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What is Live Energy Connect?

Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect (LEC) is an operational technology (OT)-centric middleware platform that simplifies OT system and device integration. LEC helps manage the system of systems that comprises today’s smart grid. Supporting all major protocols, including ICCP, OPC, and DNP3, LEC delivers enterprise-wide data monitoring and control while integrating OT applications like ADMS, SCADA, DERMS, and IoT sensor networks.

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Connect all your operational technology in one spot

Utilities are drowning under a sea of new DERs, devices, and OT systems. Using Live Energy Connect in an OT Message Bus (OTMB) software pattern helps utilities manage this ever-growing wave of data from OT systems devices and sensors. From our early days developing the original standard for TASE2/ICCP to safely control grid assets to our development of the OTMB category of real-time software, the Oracle Utilities team understands that integrating real-time operational technology systems and devices has a fundamentally different set of requirements than IT enterprise systems. By architecting Oracle Utilities LEC as an OTMB, your systems can easily manage the high bandwidth, low latency requirements of modern OT systems while ensuring accurate communications to high latency legacy OT systems.

LEC’s architecture features advanced extract, transform, and load (ETL) functions to ensure that automated grid processes are uninterrupted by using intelligent data-filtering techniques. LEC OTMB includes data modeling and measurement management across multiple systems, reducing the necessity for operators to manually manage devices and system configuration files.

OTMB is at work when we connect a single generation asset to an ISO and when we help manage a network of millions of devices.

Oracle Utilities LEC enables utility operators to:

  • Seamlessly Integrate disparate OT systems, including OMS, DCS, SCADA, DERMS, and ADMS
  • Integrate discrete devices such as RTUs and other grid automation, including IoT sensors
  • Execute ETL functions and efficiently integrate real-time analytics engines
  • Efficiently implement operational and business logic related to OT devices and systems
  • Operationalize real-time, bidirectional control
  • Operate grid automation on lossy and messy radio networks
  • Simultaneously capture, transform, and deliver data from millions of points
  • Create a flexible framework that is easily scaled to accommodate diverse data types, protocols, and data standards
  • Manage complex OT and OT to IT data flows
  • Establish a secure environment that meets NERC CIP requirements
  • Configure and deploy connected assets with regional markets and system operators
  • Leverage high-availability solutions to ensure system reliability
  • Transact via most major utility and industry protocols, including ICCP, OPC, DNP3, Web Services (REST), Modbus and legacy protocols
  • Integrate OT/IT data exchanges, real-time analytic tools, and distribution automation devices

Video spotlight: Evergy

Video spotlight: Evergy

KCP&L (now part of Evergy) consolidated multiple operational technology systems to streamline operator responsibilities using the SCADA capabilities of Oracle Utilities LEC and Oracle Utilities NMS, which allows them to quickly develop, integrate, and implement an updated distribution automation (DA) architecture.

The system displays all operational data in real time, monitors the status of field devices, establishes alarming parameters, and controls more than 3,000 automated devices transacting 90,000 (and growing) data points of information.

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Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect Provides Turnkey ICCP Connectivity

Energy market participants use Oracle Utilities LEC ICCP services to meet real-time reporting and control requirements in all North American ISOs.

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Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect Protocol Support

Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect offers native support for a broad range of industry protocols. ICCP, OPC, DNP 3.0, Modbus, REST, Web services. We've got you covered.

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Save OT Integration Time, Money, and Maintenance Costs

Securely bridge all your OT and IT assets with Oracle’s operational technology message bus (OTMB). Enable enterprise-wide monitoring, control, and decision-support, while reducing the time, cost, and maintenance associated with traditional integration approaches.

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Maintain Device Synchronization with Oracle Utilities LEC AIM

Automate asset ID management, increase operational efficiency, and minimize the risk of human error. With Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect Asset ID Manager (Oracle Utilities LEC AIM), utilities can simplify the management of configurations and namespaces across operational technology (OT) systems.

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Deliver real-time intelligence with an operational historian

Collect, archive, and retrieve time-series data from any utility device or system with an Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect adapter for operational historian databases. Simplify the process of gathering operational data, and provide the data needed for analytics and business intelligence.

We wrote the book on ICCP

When Oracle Utilities purchased LiveData Utilities, they acquired a team with deep operational technology (OT) protocol experience starting with Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP) leadership at the inception of the protocol.

ICCP is an international standard — International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Telecontrol Application Service Element 2 (TASE.2).

Our engineers played a significant role in the development of ICCP per IEC60870-6 TASE.2. ICCP became the de facto standard worldwide for control-center communication in the electric power sector, enabling data exchange inside utility systems as well as between utilities and power pools, regional regulators, and nonutility generators.

Why use ICCP

Operating across LANs and WANs, the ICCP protocol enables the exchange of real-time and historical power system monitoring and control data, including measured values, scheduling data, energy accounting data, and operator messages. Data exchange can occur between and among:

  • Multiple control center EMS systems
  • EMS and power plant DCS systems
  • EMS and distribution SCADA systems
  • EMS and other utility systems
  • EMS/SCADA and substations
  • Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect ICCP is fundamental to Oracle Utilities LEC OT-centric middleware server. It is the first ICCP protocol solution that uses an object configuration−driven approach to minimize the cost and complexity of developing and maintaining ICCP. As a result, it enables the creation of the most highly maintainable, flexible ICCP system possible.

    Oracle Utilities LEC ICCP solution runs on the most cost-effective hardware platform to provide an ICCP communications processor for new or existing SCADA/EMS/DCS systems. Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect offers an ICCP solution that is very easy to manage and administer.

    With Oracle Utilities Live Energy Connect ICCP, customers benefit from a proven robust application server that is part of our Live Energy Connect solution. This is an alternative to building a custom C++ program from a set of function libraries. Critical features required for reliable communications, such as connection management, fault tolerance, redundant network support, no memory leaks, and on-line configuration, are already built into the Oracle Utilities LEC executable and are proven in mission-critical applications at a large number of customer sites.

Peek inside the Live Energy Connect (LEC) engine

The Oracle Utilities LEC engine is built on an in-memory architecture, which is optimized for manipulating high volume, real-time data flows.

Oracle Utilities LEC can support millions of devices simultaneously. It includes the widest array of data interfaces available, and supports industry standards such as REST, SOAP, XML, HTML, HTTP, SQL, ICCP, COM, .NET, Modbus, OPC, ICCP, DNP3 and RS-232. LEC supports read, write, and asynchronous communication modes, and schema-based data definitions.

Oracle Utilities LEC applications contain data and device definitions coupled with operational business-process logic. They range from simple data routing applications that bring real-time data instantly to the required device (or client) to sophisticated analytic workflows that include business-process logic and complex statistical calculations. End users can modify existing Oracle Utilities LEC applications or create their own custom applications using embedded Python scripting.

Oracle Utilities LEC architecture