New Ixxat Smart Grid Gateways for IEC 61850 and IEC 60870 with LTE support
Published by : Industrial Automation
The Ixxat SG-gateways are ideal for easy digitalisation of small, outlying energy distribution stations.
November 2020 – Ixxat® SG-gateways enable communication between industrial automation devices and energy networks. HMS Networks is now extending the Ixxat SG-gateway line with new versions including a 4G/LTE modem for cellular connectivity as well as 4-port Ethernet switching capabilities, giving users additional energy networking options for substations and power plants.
For several energy networking use cases – mini-RTU, gateway and remote access
Ixxat SG-gateways are used in many areas of energy automation, e.g., in modern power plants and in large-scale energy consumer installations for retrofitting systems and digitalising substations. The SG-gateways are used for different purposes: They connect energy control networks with industrial automation devices, enable remote access, act as gateways between different protocols and thus enable the development of state-of-the-art IIoT applications.
With the new, integrated 4G modem and the extensive protocol support, the Ixxat SG-gateways are ideal for easy digitalisation of small, outlying energy distribution stations. The 4G CAT1 connection offers 10 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream communication with low latency, high network coverage and a universal data channel – independent of wired Ethernet, DSL or fibre optics. 4G can be used as either the main or backup communication channel. All supported IP-based protocols – including IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-104, MQTT and OPC-UA – can be transmitted over the wireless link. The 4G modem can also be used as an independent communication channel, e.g., device maintenance and alarm messages (SMS or MQTT), enables straight-forward implementation of predictive and remote maintenance applications.
In addition to the 4G option, new multi-port versions of the Ixxat SG gateways are now available, able to securely connect networks through several independent interfaces on data level. This simplifies data exchange between energy automation networks and industrial Ethernet systems (such as PROFINET or EtherNet/IP) as well as connection to IoT-systems and cloud applications. Each network segment is connected separately and can still exchange data with all other segments. Thanks to integrated security functions, including a firewall, the overall system is easy to design and maintain, as well as being considerably more robust and secure against unauthorised access, compared to the use of conventional gateway and switch combinations.