Industrial Communications Protocols and Network Management

Workshop about the industry’s most used communication protocols and configuration of secured remote networks of different types.

It is one of the first and most used protocols in the industrial world, for monitoring and remote control. The first standard was proposed by the company Modicon in the seventies and has evolved until today with the extension to connect via Ethernet network (Modbus-TCP). In the Workshop we will show about the benefits and limitations of this protocol, how each of the functions works and compare with other protocols covered in the course.

IEC 60870-5º

It is an international standard developed by the International Commission IEC (International Electro technical Commission) for monitoring power systems, control systems and associated communications. In this protocol, there are several extensions, which will be detailed:

IEC 60870-5-101 (IEC101): represents the basic application of specific documents described in 1 and 5 of the standard and defines the protocol for monitoring DTE-DCE devices connected via serial cable.

IEC 60870-5-104 (IEC 104): is the extension of the IEC 101 protocol with the necessary changes to the Ethernet network and TCP/IP interface connection. The IEC 104 protocol is generally used for remote power systems in Control Centers and IEC 101/103 protocol is used for field remote interaction.


Is originally proposed by a subsidiary of General Electric Company when 60870-5 protocol at the time was not yet the gold standard, but many of its features are derived from it, improving them. It is mainly used in the system of production and distribution of electricity and public services such as electricity and water companies. During the course of DNP3 protocol will be discussed in detail and make a comparison between this protocol and 60870-5.

IEC 61850
The IEC 61850 protocol standard is designed to support the communication of all functions being performed in the substation. Its’ main goal is interoperability; this is the ability for IEDs from one or different manufacturers to exchange information and use the information for their own functions. Moreover, the standard allows a free allocation of these functions and accepts any system philosophy, from a distributed architecture (for example, decentralized substation automation) to a centralized configuration (for example, RTU based).


After completing the workshop, students will get theory and practical skills for:
– Understand the specifications and terminology of a control system.
– Choose the connection model and the most appropriate protocol according to their needs.
– Install and configure devices and applications that use these protocols.


This course is designed to train technicians and engineers involved in the development and implementation of utility protocols in an industrial environment and specific production and distribution of electricity. It is primarily targeted at technical staff involved in architecture design, installation, configuration, maintenance and commissioning of automation projects electrical substations and remote systems.


Full 3-day workshop with theory and practice on the use of standards protocols for automating electrical substations and remote projects, MODBUS, DNP3, IEC 61850 and IEC 60870-5 101/104
This training is designed to provide valuable knowledge about the standards used in the electric and remote control industry. Widely recommended for people involved in the design, implementation and commissioning of electrical substations automation solutions.

Besides, in the workshop there will be an introduction of IEC 61850 and comparisons between DNP3 and IEC 104 will be done.


• A notebook for each participant
• Welcome Material
• Training Manual
• Completion Certificate
• Meals: coffee breaks and lunch available during training

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