Wednesday 27 July 2011

Certification for IEC 61850 driver

COPA-DATA has received another accreditation for its zenon hmi/SCADA software: the zenon Client Driver, developed in-house to meet the IEC 61850 energy technology standard, has been certified by KEMA.

Tested Interoperability
In order for an automation system such as zenon to be able to communicate with different protocols and standards when being used in substation systems, users need a corresponding driver. For this reason, the COPA-DATA development team developed the zenon IEC 61850 Client Driver in 2006 to enable the exchange of data using the international standard IEC 61850. After comprehensive tests, the zenon Client Driver has now been certified by the international testing and certification company KEMA. This certification confirms smooth communication with this standard and seamless interoperability with all available servers within a zenon substation project.

Certification ensures competitive advantage
Jürgen Resch, Energy Industry Manager at COPA-DATA, stresses the importance of this certification: “The zenon IEC 61850 Client Driver has already been successfully integrated into energy projects. However, the certification of the driver is now often required in tenders in the field of substation automation. Only a few companies in the world are currently able to offer this certification. This makes it all the better for us; the fact that we can also meet this criterion now. Confirmation from an independent testing body such as KEMA guarantees us significant competitive advantage and underscores our role as a pioneer in substation automation.”

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