Today at DistribuTECH, the Korea Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) and QualityLogic signed an historic agreement that names QualityLogic the first worldwide distributor of the KEPCO IEC 61850 suite of test tools.
The two companies have been working together for three years to make commercial-quality IEC 61850 test tools available to the industry. The tools ensure interoperability of substation automation products that communicate using the IEC 61850 standard.
Under the agreement, QualityLogic will distribute:
· the KEPCO-developed IEC 61850 Client Conformance Test System based on the UCA Client Conformance Test Specification V1.1, and
· a Virtual Server product that facilitates Client development and test.
“KEPCO is strategically focused on leading the world in implementing the IEC 61850 standard by using the standard to update all of our substations. In the process, we are developing an eco-system of vendors offering interoperable IEC 61850 products, and our R&D organization has developed a set of test tools to fill a gap in the offerings from the industry,” said Choi In-gyu, Vice President of Research at KEPCO. “QualityLogic, a well-respected leader in smart grid test tools and services, was our first choice for a partner to distribute and support customers for these tools.”
“QualityLogic’s business is developing, licensing and supporting smart grid test tools. Being able to offer our customers state-of-the-art IEC 61850 test tools moves us into a new part of the smart grid interoperability standards business and leverages our expertise and reputation,” said James Mater, GM Smart Grid at QualityLogic. “Working with KEPCO R&D, we are able to offer the industry the benefits of their man-years of investment in the tools and our own standards for quality test tools.”
The tools, available now from QualityLogic, are reasonably priced. The IEC 61850 Client Conformance Verifier is the first automated test tool to implement the Conformance Test Procedures for Client System with IEC 61850-8-1 interface, Edition 1. The test tool is useful for certification and pre-certification testing, as well as development engineering test for IEC 61850 Clients.
The tools can be seen in QualityLogic’s booth #4013 at DistribuTECH.