Technical brochure
TB 891 WG B5.60

Protection, Automation and Control Architectures with Functionality Independent of Hardware

In 2017, CIGRE Study Committee B5 (Power System Protection and Local Control) initiated the formation of the Working Group B5.60 to investigate and propose new architectures for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) with application functionality independent of hardware (FIH).
The background of the Working Group is based on the current integration of hardware and software and the fact that microprocessor-based hardware is facing a commercial life cycle limitation of 10 to 15 years. The separation of application software and hardware would allow the development of new architectures of PACS and new approaches to designing, commissioning, and maintaining these systems.

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Protection and automation

This Technical Brochure has been created by a Working Group from the CIGRE Protection and automation Study Committee which is one of CIGRE's 16 domains of work.
The scope of the Committee covers the principles, design, application and management of power system protection, substation control, automation, monitoring, recording and metering – including associated internal and external communications and interfacing for remote control and monitoring.

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