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      SEL Blueframe

      Application Platform

      The Blueframe application platform is an embedded container-based operational technology (OT) system for operating SEL Blueframe-enabled applications. Designed to manage and exchange data seamlessly between supported applications, Blueframe runs on our secure OS that minimizes the attack surface and includes several security measures, like allow listing, to prevent unauthorized access and attacks. Scalable and customizable, Blueframe can be deployed on SEL computing platforms (SEL-3350, SEL-3355, and SEL-3360) or virtualized on other server-grade hardware through a contract agreement. For more information about virtual deployments, contact your local support.

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      Secure—Employ secure methods to share information between applications. Blueframe applications can only access the data they are permitted to retrieve. Efficient and restricted data exchange allows each application to specialize and provide value-added services to the overall solution.

      Flexible—Tailor your system with the applications and hardware you need. Choose from SEL computing platforms to get the hardware that best fits your requirements and budget, or deploy Blueframe in a virtual environment with a contract agreement.

      Versatile—Simplify and centralize user access permissions, security parameters, and IED data management with a single, user-friendly, consolidated interface to perform different tasks based on the applications deployed. Blueframe also enables you to customize the system functionality by adding more modular applications.

      Scalable—Support installations of any size with an economical solution for both small and large systems. Change the applications to accommodate your system’s evolving needs. You can also readily scale from one or two targeted applications to multiple application suites.

      System Architecture

      The Blueframe application platform is part of SEL’s modular application environment. This system consists of:

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          Role-Based Access

          Applications within Blueframe inherit the permissions and roles assigned to them. This means user access can be defined on a need-to-know basis.

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          Intuitive User Interface

          The intuitive interface facilitates user preferences and enables you to quickly find and manage content.

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          System Tools and Services

          Use these tools to define Blueframe system configuration and manage user interactions.

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          Specialized Applications

          Blueframe container-based applications are designed to be modular to perform specific functions. They seamlessly and securely share common information throughout the platform using automation and smart data subscriptions to save you configuration time and effort.

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          Application Packages

          View application packages, their installed version, and the package status for all presently uploaded packages.

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          Application Details

          Control your versions, verify services, and queue package upgrades for installation at a convenient time from one location in the platform.

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          User Roles

          Apply custom user roles for permissions management and application access permissions.

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          Role Members

          Easily add or remove users from each group.

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          Application Access

          Define access to applications on a per-role basis.

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          Synchronize Users with LDAP

          Tie your users and roles from the Lightweight Directory Authentication Protocol (LDAP) into your Blueframe system for streamlined user management.

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          Secure, Encrypted Connections

          Blueframe supports encrypted connections to obtain a trusted connection between the web server and web client. Generate and import certificates for use with Blueframe.

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          Monitor Blueframe Security

          From one location, quickly assess changes and interactions to the Blueframe system that could have security impacts.

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          Blueframe System Configuration

          Define Blueframe network information and manage operating system upgrades and time synchronization.

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          Monitor System Performance

          Understand how the changes you make to your Blueframe system impact overall performance.

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          Define Resources Once

          Information defined in Resource Management can be used seamlessly throughout Blueframe by installed applications.

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          Manage Connections

          Resources can have one or many defined connections that can be used by installed applications throughout the system.

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          Secure, Remote Engineering Access

          Securely connect to individual field devices through permission-based access sessions with this Blueframe management tool. View device-specific data and settings, issue commands, download files, and more with a secure, remote engineering access interface.

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          Automated Email Notifications

          Define groups to receive automatic email notifications for various Blueframe applications.




      Blueframe applications are designed to be modular. Each application achieves a specific purpose, yet they all share common data using smart data subscriptions throughout the platform to save you time and effort. Click the links below to learn more about the supported Blueframe applications.

      Data Management and Automation (DMA)
      Distribution Management System (DMS)
      Software-Defined Network Flow Controller


      Blueframe runs on powerful and reliable SEL computing platforms that ensure system availability in the most demanding applications and environments. Select the right hardware for your application by choosing from models that offer a variety of processing power options, drives, memory modules, expansion capabilities, and form factors. Blueframe and its specialized applications come embedded in your chosen computing platform.

      Blueframe can also be deployed virtually on other server-grade hardware through a contract agreement. For more information about virtual deployments and minimum hardware requirements, contact your local support.

      Learn more about SEL computing platforms:


      Video Playlists

      Videos in this series:

      • Introducing SEL Blueframe
      • How to Use SEL Blueframe: Application Platform Overview
      • SEL Blueframe—Users and Roles
      • SEL Blueframe—Application Management and Licensing
      • SEL Blueframe—Cybersecurity Features
      • SEL Blueframe—Security Logs Overview
      • SEL Blueframe—Resource Management
      • SEL Blueframe—Data Viewer
      • SEL Blueframe—Importing Resources
      • SEL Blueframe—Profiles and Templates
      • SEL Blueframe—Profile Instances
      • SEL Blueframe—Creating Sessions

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      Supporting Software

      SEL Data Management and Automation (DMA) Application Suite

      Available on the Blueframe platform, DMA applications automatically collect, store, and manage device-specific information like oscillography, Sequence of Events (SOE) data, device settings, and property information. They also provide automated password rotation and streamlined device audits.

      Learn more on the DMA software page.

      SEL Distribution Management System (DMS) Application Suite

      Available on the Blueframe platform, DMS applications continually monitor, optimize, and control wide-area distribution systems. The DMS suite includes FLISR (fault location, isolation, and service restoration) and Power System Model, an intuitive graphical user interface for system configuration.

      Learn more on the DMS software page.