LiveData Utilities for Power Distribution

Power distribution is the new frontier of the smart grid. Distributed generation sources such as solar and micro grids, the requisite automation needed to manage distributed assets, and increased regulatory pressure for better outage response are exponentially increasing the number of automated devices, systems, and data that needs to be managed by distribution companies.  

LiveData Utilities has many years of experience helping to manage the integration of distribution data. Many customers use RTI Platform to integrate OMS, EMS, DMS, SCADA, MDM, and discrete devices throughout the distribution grid.  

RTI Platform for Power Distribution

LiveData RTI is designed to help Distribution operators integrate assets, devices, and systems effectively and efficiently. Our real-time middleware platform is designed as an intelligent solution for handling the increased volume, velocity, and variability of Operational Technology data. With years of experience integrating OMS, EMS, ADMS, SCADA, and DCS systems and discrete devices throughout your grid, we are a trusted alternative to point-to-point integrations and custom solutions.

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LiveData RTI Platform enables Distribution operators to:

  • Establish bi-directional communication and control to protect life, equipment, and the environment
  • Integrate disparate OT systems spanning from modern EMS systems to proprietary 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

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

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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RTI OMS for Power Distribution

LiveData RTI OMS provides an integration framework that enables data from grid devices to be translated into industry-standard protocols and application-specific formats for immediate use by outage management systems (OMS) as they model and visualize the state of the grid. RTI OMS bi-directionally captures, transforms, and delivers data from the power grid to OMS to efficiently detect, report, and resolve outage incidents. LiveData RTI OMS is capable of transforming operational instructions from OMS into formats and commands that can be delivered securely to SCADA and EMS systems to control devices, networks, and systems. 

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 RTI OMS enables operators to:

  • Increase situational awareness
  • Reduce operator errors and increase operator efficiency by using a single GUI for interacting with automated devices for control, alarms, and OMS functions
  • Reduce outage restoration time by enabling OMS to automate device controls
  • Increase operational efficiency by facilitating secure OMS-driven fault isolation and restoration
  • Streamline deployment with industry-standard protocols
  • Reduce cost of maintenance by coordinating network modeling with custom batch configuration
  • Support accurate reliability reporting by providing OMS with precise timing for momentary and sustained outages

RTI Tag Manager

RTI OMS  can be enhanced by using RTI Tag Manager which allows operators to manage they synchronization of device tags, files, and metadata across multiple systems. RTI Tag manager coordinates tags, data file creation, data file loading, table updates, and system restarts across your OMS, SCADA, GIS, and RTI systems from a single application.


RTI Viz for Power Distribution

LiveData RTI Platform supports dynamic, real-time visualizations through LiveData RTI Viz. LiveData RTI Viz is an HTML5-based web application that features semi-custom visualization screens. 

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  • Rapidly deploy visualization screens to meet organizational goals
  • View real-time and historical analog trends
  • Extract historical data to a spreadsheet with one click
  • Increase situational awareness
  • Monitor devices for failure and other events
  • Create alarms that are triggered instantly based on data populated at runtime
  • Geographically report power and telemetry loss events
  • Add or remove visualization modules

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RTI Security for Power Distribution

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


Learn more about RTI Security here.

RTI Platform Protocol Support for Power Distribution

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 to simplify smart grid data and integrations, 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
  • Advanced Control Systems
  • 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
  • VBScript

LiveData supports leading development environments including:

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


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