Energy goes digital

Energy goes digital

Connecting automated energy systems to the IoT. The Internet of Things (IoT) allows all components in energy automation systems to supply data for consolidation, visualization, and evaluation in a cloud-based operating system such as MindSphere. Full data transparency unlocks the potential of the power grid in order to increase reliability, optimize efficiency and enhance grid safety.
Substation Hydro-Québec

Digital Substation - Creating a more secure, efficient and modern electricity system

Hydro-Québec selected Siemens to modernize the protection and control system at its Saint-Chrysostome substation. From automation to cybersecurity, the power utility is now well on its way toward a digitalized future.

Grid Diagnostic Suite

Monitor and analyze your power grid status

Grid Diagnostic Suite – Powered by MindSphere - allows grid data to be processed transparently in the cloud. Visualize and analyze data provided by SIPROTEC, Reyrolle and SICAM devices using Grid Diagnostic Suite apps. This keeps your power grid status transparent so you can react more quickly to grid conditions and plan predictive maintenance.
Core topics

IoT Architecture for Energy Automation Systems

Vendor-neutral communication standards and state-of-the-art authentication and encryption technology are basic requirements for enabling IoT connectivity in a wide range of devices. This means data can be processed and transmitted with maximum interoperability and security. Scalable and powerful IoT platforms such as MindSphere make it possible to integrate a large number of assets and handle a considerable volume of data in a safe and highly reliable manner.

Automated secure device onboarding on MindSphere – in a few minutes

SICAM and SIPROTEC devices are onboarded to MindSphere by secure distribution of X.509 communication certificates. After connectivity is established, OPC UA PubSub is used for automated data transmission into the cloud.

Customer benefit

  • Save time with automated onboarding
  • Save money with minimum engineering of the IoT system
  • Protect your data and assets using certificate-based authentication and encryption

Cloud systems

Cloud systems provide IT infrastructure over the Internet, making them especially attractive to operators of large, networked systems such as digital substations. Energy applications in an open cloud architecture can optimally manage the volume of data generated by energy infrastructure. This makes it possible to harness the vast amount of data accumulated in the Internet of Things (IoT) and put it to work for you.

Customer benefit

  • Reduced costs – CAPEX and OPEX
  • Enhanced predictive maintenance
  • Increased grid availability

MindSphere – The IoT solution

MindSphere, the cloud-based, open-IoT operating system from Siemens connects products, plants, systems, and machines to the digital world, allowing you to harness the wealth of data generated by the IoT. This secure and scalable end-to-end industry solution provides the basis for the digital transformation of companies regardless of industry or size. Easily implementable within a narrow time frame, MindSphere is the centerpiece of a powerful IoT ecosystem combining data analytics and connectivity capabilities, tools for developers, applications, and services. With MindSphere, you can evaluate and utilize your data to gain breakthrough insights for enhancing performance and optimizing your assets for maximized uptime.


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End-to-end Cyber Security

The topics of digitalization and cyber security are closely related and of key strategic importance to Siemens. Keeping the Internet of Things (IoT) secure calls for a holistic approach that addresses people, processes and technology. This approach also serves as the basis for the security of our substation automation systems. 

Siemens products with security capabilities are the foundation of a secure substation automation solution. In the IoT world this is complemented by secure, end-to-end communication that complies with international standards ensuring interoperability. The cloud infrastructure, operating system and applications all contribute to state-of-the-art cloud security.

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Download further information about Grid Diagnostic Suite and its applications

IoT in Power Grids – White Paper

Read how to prepare electrical grids for tomorrow’s challenges.


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