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ICCP Whitepaper

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LiveData and ICCP

What is ICCP and why use it? 

iccp diagramThe Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP) is an international standard: International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Telecontrol Application Service Element 2 (TASE.2).

LiveData engineers played a significant role in the development of ICCP per IEC60870-6 TASE.2. ICCP became the de facto standard worldwide for communication between control centers in the electric power sector, enabling data exchange between utility control centers, utilities, power pools, regional control centers, and non-utility generators.

Operating across LANs and WANs, ICCP 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

The LiveData ICCP Solution 

The LiveData ICCP Solution is fundamental to LiveData Protocol Server and LiveData RTI. It is the first ICCP 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.

The LiveData ICCP solution runs on the most cost-effective hardware platform to provide an ICCP communications processor for new or existing SCADA/EMS/DCS systems. It supports a range of scalability from low-end PC to high-end multiprocessor RISC hardware under the Microsoft Windows NT operating systems. As a result, LiveData offers an ICCP solution that is very easy to manage and administer.

With LiveData ICCP, customers benefit from a proven robust executable rather than having to build 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 LiveData executable and are proven in mission critical applications at a large number of customer sites.