Open Smart Grid Platform Documentation

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Properties of the Open Smart Grid Platform

The Open Smart Grid Platform is designed for message based communication.

  • Acts as a connecting link between (web)applications and smart devices
  • The open Source approach prevents vendor lock-in
  • State of the art security
  • Fully scalable, dynamically scaling up and down as more devices and applications are added.
  • Freedom of choice in the desired IP communication infrastructure , e.g. CDMA and GPRS.
  • Stimulates open innovation by using open standards and open source technology
  • Multiple devices and communication protocols are supported
  • Independent of (cloud) hosting infrastructure
  • By de-linking the chain and the use of open standards and the open source license, anyone can build his or her applications on top of the open smart grid platform.
  • The open smart grid platform is optimized to provide reliable and efficient delivery of command and control information for e.g. smart meters, direct load control modules, solar panels, gateways and other applications.
  • The open smart grid platform simplifies the implementation of smart devices resulting in a shorter time-to-market by having built-in device management features
  • The platform supports various IP data communication infrastructures to communicate with the devices (internet, lan, GPRS, CDMA, UMTS, etc.).
  • The open smart grid platform also supports authentication and encryption for all data exchanges to protect the integrity and privacy of data as required in e.g. the smart grid.
  • The open smart grid platform supports multiple protocols
  • Easy application integration
  • Supports active-active setup over multiple data centers
  • Adding servers can be done in runtime

Please note: the Open Smart Grid Platform is not built for streaming data such as video, audio or a stream of high frequency measurement data.

Unique features of the Open Smart Grid Platform

The Open Smart Grid Platform is unique due to its multi-dimensional, generic and open design. Because of a true separation of layers and the use of open standards, other suppliers and/or third parties are able to develop and market innovative solutions.

  1. The platform is multi-dimensional. This means that several customer use cases (with separate business models) are able to use the various device functions. One single application could use the same function of different devices.
  2. The generic design ensures that the platform can be used in a flexible way for several functions and applications (e.g. public lighting services and smart meter services).
  3. The platform is aimed at the 'common parts' of the technology chain; suppliers or vendors (of both applications and devices) have no competitive advantage in delivering these kind of services.
  4. The platform layers are truly separated by open standards and the platform is made available as open source software.
  5. The platform does not store any application data (the platform is thus stateless ). No messages/commands will ever get lost. This enables third party vendors and developers to deliver innovative applications which are competitive in both rich functionalities and the generated data.