IEC 61850 gateway securely streamlines power substation networks

09-03-2022 | Moxa | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Moxa has launched the new MGate 5119 Series IEC 61850 gateway, which simplifies system integrations and improves communication security for power substations.

This substation gateway offers DNP3/IEC 101/IEC 104/Modbus-to-IEC 61850 protocol conversions, simple-to-use functions to simplify configuration and troubleshooting, security-hardened features based on the IEC 62443 and NERC CIP standards, and a protocol encryption function to improve communication security. With these features, the gateway is ideal for substation retrofit projects.

The gateway’s design is based on IEC 62443 and NERC CIP standards, delivering security embedded functions to connect devices securely. What’s more, it offers a data encryption function for protocol communication, improving cybersecurity for critical communications between power SCADA systems and substation gateways.

The gateway not only converts your protocol from Modbus, DNP3, and IEC 60870-5-101/104 to IEC 61850 MMS but also supports time synchronisation functions to deliver data with a consistent time stamp. Also, it provides an easy-to-use function to generate a substation configuration language file, saving huge time on initial deployment. To lessen efforts for daily maintenance, the series supports comprehensive troubleshooting tools that can diagnose protocol status and capture traffic to find the root cause if a communication error occurs.

Enabling communication for power substations demands reliable gateways to endure harsh operating conditions, therefore, the gateway features 2kV serial port isolation, compliance with IEC 61850-3/IEEE 1613, and a -40C to 75C wide operating temperature range to provide reliable communications and operations. It is also supplied with a five-year warranty, ensuring stability and reliability for long-term operations.

By Natasha Shek