ZIV e-NET Xcell | Cyber secure automation platform for HV and MV substations

XCell is an advanced substation automation platform designed specifically for HV and MV substations. It offers an extensive range of cyber security features making it one of the most advanced substation platforms on the market. Its state-of-the-art technology provides real-time access to hardwired plant data, intelligent IEDs, networked IEC 61850 devices and smart meters. This makes it ideal for new substations or upgrading and integrating existing substations.

XCell is designed for use in the most demanding electrical environments. XCell’s exceptional reliability and redundancy guarantees high system availability through dual power sources, redundant processors and redundant SCADA links.



  • IEC 61850 Integration
  • Cyber Security & Encryption
  • SNMP V3, SSH support
  • Centralised User Authentication
  • Remote Configuration & Code Upgrade
  • Secure SCADA Protocol Support
  • Secure Web Server HMI
  • IED Integration
  • IEC 61131 PLC programming
  • Scalable, Flexible, Architecture
  • Redundancy


It’s the ideal platform for new substations, facilitating the integration of cyber security and new technologies including IEC 61850. However, it`s equally suited to substation retrofits where there’s already a wide variety of installed equipment requiring integration and migration to the latest technologies.



Each 19” rack supports a processor and up to fifteen plug and play I/O modules. I/O modules range in functionality, point counts, and interface/termination options. Multiple processors can be installed to provide redundancy, data segregation and additional communication ports. Critical software applications can run on multiple processors for redundancy. Multiple processors can be combined to form a data concentrator and multiple racks can be networked to form large systems. Its scalability allows it to be used in large HV substations with tens of thousands of I/O points and small MV substations with a few hundred points.  These can be hardwired, derived or IED data points


Each processor module supports two Ethernet ports and five serial ports (RS232/ RS485/ RS422), along with a display for status and diagnostic information. The I/O module range includes 64 channel digital inputs, 32 channel digital outputs and 32 channel DC analogue inputs.


IEC 61850 Gateway

XCell can operate as a substation gateway, interfacing between the substation IEDs and the SCADA Control Centre. XCell supports a variety of IED protocols including IEC61850, IEC103, DNP3 and Modbus. XCell also supports a rich suite of SCADA protocols including DNP3 (serial and TCP/IP), IEC101/104 and an extensive range of proprietary protocols. It also supports multiple SCADA links, generally preferred for increased system availability.


smartLogic Programming

To provide flexible site-specific solutions, XCell supports the IEC 61131 graphical programming standard, allowing simple graphical application development using:

  • Ladder Diagrams
  • Function Block Diagrams
  • Structured Text
  • Sequential Function Charts


Cyber Security

The unit has an in-built cryptographic engine to support encryption for cyber security. It is designed for secure remote access to realtime status/measurements, system diagnostics, system configuration and firmware upgrades. Security features include centralised user authentication, SSL/TLS link encryption, encrypted passwords, SSH access, SNMP V3 diagnostics and security alerts, system logs as well as SCADA link secure authentication.

Information & Support

ZIV Automation Ireland:
Burton Chambers, 19-22 Dame St., Dublin 2, Ireland.+353 1 415 3700

ZIV Automation UK:
Unit F Network Centre, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear,   NE31 1SF, +44 191 425 5200



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