The SMP 16 substation gateway from Cooper Power Systems has received certification for International Electrotechnical Commission 61850 interoperability, from DNV KEMA. The certification follows testing at KEMA Protocol Competence and Test Center in Arnhem, Netherlands, and verifies that the SMP 16 meets the IEC 61850 requirements as defined by the Utility Communications Architecture (UCA) International Users Group.
“Global customers now have independent confirmation and confidence that the SMP 16 will perform optimally in smart grid environments,” said Tom Pitstick, vice president and general manager, Energy Automation Solutions business unit, Cooper Power Systems.
IEC 61850 is quickly becoming a critical global standard for the design of electrical substations, and is even being extended beyond the substation to all power systems. It enables the integration of protection, control, measurement, and monitoring functions, combining the convenience of Ethernet with performance and security that are essential to the smart grid.
In 2005, the SMP 16 was one of the first communication gateways in the electrical industry to successfully implement IEC 61850. Since that time, Cooper Power Systems has completed multiple substation and distribution automation projects with various utilities and industrial companies, demonstrating interoperability with IEC 61850 Intelligent Electronic Devices from different manufacturers.