Common Information Model (CIM)

CIM is key to interoperability and openness – simplifying the exchange of information for applications and systems.

Common Information Model (CIM)

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    The challenge

    To be compliant with reigning standards, your complex grid management systems with multiple components need a common interface and exchange of information: the Common Information Model (CIM). Since the mid-1990s, when CIM was developed, it has been translated into the industry standard Extensible Markup Language (XML) to permit the seamless exchange of models.

    Furthermore, the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) mandated the use of this standard for the exchange of models between Security Coordination Centers (SCCs) in September 2001. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently adopted the CIM standard as part of the country’s Smart Grid program.



    The solution

    Spectrum Power with the Common Information Model (CIM) simplifies the exchange of information by defining a common language at the interface between the participating applications and systems. CIM defines the electrical characteristics of the network’s individual components as well as their relation to one another.

    CIM includes three main standards:

    • IEC 61970 – EMS Application Program Interface

    • IEC 61968 – System Interfaces for Distribution

    • IEC 62325 – Energy Market Communications

    The benefits

    Siemens has supported the standardization effort and interoperability tests from day one, making us an expert. Our products and solutions that leverage CIM enable you to easily integrated them into your enterprise, helping you to reduce implementation costs and leverage future improvements.



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