By allowing developers to contribute and use Smart Grid related software, Green Energy Corp, a software technology company, has launched the Total Grid open source community. This Green Energy Corp sponsored community allows developers to design their own software and motivate individuals seeking to improve their programming skills, the company said.
According to a press release, Green Energy Corp's engineering team and strategic partners will develop new applications and convert legacy software that will connect with the GreenBus APIs (including standard MultiSpeak).
These applications will ride atop a secure platform with a horizontally scalable architecture, ultra high-speed messaging, and "hot" code swapping.
The open source community will host projects such as Smart Grid applications, protocols, and Reef/GreenBus functionality.
Glenn Booth, vice president of marketing at Green Energy Corp. said that Green Energy Corp's commitment to advance open source smart grid software will benefit utilities greatly and GreenBus product incorporates best-in-class open source technologies built by expert software developers from around the world. Green Energy Corp reciprocates by contributing GreenBus/Reef, DNP3 and other code back into the open source community.
The initial software projects within the Total Grid open source community are: DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol) – an important Smart Grid protocol that allows communication between field devices and control systems, such as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition; Thin Client GUI – a powerful graphical user interface that allows comprehensive data visibility; and Reef – the open source version of GreenBus.
Evan Mezeske, software developer for SunEdison (News - Alert), North America's largest solar energy service provider, said that the company really liked the idea of being able to review the Green Energy DNP3 code before committing to use it and being able to avoid the large expense and time to procure a commercial product was of great benefit to the company. Mandira Srivastava is a TMCnet contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Janice McDuffee