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      SEL Data Management and Automation (DMA)

      Blueframe Application Suite

      SEL DMA applications are designed to automatically collect, store, and manage device-specific information to simplify day-to-day management of your system of devices and to support compliance. Automate and accelerate the collection of oscillography, Sequence of Events (SOE), device settings, and property information. DMA applications also provide automated password rotation and streamline device audits through custom summary reports to identify device changes. You can deploy DMA applications across substation or regional installations or centralize them at a corporate installation, depending on the number of devices and system performance requirements.

      The DMA application suite currently includes multiple orderable packages: the Disturbance Monitoring package, the Configuration Monitoring package, and the Credential Management package. More data task automation capabilities are coming soon. 

      DMA software runs as secure, containerized applications on SEL Blueframe, a specialized software platform for operational technology (OT) systems. Blueframe can be deployed on SEL's rugged 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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      Automated IED Data Collection and Access—Aggregate different IED data in a centralized location using customized automated data collection plans. You can easily access the collected data through the Blueframe secure role-based web portal from anywhere in your system that shares the same LAN.

      Simplify Data Collection From Distributed Devices—Improve efficiency and the speed of data collection from devices dispersed across wide distances with DMA applications that automate the collection of information, such as new events, SOE information, and settings and properties, using set periodic schedules. The DMA applications centrally store this information for secure and easy access by personnel tasked with understanding device status.

      Monitor Device Changes—When settings, firmware, or device status information changes, quickly assess the state of your system and utilize collected data to compare for differences with your settings management software.

      Expedite Root Cause Analysis—Accelerate root-cause analysis and generate reports for incident archiving with the Disturbance Monitoring Archive. This application allows you to quickly identify and access important events by type, device, location, or time, such as oscillographic event data that are beneficial for monitoring the system, fault analysis, and troubleshooting purposes.

      Applications

        
      Disturbance Monitoring Icon

      Disturbance Monitoring—Define data collection plans for end-point devices with the Disturbance Monitoring application. This application enables automated collection of event oscillography and sequence of events (SOE) data for supported resources in a common location. This facilitates streamlined initiation of fault restoration.

      Disturbance Monitoring Archive Icon

      Disturbance Monitoring Archive—Visualize collected data to view past events with the Disturbance Monitoring Archive application. You can use the predefined views and custom filters to select information pertinent to your task and download reports for detailed analysis in event analysis tools.

      Configuration Monitoring Icon

      Configuration Monitoring—Automate checks of active device settings, firmware versions, and device IDs with the Configuration Monitoring application. You can securely move collected settings to a settings management repository for a settings version comparison analysis.

      Disturbance Monitoring Archive Icon

      Configuration Monitoring Archive—View Configuration Monitoring application collected settings versions, firmware, and device ID variances with the Configuration Monitoring Archive application. This application lets you identify devices that are out of compliance and require corrective action.

      Configuration Monitoring Icon

      Credential Management—Schedule automated password rotation for resources managed by an SEL security gateway. Credential Management supports the need to ensure device access security with more control over when passwords are rotated with random and complex passwords.

      Disturbance Monitoring Archive Icon

      Credential Management Archive—View Credential Management reports to verify that scheduled resource passwords have been changed to support audit compliance efforts. Additionally, access resource credentials securely to aid emergency restoration efforts.

      Features

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          Resource Management

          The DMA suite utilizes resource configurations and connections defined in Blueframe’s Resource Management.

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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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          Automated and Scheduled Collection

          Data collection is defined on a reoccurring and predefined schedule to ensure efficient data collection to a common location for user access.

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          Schedule Oscillography and SOE Collection

          Configure DMA to communicate automatically with Blueframe resources to collect new event data.

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          Listen for Notifications

          DMA can listen for notifications from supported resources that new data is available for collection, expediting fault retrieval.

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          Publish and Centralize Data

          Publish data as they are collected from one Blueframe instance to another. This supports aggregating dispersed Blueframe instance data to a central Blueframe instance.

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          Generate Reports

          Configure reports to display oscillography and SOE data for selected resources to support fault analysis.

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          Download Records

          Download and save records to support incident reporting and tracking.

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          Synchrowave Event Express

          View oscillography records with the included event viewing tool.

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          Schedule Settings and Property Collection

          Configure DMA to communicate automatically with Blueframe resources to collect new configuration data and identify when changes have occurred on monitored devices.

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          Publish and Centralize Data

          Publish data as they are collected from one Blueframe instance to another. This supports aggregating dispersed Blueframe instance data to a central Blueframe instance.

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          Identify Changes to Settings and Properties

          Build a report to help identify when resource configuration has changed. Detected changes can then be evaluated to understand if they were intentional or not.

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          Download Configuration

          DMA gathers a full set of resource configurations, which enables full use in the respective resources’ configuration software. For example, SEL Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC) settings are collected as a project file that can be opened in acSELerator RTAC SEL-5033 Software.

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          Schedule Password Rotation

          Configure DMA to communicate automatically with Blueframe resources to rotate passwords to a randomly assigned password.

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          Generate Password Reports

          Generate a report with active resource passwords to support emergency restoration efforts.

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          Restrict Access to View Passwords

          Define which roles can view active passwords and which roles can audit when passwords were changed.

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          DMA REST API

          The connection services that support DMA applications supply programmatic access to a RESTful API (application programming interface) for integration with third-party business tools.

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          DMA Diagnostics

          Troubleshoot resource communications and data collection processes initiated by the services that support DMA data collection.

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      Details

      Benefits

      Simplify IED Data Collection With Full Automation and Simple Configuration—Enhance root cause analysis and diagnostics, reduce errors caused by manual data retrieval, and improve personnel safety and save time by reducing substation visits for data collection.

      Data Analysis and Archiving—DMA applications support short-term archiving (6 months) for backup and include an API to move data to your archive.

      Secure Data Collection—DMA offers a centralized, single-point access for data in a convenient location that facilitates user access management. In addition, system-managed passwords improve security through reduced device–personnel direct access. DMA also offers secure password storage for application use only.

      Improve Data Utilization—Consolidate collected data into a single interface to perform different visualization, auditing, and analysis tasks. Normalize data into an industry-recognized standard format.


      Blueframe Application Platform

       

      Platform

      DMA applications run on the SEL Blueframe application platform. Blueframe is a secure, embedded container-based system for installing SEL applications and for managing and exchanging data between supported applications. Blueframe is designed to minimize the attack surface and includes several security measures, like allow listing, to prevent unauthorized access and attacks. It provides a scalable and customizable solution to accommodate your specific needs.

      Learn more about the SEL Blueframe application platform.

       

      Hardware

      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:

      SEL-3350
      SEL-3355
      SEL-3360

       

      Device and Protocol Support

      DMA supports the following SEL devices and third-party protocols. For specific device model support, please reference the DMA instruction manual.

      DeviceDMA Support
      SEL RTACYes
      SEL-651RYes
      SEL-3XXYes
      SEL-4XXYes
      SEL-5XXComing soon
      SEL-7XXYes
      SEL-849Yes
      SEL-24XXComing soon
      IEC 61850 MMS ProtocolYes

      Video Playlists

      Videos in this series:

      • Introducing SEL DMA: Data Management and Automation
      • SEL Blueframe—Resource Management
      • Data Management and Automation (DMA)—Disturbance Monitoring Event and SOE Listening
      • SEL Data Management and Automation (DMA)—Configuration Monitoring

      The Firmware IDs for older versions of the firmware can typically be found in Appendix A of the instruction manual.

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