iRTUe – Distributed I/O for Gateways & RTUs

iRTUe remote expan­sion units pro­vide dig­i­tal and ana­log I/Os with IEC 61850 GOOSE

Our remote I/O expan­sion units com­mu­ni­cate with IEC 61850 GOOSE, allow­ing to extend and dis­trib­ute the acqui­si­tion and com­mand capa­bil­i­ties of  IEC 61850 mas­ters (GOOSE sub­scribers). We offer flex­i­ble I/O board con­fig­u­ra­tions to ful­fill any appli­ca­tion require­ment, mak­ing the iRTUe the per­fect choice to both set-up and retro­fit elec­tri­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works.

Con­tem­po­rary sub­sta­tion automa­tion calls for advanced I/O mod­ules to pro­vide mod­ern ser­vices such as inter­lock­ing or load shed­ding. These func­tion­al­i­ties rely on state-of-the-art char­ac­ter­is­tics, which can­not be realised with ser­i­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion media and old pro­to­cols. For this rea­son, the iRTUe exe­cutes IEC 61850 GOOSE mes­sag­ing in a pro­cess­ing time under 3ms. 

They con­nect via dou­ble Eth­er­net (RJ45, ST or SC) or ser­i­al (EXP422) port and are syn­chro­nized with IEEE 1588 (PTP) to ensure opti­mal time accu­ra­cy. This allows the iRTUe to com­mu­ni­cate with any oth­er equip­ment in the net­work: for instance RTUs, gate­ways, oth­er iRTUe mod­ules and third-par­ty IEDs on the sub­sta­tion process bus.

Product Highlights

  • IEC 61850 GOOSE (Gener­ic Object Ori­ent­ed Sub­sta­tion Events) com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Publisher/subscriber)
  • High speed pro­cess­ing time — type 1A class per­for­mance P2/3
  • Flex­i­ble con­fig­u­ra­tion of two I/O cards per unit with dig­i­tal & ana­log inputs and relays
  • Sate-of-the-art & secured tech­nol­o­gy for advanced automa­tion func­tion­al­i­ties like load shed­ding or inter­lock­ing
  • Ser­i­al (EXP422) or dou­ble Eth­er­net port (cop­per or fiber) to con­nect to iRTUs/iGWs or any oth­er third par­ty mas­ter unit
  • Mul­ti­cast MAC address­es
  • Time syn­chro­niza­tion via PTP/IEEE1588 or NTP
  • Use GGIO data mod­els or cus­tom SCL files 
  • Pow­er qual­i­ty mea­sure­ments with the spe­cialised iRTUe‑Q

iRTUe Substation Application

Exam­ple schema

Schema distributed I/O extensions GOOSE

Technical Features


GOOSE com­mu­ni­ca­tion works with enhanced retrans­mis­sion mech­a­nisms on a publisher/subscriber basis, allow­ing P2P com­mu­ni­ca­tion between iRTUe and IEDs with a pro­cess­ing time under 3ms (per­for­mance class P2).

IEC 61850 GOOSE also fea­tures strong VLAN and pri­or­i­ty tag­ging func­tion­al­i­ties via IEEE 802.1Q to send mes­sages effi­cient­ly across com­plex phys­i­cal net­works. Com­bined with a sub­sta­tion-wide Eth­er­net LAN, it enables flex­i­ble and sophis­ti­cat­ed log­ic schemes for sub­sta­tion pro­tec­tion and automa­tion, such as inter­lock­ing and load shed­ding.

Since these sys­tems are based on soft­ware con­fig­u­ra­tions rather than hard­wired sig­nal paths, they are more cost-effec­tive, eas­i­ly extend­able and on demand recon­fig­urable, mak­ing them high­ly adap­tive to chang­ing sub­sta­tion con­fig­u­ra­tions and net­work topolo­gies.

