IES in a nutshell
The project 'IES - Integrating the Energy System' aims at establishing a process chain to ensure standards-based interoperability of data exchanges in ICT systems in the energy sector.
IES draws from more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare sector, where interoperability of systems has long been reached. The methodology has matured over many years in the medical sector, starting with digital X-ray images (radiology) in 1999, and by today achieved wide acceptance in the US, Europe and East Asia.
IES is based on three pillars:
- Integration profiles: specify the normalised use of existing IT- and communication standards (e.g. IEC 61850, IEC 60870-104) in conformance with the European Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) developed within the Smart Grid Mandate M/490. Integration profiles are compiled into 'Technical Frameworks', detailed technical documents that serve as implementation guides.
- Interoperability test: IES provides a test tool for vendors to test their software prototypes and products for interoperability as well as for conformance with relevant integration profiles. IES uses an adapted instance of the Gazelle, a test tool that was originally developed to test healthcare information systems for standards-based interoperability. Tests between different vendors take place once a year and are conducted peer-to-peer in a predefined and structured test environment called 'Connectathon Energy'.
- Test results: successful test results are published in an online open-access data bank following the example of the IHE Connectathon Results Browser