Substation Communications Design Legacy to IEC 61850 Best Practices


Two trends, the migration of the electrical grid to the “Smart Grid” and the adoption of Ethernet networking technologies are causing many utilities to re-evaluate their substation communications infrastructure.   As operations move from “islands of automation” to systems that tie all the “islands” together many engineers, field technicians, managers, IT professionals and others do not know where to begin.   

To help, Belden has consolidated its learning and experience from helping hundreds of customers around the world design robust substation communications networks.  The result is an easy-to-follow process that incorporates the 10 best practices described in this white paper.  It provides guidance on segmenting Ethernet communications into groups, adding remote access, implementing security and more.

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