Real-Time Innovations advances management of smart grid IoT devices

Written By: Jen Neville
November 8, 2017

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity company, announced they were 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. The 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.
RTI was selected to continue their research and development of a technology solution for securely managing, configuring and monitoring intelligent computing devices that would control the modern energy grid. The solution would 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. It would ensure that their efforts are aligned and relevant across the broader market.
In Phase I of this research, RTI built upon their 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 would build 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.
Dr. Stuart Laval, Director of Technology Development at Duke Energy commented: [p class=”provocative-quote”]The development of effective management capabilities is important to the ongoing evolution of grid-edge distributed intelligence frameworks such as OpenFMB. With today’s increasing focus on the use of DERs for grid resilience, utilities and technology providers will use capabilities like these to deliver solutions that meet today’s needs. This DOE grant to RTI is another step forward in the development of OpenFMB as a solution to meet utility needs.[field provocative-quote metabox=news_meta][/p]

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