The oper­a­tional reli­a­bil­i­ty of these schemes is sig­nif­i­cant­ly enhanced by GOOSE’s con­tin­u­ous and inher­ent super­vi­sion of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the message’s data integri­ty.

With its strong IEC 61850 GOOSE capa­bil­i­ties, the iRTUe is the per­fect I/O exten­sion to employ these advan­tages.

Standards and Compliance

The diverse back­grounds of our part­ners and clients from all over the world have helped us gath­er state-of-the-art know-how and first­hand expe­ri­ence in a great vari­ety of ener­gy appli­ca­tions. This joined knowl­edge is the foun­da­tion of our opti­mized iRTU/GW fam­i­ly, which has a proven track record of being par­tic­u­lar­ly effec­tive and resis­tant for a diverse range of appli­ca­tions and harsh envi­ron­ments belong­ing to the ener­gy indus­try.

As a result, the iRTUe meets the require­ments of exten­sive stan­dards, such as IEC61850‑3, IEC60870‑2–1 & IEC60255-26.

Inputs and Outputs

Dig­i­tal Inputs & Out­puts

Each input can be defined as input or as a counter and have an indi­vid­u­al­ly con­fig­ured debounce fil­ter. One iRTUe unit can pro­vide up to 48 iso­lat­ed dig­i­tal inputs with a 2.5kVrms iso­la­tion and a 1  ms time­stamp accu­ra­cy. The units come in stan­dard input volt­ages of 24, 48, 125 or 220 Vdc.

On the out­put side, one unit can pro­vide up to 16 dry con­tact electro­mechan­i­cal relay out­puts. Their max­i­mum break­ing capac­i­ty 8A at 220Vac and 8, 0.3 and 0.12A at 30, 110 and 220Vdc respec­tive­ly. Group­ing relay out­puts in blocks of 2.Isolation between sole­noid and con­tacts: 6 kV.

Ana­log Inputs

One iRTUe unit can can pro­vide up to 16 ana­log inputs with an iso­la­tion of 2.5kVrms. They are offered with a range of 4 20 mA and +/-10 Vdc and have an accu­ra­cy of 0.15%.

Pow­er Qual­i­ty Analy­sis

With 3 volt­age and 3 cur­rent inputs, the iRTUe#Q fam­i­ly can mea­sure all pow­er qual­i­ty para­me­ters (fre­quen­cies, cur­rents, phas­es etc.) and store the data in COMTRADE files. 

Simple Configuration

iRTUe address­es, in both Mod­bus and GOOSE, can be eas­i­ly con­fig­ured using the side microswitch­es. For GOOSE, the default mul­ti­cast group is set to zero (mod­i­fi­able with iConf).

Models Overview

Each iRTUe aux­il­iary unit includes up to two I/O cards with rat­ed input volt­ages of: 24 Vdc, 48 Vdc, 125 Vdc or 220Vdc (oth­er ranges upon request). They can be assem­bled as fol­lows:

iRTUe#D1D1: 48 Dig­i­tal Inputs.

iRTUe#R1R1: 16 Relay Out­puts.

iRTUe#A1A1: 16 Ana­log Inputs (0–20mA)

iRTUe#D1R1: 24 Dig­i­tal Inputs + 8 Relay Out­puts

iRTUe#D1A1: 24 Dig­i­tal Inputs + 8 Ana­log Inputs (0–20mA)

iRTUe#R1A1: 24 Dig­i­tal Out­puts + 8 Ana­log Inputs (0–20mA)

iRTUe#Q: 3 volt­age inputs at 110Vac through four pin 5.08mm ter­mi­nal block con­nec­tors + 3 cur­rent inputs for 1A cur­rent trans­form­ers, via 6 pin 5.08mm ter­mi­nal block con­nec­tors

iRTU#Q2: 3 com­bined inputs using an RJ45 con­nec­tor, for pas­sive smart sen­sors based on IEC 60044–7/8

