World : RTI Advances Management of Smart Grid IoT Devices with $1M of Department of Energy Funding

RTI Collaborates with Duke Energy and SEPA to Leverage the Data Distribution Service™ (DDS) and Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™) Standards


SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2017) - Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity company, today announced it was awarded $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance continuing smart grid research and development, utilizing the Data Distribution Service™ (DDS) standard. This funding follows Phase I, where RTI received initial funding from the DOE to prototype an advanced technology solution to enhance and secure the cyber physical communications infrastructure of the next-generation U.S. smart grid.

The modern power grid increasingly incorporates Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as solar and wind. Because these power sources are highly variable, they are best utilized in microgrids together with local battery storage to smooth their fluctuations. As this architecture continues to evolve, advanced demand-response and millisecond-level coordinated control are required to most efficiently leverage these energy assets. For this to happen, distributed intelligence must be pushed into the grid, allowing these devices to share data with each other and with the central office. In parallel, the communications and control systems need to evolve from analog to digital to successfully scale and support potentially millions of control points.

RTI was selected to continue its research and development of a technology solution for securely managing, configuring and monitoring intelligent computing devices that will control the modern energy grid. This solution will also introduce the concept of platform-independent configuration overlays to meet the diverse grid hardware requirements and future-proof the design. RTI is collaborating on this program with energy standard groups, national labs, IIoT standardization bodies and Duke Energy. This will ensure that its efforts are aligned and relevant across the broader market.

In Phase I of this research, RTI built upon its real-time commercial connectivity software, RTI Connext® DDS, to develop an open, fault-tolerant and decentralized solution that can interface with existing grid systems, with the goal of enhancing and securing the cyber physical communications infrastructure of the U.S. smart grid. RTI's advanced research team built upon the rigorously-vetted technology of RTI Connext DDS to develop a secure, resilient, multi-protocol and platform-agnostic solution for the next-generation energy grid.

In Phase II, RTI is building upon RTI Connext DDS to further develop an advanced remote device management solution with platform-independent configuration overlays. RTI is working to mature these innovations with an Industry Advisory Board in alignment with the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) RMQ.26 specification for OpenFMB.

RTI will contribute the developed code back to the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Open Field Message Bus™ (OpenFMB™) repository for the benefit of the community in order to help advance the adoption of the OpenFMB standard. SEPA is an organization dedicated to working with electric power stakeholders through the most pressing issues affecting the growth and utilization of smart energy. The OpenFMB framework, which was ratified in early 2016 as an industry standard by NAESB, applies IIoT technology approaches to the power grid. OpenFMB is a reference architecture and framework for distributed intelligence that leverages existing IIoT standards, such as DDS, Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) and Advanced Message Queue Protocol (AMQP) to federate data between field devices and harmonize them with centralized systems.

"As intelligent nodes are introduced into the grid, management services will be essential to configure, monitor and secure them," said Dr. Paul Pazandak, Director of Research at RTI. "We are grateful for the DOE's continued support and investment in advancing smart grid technologies and research. The DOE funding we've received both in Phase I and now in Phase II is a recognition of the power of the DDS standard in managing and regulating the modern grid and we look forward to furthering our efforts in this regard."


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Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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