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LiveData for Transmission

Power transmission operators use LiveData Utilities services and solutions to manage assets, configure Operational Technology integrations, and connect to energy markets.

LiveData Utilities created its RTI real-time OT middleware platform as an intelligent solution to handling the increased volume, velocity, and variability of real-time Operational Technology data.

LiveData RTI is designed to help Transmission operators integrate assets, devices, and systems effectively and efficiently. By establishing bi-directional communication and control, LiveData RTI is capable of reporting load balances, monitoring voltages, and tracking demand while allowing operators to adjust transmission rates in-the-moment.

RTI Platform for Transmission

LiveData Utilities has over 20 years of experience integrating EMS, OMS, ADMS, SCADA, and DCS systems, and discrete devices throughout your grid. LiveData RTI Platform is often used to integrate:

  • OT management systems including EMS, OMS, DMS, SCADA, DCS, MDMS, DERMS, and GMS systems
  • OT/IT data exchanges
  • Real-time analytics tools
  • Distribution Automation devices

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LiveData RTI Platform enables Transmission operators to:

  • Integrate disparate OT systems spanning from modern EMS systems to proprietary and legacy systems
  • Establish a secure environment that meets NERC CIP requirements
  • Create a flexible framework that is easily scaled to accommodate diverse data types, protocols, and data standards
  • Monitor device and grid health in real-time
  • Leverage High-Availability solutions to ensure system reliability
  • Transact via most major utility and industry protocols, including ICCP, IEC 61850, OPC, DNP3, MultiSpeak, Web Services, and Modbus
  • Provide awareness of bulk power transmission market rates
  • Monitor transmission loads

In addition to robust integration and ETL functions (pre-processing of real-time analytics data), RTI Platform features LiveData RTI Configuration Manager. RTI Configuration Manager is a graphical configuration tool that allows engineers to quickly integrate new devices. RTI Configuration Manager enables engineers to graphically describe complex data flows and to debug and visualize data flows and data states in real-time. RTI Configuration Manager is used to create data templates which represent classes of data such as different device types.  At run-time,  devices of known data classes are added as a configuration simply by adding a line to a CSV file.

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Learn more about LiveData RTI Platform here.

RTI Protocol Support for Transmission

LiveData RTI Platform can be leveraged as a protocol converter and fully supports most proprietary and standard protocols, for example, DNP3, ICCP, Modbus, IEC 61850, OPC, Multispeak, CIM, and Web Services. RTI Platform is designed to easily add new industry and proprietary protocol converters making LiveData Platform capable of supporting all your protocols. With over 20 years of experience working with utilities, LiveData Utilities is capable of interfacing nearly any system or device.


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LiveData Utilities supports the following protocols and transactional database languages:

Bi-Directional Protocols

  • ICCP Blocks 1-8
  • IEC 61850
  • DNP 3.0 (RS-232/485, TCP, UDP)
  • OPC
  • MultiSpeak
  • Allen-Bradley (RS-232/485, DH, DH+, TCP-- no AB RS software required)
  • Modbus (RS-232/485, Modbus+, TCP, UDP)
  • MMS (TCP, OSI)
  • PG&E (RS-232/485, TCP, UDP)
  • Siemens (S7)
  • SOAP
  • UCA 2.0
  • UDDI WAP & SMS (cellphone alerts)
  • XML

Database Support

  • MS SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Sybase
  • DB2
  • MySQL
  • MySQL MaxDB
  • SQLite
  • ODBC
  • Mongo
  • Firebase

LiveData Interfaces to any SCADA, EMS, HMI, DCS and/or OMS System, including:

  • ABB
  • AREVA
  • Advanced Control Systems
  • EFACAC 
  • GE
  • Honeywell
  • Intellution
  • Invensys
  • M3i 
  • Open Systems International
  • Oracle 
  • OSISoft
  • Siemens
  • Sisco
  • Telvent
  • Triangle Microworks
  • Wonderware
  • Full support for CIM, DAF, ICCP, UCA, OPC/CORBA, and XML

Technology for Adding Connectivity

LiveData supports leading scripting languages including:

  • Python
  • .NET
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Perl
  • PUB-SCRIPT
  • VBScript

LiveData supports leading development environments including:

  • OPC Client and Server
  • Sockets C/C++ API
  • ActiveMQ
  • Oracle ESB
  • TIBCO Rendezvous

 

Learn more about LiveData Protocol Support here.

RTI ISO Connect for Transmission

Participants in today’s power markets need precise, real-time connectivity to facilitate and profit from buying and selling power. LiveData Utilities RTI ISO Connect™ is a real-time connection service and solution to manage transactional data flows and meet your Independent Service Operator/Regional Transmission Organization (ISO/RTO) markets’ real-time reporting and control needs. 

LiveData RTI ISO Connect offering allows power transmission organizations to manage real-time ICCP connection to ISO/RTO power markets as a fixed-price, turnkey offering.  We sweat the details, so you don’t have to. Our comprehensive software and services will configure, deploy, and help you manage your real-time connectivity. LiveData RTI ISO Connect also makes it easy to incorporate distributed assets into your grid – allowing for generation to take place in more economically viable plants and maximizing profits from transmitting power to higher demand areas.


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LiveData RTI PlatformTM is the leading technical framework for streaming bidirectional data between power transmission grids, generation assets, and power markets.

RTI ISO Connect:

  • Ensures consistent transactions with operational and trading systems
  • Delivers a reliable ISO/RTO integration at a fixed price
  • Participates in ISO/RTOs coordination meetings
  • Applies unsurpassed industry knowledge and ISO/ RTO experience to every implementation
  • Has a proven track record of providing on-time delivery and long-term support for ISO/RTO integrations
  • Safeguards stable communications, reducing the risk of prolonged transmission downtime
  • Capable of passing SOAP-wrapped XML ICCP data to ISO markets
  • Modbus, OPC, and DNP3 supported between RTI and control systems

LiveData Utilities delivers leading edge integration technologies based in-depth knowledge of configuration interfaces and protocols, and has helped over 100 utilities connect to secondary markets.

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Learn more about RTI ISO Connect here.

RTI Security for Transmission

In addition to providing a robust framework for connecting, monitoring, and managing distribution systems. LiveData RTI Platform also offers solutions that meet NERC CIP requirements for security and reporting.

Jeff Robbins, LiveData Utilities CTO, authored a white paper dicsussing CIP Cyber Security Improvements that can be viewed here. 


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LiveData RTI Security Solutions include:

  • Network segmentation to create secure environments for transactional data flows
  • Real-time data monitoring of grid and device status to identify threats and mitigate security concerns
  • Protocol aware message passing between OT and IT networks
  • External threat protection of control systems, devices and assets via four layer whitelisting
  • DMZ solutions for bridging control and IT networks

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Learn more about RTI Security here.