Oth­er con­fig­u­ra­tions upon request


General Characteristics

Pow­er sup­ply  W : wide range, 32 — 250Vdc / 80 — 250Vac (2.5kVrms iso­la­tion)  24 : 19.5–60Vdc (2.5kVrms iso­la­tion)

MTBF 177,000h (one hun­dred sev­en­ty sev­en thou­sand hours)

Envi­ron­men­tal Oper­at­ing tem­per­a­ture : ‑25ºC to +70ºC

IEC 60068–2‑1, IEC 60068–2‑2, IEC 60068–2‑3, IEC 60068–2‑14, IEC 60068–2‑30, IEC 60068–2‑38

Vibra­tion & shock test IEC 60068–2‑6, IEC 60068–2‑7

Phys­i­cal exter­nal dimen­sions: 173 x 78.4 x 137 mm (HxWxD)
IP30 enclo­sure with DIN Rail mount­ing

Con­fig­u­ra­tion sim­ple con­fig­u­ra­tion with iConf tool

CPU 32 bits micro­con­troller @ 40MHz

Digital Inputs

Iso­la­tion 2.5 kVrms

Acti­va­tion ON when Vi>85%Vn | OFF when Vi<60%Vn | oth­er lev­els upon request

Con­nec­tors MVSTBR 2,5 9 pins — group­ing dig­i­tal inputs in iso­lat­ed blocks of 8 inputs and one com­mon ter­mi­nal


Relay Outputs

Iso­la­tion 6 kVrms

Con­tact Dry

Con­nec­tors MVSTBR 2,5 4 pins – group­ing relay out­puts in blocks of 2

Break­ing Capac­i­ty 8A @ 220Vac – 8/0.3/0.12A @ 30/110/220Vdc


Communication Features

Ser­i­al (1) RS-422 port to con­nect to iRTU&iGW devices with Mod­bus­R­TU

Eth­er­net (2) 10/100BaseTX ports, RJ45 or FX100 fiber optics with ST or SC con­nec­tors

Time Syn­chro­niza­tion IEEE 1588 (PTP-Pre­cise Time Pro­to­col) client

Pro­to­cols IEC 61850 GOOSE mes­sag­ing or Mod­bus TCP/RTU

IEC 61850 Log­i­cal Nodes GGIO pre­de­fined (future firmware upgrades will allow any SCL file)

Time response under 3ms fol­low­ing the per­for­mance test in IEC 61850 (type 1A class P2)

Analog Inputs

Iso­la­tion 2.5 kVrms

Accu­ra­cy 0.15% after cal­i­bra­tion

Con­nec­tors MVSTBR 2,5 4 pins – group­ing ana­log inputs in blocks of 2

Ranges 4–20mA (+/-20% tol­er­ance), +/-10Vdc

EMC Standards

IEC 60950–1, IEC 60255–5:2000, EC 60255–22:2000, EN 55022, IEC 61000–6‑4, IEC 61000–6‑5, IEC 61000–4‑2, IEC 61000–4‑3, IEC 61000–4‑4, IEC 61000–4‑5, IEC 61000–4‑6, IEC 61000–4‑8, IEC 61000–4‑9, IEC 61000–4‑10, IEC 61000–4‑12, IEC 61000–4‑16, IEC 61000–4‑17, IEC 61000–4‑18, IEC 61000–4‑29

iGrid Masters for iRTUe Units

iGW – The Perfect Master for iRTUe Units

The iGW is a pow­er­ful and reli­able sub­sta­tion gate­way, able to run either in stand­alone or redun­dant modes, car­ry­ing 4 ser­i­al ports and an (option­al) embed­ded Eth­er­net switch for 2 addi­tion­al Eth­er­net ports (total of 4).

iGWlite – The “Lite” Gateway and Perfect Partner for iRTUes

The iGWlite comes with 1 Eth­er­net, 1 RS485/RS422 and an option­al RS-232 port (cop­per or fiber) or a 2G/3G/4G modem tak­ing lit­tle space on a DIN-Rail, but still employ­ing the full iGrid pro­to­col suite.

