Inter Control Center Protocol
Inter-utility real-time data exchange has become critical
to the operation of inter-connected systems within the electric
power utility industry. The ability to exchange power system data
with boundary control areas and beyond provides visibility for
disturbance detection and reconstruction, improved modeling
capability and enhanced operation through future Control centers
or Independent System Operators (ISOs) or Regional Transmission
The Inter-Control Center Protocol (ICCP) allows for data exchange
over Wide Area Networks (WANs) between a utility control center
and other control centers, other utilities, power pools, regional
control centers, and Non-Utility Generators.
information consists of real-time and historical power system
monitoring and control data, including measured values, scheduling
data, energy accounting data, and operator messages.
This data exchange occurs between one control center's SCADA/EMS
host and a corresponding host at another center, often through
one or more intervening communications processors.
ICCP is a standard real-time data exchange protocol. It provides
numerous features for the delivery of data, monitoring of values,
program control and device control. All the protocol specifics
needed to ensure interoperability between different vendor's ICCP
products have been included in the specifications.
The ICCP specifications, however, do not attempt to specify other
areas that will need to be implemented in an ICCP software product
but that do not affect interoperability. These areas are referred
to as “local implementation issues”
in the specification. Some of the local implementation issues in
the specification are listed below:
||The API through which local applications interface to ICCP to send or receive data
||A user interface to ICCP for user management of ICCP data links
||Management functions for controlling and monitoring ICCP data links
||Failover schemes where redundant ICCP servers are required to meet stringent availability requirements, such as those typically experienced in an EMS/SCADA system environment
||How data, programs or devices will be controlled or managed in the local SCADA/EMS to respond to requests received via an ICCP data link.
CompuSharp is able to provide Customization and
Implementation support for all aspects of ICCP.