The ability to cope with the natural migration of technology, combined with the need for interoperability, are just some of the reasons the IEC 61850, an international standard that defines communication in and between electrical substation automation systems, was developed. The cost benefits of implementing IEC 61850 are evident in the system design phase and experienced right through to the commissioning and operating phases. Tese factors help to explain the eagerness and speed with which the first edition of the standard has been accepted around the globe.

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The concept of IEC 61850