iRTU – The Gateway with Integrated I/Os

The iRTU is an intel­li­gent and scal­able bay con­troller with inter­nal and con­fig­urable I/O capa­bil­i­ties for direct data acqui­si­tion, pow­er­ful pro­to­col con­ver­sion (incl. IEC 61850), high-pre­ci­sion time­stamp­ing and an option­al embed­ded Eth­er­net switch.

iRTUe#Q –
Power Quality Analyser

iRTUe#Q are the pow­er qual­i­ty I/O exten­sions of the iRTUe fam­i­ly, enabling the high-speed col­lec­tion and trans­mis­sion of a large num­ber of three-phase pow­er mea­sure­ments and para­me­ters (fre­quen­cies, cur­rents, phas­es etc.). The pow­er ana­lyz­er con­nects to tra­di­tion­al sen­sors such as cur­rent and pow­er trans­form­ers (via 3 volt­age + 3 cur­rent inputs)  as well as new sen­sors with inte­grat­ed V/I mea­sure­ments and low volt­age out­puts (IEC 60044–7/8, com­bined inputs via RJ45).

They are able to store data in COMTRADE files or ana­lyze wave­forms to mea­sure, detect and store infor­ma­tion. 

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Common iRTUe Applications

Sub­sta­tion Automa­tion

PLC & PAC I/O Expan­sion

RTU I/O Expan­sion

Gate­way I/O Expan­sion

Pow­er Qual­i­ty Mea­sure­ment

Gen­er­a­tion Dis­patch

Inter­lock­ing with GOOSE

Gen­er­a­tion Con­trol

Sub­sta­tion Data Acqui­si­tion and Con­trol

Elec­tric­i­ty Dis­tri­b­u­tion Net­works

Intel­li­gent Load Shed­ding

Rail­way Data Col­lec­tion

HV SAS with Modbus

In this sub­sta­tion automa­tion project two dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions of iRTUe units acquire data of four bays oper­at­ing at 230kV and ten bays at 33kV. The iGW reports this data to the con­trol cen­ter and to the iCon­trol SCADA HMI via IEC 60870–5‑104.

MV Grid Automation with IEC 61850

In this project the iRTUe units help the iRTU col­lect data data via IEC 61850 in order to auto­mate 9 medi­um volt­age sub­sta­tions at the Sabi­ha Gökçen Air­port (Turkey)

iGW-VM – unlimited control

The freely scal­able iGW-VM sup­ports all archi­tec­tures using Win­dows or Lin­ux, act­ing as a sub­sta­tion gate­way, bay con­troller, RTU or com­mu­ni­ca­tion front-end for SCADA sys­tems. The iGW-VM is thus the per­fect choice for large-scale projects or those with a predetermined/preferred hard­ware.

iControl SCADA

iCon­trol is a high-per­for­mance SCADA for the mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol of data col­lect­ed in elec­tri­cal net­works, such as sub­sta­tions, MV grids, pow­er plants or rail­way sys­tems. It is able to run either in client/server or stand­alone mode, han­dles most pro­to­cols and pro­vides advanced func­tion­al­i­ties such as hot-stand­by redun­dan­cy, auto­mat­ic line col­or­ing, events noti­fi­ca­tion (via e‑mail and sms), SQL log­ging, or the auto­mat­ic gen­er­a­tion of reports.

Sub­sta­tion Automa­tion with IEC61850

HV Sub­sta­tions

MV Dis­tri­b­u­tion Grids

Rail­way Automa­tion

Pro­to­col Con­ver­sion

Smart Meter­ing

Wind Farm Gen­er­a­tion

Hydro­elec­tric Gen­er­a­tion

Pho­to­voltaics Gen­er­a­tion

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