Utility Style SCADA Control Room and Communications
To manage the various resources available in the InteGrid Lab, an easy to use SCADA HMI has been developed to interact with the equipment, integrate the various levels of controls, and collect data of interest. This front end communicates with the individual control programs of the lab resources and provides a remote interface for all system resources. This interface includes development and testing screens as well as system operator based screens used to manage the advanced capabilities of the InteGrid Lab. The monitoring, control, and data collection systems collectively constitute the InteGrid Lab Control Center.
Communications are primarily accomplished using TCP/IP links using field protocol is necessary to interface with individual assets. Since the lab is set up to emulate resources distributed across a distribution network, the individual equipment can only communicate with each other through the high level communications media without recourse to the more common hardwired links for load sharing or mode changing.