Over the last decade, the “digitization” of the electron enterprise has grown at exponential rates. Utility, industrial, commercial, and even residential consumers are transforming all aspects of their lives into the digital domain. Moving forward, it is expected that every piece of equipment, every receptacle, every switch, and even every light bulb will possess some type of setting, monitoring and/or control. This paper looks at the needs of next generation communication systems and provides an overview of the IEC61850 protocol and how it meets these needs.
Electronics & Communication