Operational Technology Message Bus

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As the volume of Operational Technology (OT) data increases each day, organizations are spending more time and money engineering solutions to integrate data sources and systems across smart grid systems. In systems lacking a proper architecture, the increased volume, variability, and velocity of data being created makes it increasingly difficult to integrate new systems and devices in to your smart grid architecture and to efficiently process, analyze and extract salient data in real time.

Traditionally, smart grid devices and systems are integrated in a point-to-point fashion. As new devices and dataflows are brought into the operational process, a solution must be engineered to ensure that individual devices or data sets are appropriately responding to system requests and is acting with the correct latency and throughput. This approach is fraught with shortcomings – integrations are rarely as simple as they seem, IT and OT systems are siloed, and point-to-point integrations do not provide a consistent framework for enhanced ETL and analytic functions. To unlock the hidden value of OT data it must be made available to a broad range of OT and IT enterprise systems; while bridging the gap between IT and OT is a growing imperative, it creates considerable security concerns, not the least of which is meeting NERC CIP V5 requirements.

An emerging class of technology, the Operational Technology Message Bus (OTMB) is addressing the shortcomings of traditional integrations and system architectures. By establishing a message oriented real-time middleware solution within your architecture, systems are able to transact in real-time - passing data back and forth at the velocity required by Operational Technology systems and applications. OTMB architecture is able to facilitate advanced ETL functions and ensure that automated grid processes are uninterrupted by using intelligent data filtering techniques. An OTMB architectures should include data modeling and tag management across multiple systems, reducing the necessity for operators to manually manage devices and system configuration files. To expedite the integration of new devices and data sources, OTMB architecture must feature the ability to natively translate industry protocols.

A best-in-class OTMB has the following features:

  • SCADA-class in-memory processing
  • The ability to configure and manipulate data flows with data that is populated at run time
  • Native utility protocol support such as ICCP, DNP3, Modbus and OPC
  • Scalable, High Availability networks
  • Seamless integration with IT systems including enterprise middleware solutions
  • Tag management and metadata support

 

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Utility system architects working to maximize the potential of their existing systems and futureproof their operations are employing LiveData RTI Server to establish an Operational Technology Message Bus (OTMB). By using the RTI Server to facilitate transactional data messaging and leveraging LiveData Utilities’ deep experience in protocol support, device configurations, and application integrations, LiveData Utilities can help customers establish a best-in-class OTMB. By connecting systems, devices, and applications to a common OTMB, data is available for use instantly – allowing operators to actively manage their assets based on real-time OT data.

RTI Server meets the following OTMB architectural constructs:

  • Protect life, equipment, and the environment
  • Maintain service reliability
  • Operationalize real-time, bi-directional control
  • Support lossy and messy radio networks
  • Native support modern and legacy utility equipment and protocols
  • Respond to regulatory requirements, such as NERC CIP V5

Employing LiveData Utilities RTI middleware layer to establish an OTMB creates a rich environment featuring:

  • Seamless integration of devices and applications such as OMS, DCS, SCADA, and a variety of operational and IT systems
  • Tag management and metadata support
  • Realtime in-memory processing
  • Graphical data flow management and configuration
  • Data templating tools with data population at run time
  • 50 inline data operations including deadbanding and Embedded Python Scripting
  • Scalable High Availability (HA) server networking, including dual-server support

Employing RTI Platform as an OTMB homogenizes data delivered by diverse platforms, devices, applications, and protocols. Our RTI message-oriented middleware is capable of delivering, managing, and transforming data without the need for custom programming between points. LiveData Utilities helps establish next-generation smart grids by creating OTMB architecture that caters to your specific technology stack.

LiveData Utilities currently is offering our recent white paper, "How High Performance Operations Groups Employ an Operational Technology Message Bus - Getting Ahead of the Accelerating Complexity and Scale of Devices, Data, and Distributed Generation on the Smart Grid," for download click here.

To learn more about how LiveData RTI Platform can be leveraged in your organization contact us.

White Paper Available

"How High Performance Operations Groups Employ an Operational Technology Message Bus - Getting Ahead of the Accelerating Complexity and Scale of Devices, Data, and Distributed Generation on the Smart Grid"

Learn how OTMB architecture can serve your organization today.

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