Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

QualityLogic offers consulting and testing for smart grid projects

Steve Rogerson
February 2, 2017
Interoperability smart grid test tool developer QualityLogic is introducing independent integration consulting and testing services to help implement pilots, demonstrations and full deployments that involve smart grid communications standards.
The smart energy industry has made great strides in establishing standards that enable communications interoperability in demand response, DER integration and distribution automation projects. Standards such as Open ADR, IEEE 2030.5, IEC 61850, Open FMB and so on provide a common communications methodology for critical information needed by devices and systems to coordinate smart grid behaviour. Such behaviour improves reliability, resilience and security, and provides flexibility to add capabilities and vendors at little cost and time.
Beyond the selection of technology standards, utilities and implementers encounter challenges when using standards, including:

  • Understanding how best to specify and benefit from a selected standard;
  • Training teams to develop, specify, acquire and deploy products based on specific standards;
  • Assessing the maturity of various standards and products under consideration to avoid orphaned or obsolete implementations; and
  • Designing implementation test processes to ensure interoperability of products from multiple vendors.
California-based QualityLogic’s expertise in smart grid standards derives from creating the test tools for development and certification of products based on these standards. The company is making this expertise available as a set of services to address the interoperability challenges of new smart grid projects.
The company is independent from project vendors and acts as a neutral party to isolate and communicate interoperability issues to each of the parties involved, reducing disagreements about responsibility for fixing problems.
The integration service offerings include training workshops on specific standards and achieving interoperability to aid in understanding and implementing communications protocols. It also provides assessment of smart grid standard and product maturity to ensure informed decisions about specifications, development and implementation plans.
Also included are development and execution of test and certification processes and procedures for pilot, demonstration or production implementations, including test planning, test tool development, test execution, analysis and reporting. And it will help create custom test tools and platforms to accelerate testing and deployment.