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