The latest version of GE's Universal Relay (UR) platform, designed to help customers meet the emerging requirements for improved security, connectivity and interoperability, is now available. Customers with an existing install base of UR relays can take advantage of these new enhancements through GE's upgrade program without the need to incur major capital costs.

GE's UR platform provides advanced security tools that support the North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s recent changes to its Critical Infrastructure Protection plan, helping customers improve the security of their electrical grid. To help secure the grid against the increasing threat of cyber attacks, the UR platform delivers advanced security features that include radius for authorization, authentication and accounting, and Syslog for standard reporting of cyber security-related events.

This release helps improve the reliability of customers' mission-critical services that run on a substation's local area network. With support for three independent networks, utilities can segregate mission-critical services from maintenance and troubleshooting tasks, which prevents potential latency on the network and improves reliability and security.

To reduce configuration and wiring time, and help customers reduce deployment time and costs, the UR supports emerging industry standards including IEC61850-90-5 and IEEE1588. IEC61850-90-5 provides synchrophasors over multicast messaging, which reduces the amount of streamed data and bandwidth required for wide-area-monitoring solutions. The IEEE1588 precision time protocol reduces substation wiring and provides high-accuracy time synchronization over the substation local area network.

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