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High Tech US Smart Grid Lab Integrates SUBNET Technology

SUBNET Solutions Inc. | April 3, 2012

SUBNET Solutions Inc. technology is being used in the new EnerNex state-of-the-art Smart Grid Labs, one of the premier smart grid testing and evaluation facilities in the country.

SUBNET Solutions Inc. ("SUBNET"), a solutions provider that works with utilities to integrate substation IED access and security, visualization and control, fault file management and asset monitoring, recently donated software and engineering time to help build the EnerNex Smart Grid Labs (SGL). The facility was developed to give vendors, utilities and regulatory personnel a place to evaluate smart grid services for communications, security, standards compliance and implementation assistance.

SUBNET was selected to supply an integration platform for the substation and distribution devices at SGL to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability. SUBNET's vendor agnostic solutions enable EnerNex to demonstrate advancements in unifying smart grid substation device access and security.

Travis Jaffray, Technical Product Manager with SUBNET, worked closely with EnerNex to help integrate a number of SUBNET smart grid technologies at the lab. EnerNex Smart Grid Labs is currently using SUBNET's PowerSYSTEM Center with My Passwords and My IEDs to provide complete and secure IED access control, password management, as well as My Faults for event file collection. SUBNET's SubSTATION Server is also being used as a secure data gateway and for protocol conversion, while SubSTATION Explorer is found in the testing facility's system as an HMI for visualization.

“SUBNET is really excited to have been included by EnerNex in their Smart Grid Labs initiative," says Jaffray. “One reason SUBNET was included in the project was we provide specifically multi-vendor solutions. The smart grid lab includes devices from multiple vendors such as Arbiter System, Bitronics, eMS, GE Digital Energy, Hindle Power, SEL, RugggedCom, Sisco and TE Connectivity all of which are accessible with SUBNET’s vendor agnostic software solutions.”

The lab’s substation architecture was deployed using the SUBNET Unified Grid Intelligence Architecture, which SUBNET designed in order to eliminate the expense and inefficiencies of legacy tiered substation architectures. The system includes redundancy, creating a more reliable substation that is affordable and vastly improves the maintainability of the overall solution.

The SUBNET Unified Grid Intelligence Architecture enables utilities to configure substations in significantly less time than traditional RTU or other tiered communication processor based architectures. This architecture enables the consolidation of numerous different legacy device configurations per substation into one consolidated device configuration. Also, SUBNET’s advanced configuration capabilities enable configuration automation that leverages the utilities engineering design standards and configuration processes that vastly simplifies and accelerates system configuration.

The lab was opened on February 29, 2012, in Knoxville, Tennessee.


SUBNET Solutions Inc. is a global software solutions provider for electrical utilities. SUBNET focuses on Making Power Grids More Intelligent®. Founded in 1992, SUBNET is an industry leader providing intelligent solutions that securely connect real time electrical utility field information with utility business systems to enable Smart Grid solutions. Over 200 utilities worldwide rely on SUBNET software to safely manage and monitor thousands of substations. SUBNET is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Developer Network Connected Energy Partner. Visit for more information.

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