Enjoy hassle-free implementation of communication and data access requirements for the substation

This Linux-based family of products consists of a substation communications server, universal DNP gateway, remote interface gateway, and front-end processor.

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Data concentration and protocol conversion with ELAN

RUGGEDCOM ELAN solves a wide range of communications and data integration issues, from the substation to the control center and into the enterprise. This provides you with the information you need, when you need it.

Based on the Linux operating system, each product within the ELAN family focuses on a specific application within the utility’s communication infrastructure.


The RUGGEDCOM ELAN family of products offers a broad range of users within the utility secure access to the Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) information they require, in a format they understand.


You will also benefit from ease of integration and implementation when you use ELAN software in coordination with other RUGGEDCOM applications for secure remote access, data presentation and analysis.

Substation communications server

The ELAN Substation Communications Server typically resides in the substation and has a direct connection to all IEDs, offering a single point of access over a Wide Area Network (WAN) or modem connection. The server’s strength lies in its ability to support multiple, concurrent host interfaces while ensuring each one gets the specific data it needs. 

Universal Data Gateway (UDG)

The ELAN Universal DNP Gateway is available on a variety of diskless hardware platforms and I/O configurations. It can be deployed in any area, whether it be a control center or substations for smaller systems with fewer than 25 devices.


The core of the ELAN application family, the RUGGEDCOM ELAN UDG was created to address specific protocol conversion and translation issues related to RTUs, protection relays, PLCs, DFRs, and other utility IEDs.


It solves two main problems when deploying DNP 3.0 – namely, poll latency and multi-host support. Placing an ELAN UDG between masters and high latency RTUs and IEDs allows data to be readily available during the polling cycle.


This results in lower overall latency and better network utilization. Multiple virtual instances of a given field device (i.e. VRTUs) allow for multiple masters to independently communicate with them. It is also possible to have multiple RTUs and IEDs mapped into a single VRTU – the ELAN server then acts as a data concentrator.

Front-end processor

Ready to help address communication management from remote sites over a range of communications media, the ELAN Front-End Processor is based on the field-proven TIE (Telemetry Integration Environment) module.


Providing protocol mediation in a vendor-neutral configuration, the ELAN Front-End Processor help users of different EMS systems offload many of the tasks associated with managing field device communications. It also polls high-latency RTUs and IEDs, and has the data available for the master in low-latency VRTUs – thus resulting in lower overall latency and better network utilization.


This configuration tool provides detailed configuration of client and server devices and point-mapping tables. RUGGEDCOM MAESTRO also provides configuration error-checking and allows for the offline configuration of complex RUGGEDCOM ELAN systems.

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