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Enabling Smarter, More Interoperable Grids

By GXF, Projects

To make power grids more efficient and better for the environment, grid operators need easier access to devices in the field. 

Guests: Robert Tusveld (LinkedIn)
Maarten Mulder (LinkedIn)
Company: Alliander (LinkedInTwitter)
Show: State of Energy

But when devices don’t talk to each other, or to IT systems, that doesn’t happen.

Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF) breaks that logjam. 

The platform converts protocols to one standard data format so internal systems can communicate to devices in the field. 

With this capability, grids will become both smart and interoperable, and utilities will be more flexible to meet ever changing conditions.

GXF is “the link between the IT world and the devices in the fields,” says Robert Tusveld, Alliander Solution Architect.

GXF already manages 300,000 devices, with plans to go to six million. Alliander uses it to switch on and off public lighting in the Netherlands, to communicate with smart meters and to do low-folded measurements to check grid congestion.

The project started at Alliander and became part of LF Energy because Alliander is convinced that companies have to collaborate via open source to meet the climate change challenges at hand. 

“Because of the energy transition and its urgency, we cannot do it alone,” says Maarten Mulder, Alliander Product Owner. “When we have GXF as a platform and we have the functionality, for example, to read out smart meters and the smart meter head-ends, then we also can contact the device suppliers and ask them to work together to make new functionalities also for the energy transition.”

One of the GXF use cases for Alliander is to measure substations and grid congestion. That helps the utility stabilize and get information out of the field and better see what is happening. 

“We cannot manage the network, but we can see what happens. And that’s, I think, the first step,” says Mulder.

GXF is not only a protocol translator, it also fosters functionality for lifecycle management, for configuration management and key management.

Alliander is the main contributor to the GXF project, but it hopes that other utilities join in under the umbrella of LF Energy to move the platform forward.

All utilities “run into the same situations like the congestion management that needs to be solved. There are a lot of devices in the field that we need to communicate with … There are a lot of different … protocols,” Tusveld says. A generic platform “could solve a lot of these problems and help the companies get a better, more efficient solution.”

For more information or to contribute, visit GXF on GitHub here.

New milestone! GXF has achieved the CII Best Practices Badge


In the last week of 2020, Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF),  a software platform that enables hardware monitoring and control in the public space, is proud to announce they achieved the CII Best Practices Badge! Security and software quality are of great importance to GXF, as gaining this badge clearly shows. 

The Linux Foundation (LF) Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practices badge is a way for Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects to show that they follow best practices (credit: These best practices are based on practices of well-run OSS projects, increase the likelihood of better quality and security, and can be applied to any OSS project. 

The best practices focus on multiple areas of Open Source Software Projects:

  • Change control, for example: does the project have a Public version-control source repository?
  • Reporting, for example: does the project have a bug-reporting process?
  • Quality, for example: does the project have an automated test suite?
  • Security, for example: does the project use basic good cryptographic practices?
  • Analysis, for example: does the project use code analysis?

Projects can voluntarily self-certify, at no cost, by using the web application provided by the CII to explain how they follow each best practice. 

For more detailed information on GXF’s CII Best Practices Badge, please see:

For a more extensive introduction of the CII Best Practices Badge, please see the introduction video by David A. Wheeler at  

The Open Smart Grid Platform under a foundation: LF energy


One of the wishes of the Open Smart Grid Platform project to create an independent foundation to facilitate the project and provide a neutral home.


Good news! This is happening with the Linux Foundation energy! It is made possible by Alliander joining the LF energy initiative earlier this year. The announcement was done during the LF energy global summit in Paris. Joining the LF energy will help in an independent positioning in the market. The marketing effort of LF energy can help to start more discussions about using/contributing the Open Smart Grid Platform project. The LF energy long open source experience can help to improve the project in the near future.


Check the LF energy website if you’re interested in joining the LF energy initiative or take a look at other energy related projects.

OSGP present @ the LF energy summit in Paris 4 and 5 November


The Open Smart Grid Platform will be present at the LF energy summit 2019 in Paris next week. An event where utilities show how open source software can speed up their digital transition. Jonas van den Bogaard will pitch the Open Smart Grid Platform and Arjan Stam will dive into why Alliander decided to join LF energy.

Also, the Open Smart Grid Platform has a demo table at the project BIZAAR to discuss the project in more detail with whom is interested. The LF energy event provides a great opportunity to get in contact with other open source projects related to the Energy domain. The event will be specially relevant for TSOs, DSOs and related vendors.

Feel free to join the Event! You can register here and found out more:

LF Energy Global Summit, Nov 4-5, Paris


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New year outlook and recap of 2018


Hi All,

As the new year enters, time for a recap of last year and an outlook for this year.

The Open Smart Grid Platform made good progress in fixing bugs en cleaning code last year. This resulted in an even more stable platform to build your application. The Open smart grid platform will continue to receive improvements including security updates.

Community development
More and more people are showing interest in the use/evaluation of the Open Smart Grid Platform. We receive questions via e-mail and on Github documentation issues. From the converstations I have had, it looks like nobody passes the evaluation phase.

Let us know:
What can we do to increase the community engagement and use of the Open Smart Grid Platform?

Leave your suggestion in the comments below or contact us.


New year community update


To kick-off the new year well, It is time for a community update. More questions get asked by outsiders (no existing contributors/users) last months. The Open Smart Grid Platform received questions from around the world: Germany, Argentina, Egypt, South-Africa, Nigeria and the Virgin Islands.

Questions vary form business models, maturity, specific features and collaboration opportunities. Some questions are passed to the FAQ section on this website (see support). The questions might be the first phase to lead to new contribution (direct or via partners).

One contact already did an technical analysis of the Open Smart Smart Grid Platform and starting to promote the Platform based on his findings.

Lets make the Open Smart Grid Platform community rock this year!

Presenting the Open Smart Grid Platform on IEC 61850 Europe 2017








The Open Smart Grid Platform was presented last week at IEC 61850 europe 2017 in Amsterdam. The Platform was received well by the audience. Controlling the streetlights over IEC61850 was new for the audience. It resulted in interesting conversations with potential users during the breaks.

Missed the presentation? You can find it here:

IEC 61850 Europe 2017 – Jonas van den Bogaard, Smart Society Services, & Sander Jansen, Alliander

Feel free to contact us if you have any question related to the Open Smart Grid Platform or like to continue the conversation.

61850 europe


2 Open Smart Grid Platform community members will cover the Open Smart Grid Platform at IEC 61850 Europe. Sander Jansen and Jonas van den Bogaard will cover the use of IEC 61850 in combination with the Open Smart Grid Platform. IEC 61850 is currently used by the following use-cases: Distribution automation, Public lightning and Mircogrids.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying the drivers and benefits of applying IEC 61850 to control street lights and microgrids both for the utility and the end consumer
  • Overcoming the challenges of utilising IEC 61850 in CDMA based telecom networks
  • Understanding how IEC 61850 logical nodes can be seamlessly extended for innovative use cases
  • Managing the cyber security challenges introduced by IEC 61850
  • Determining the roadmap for scaling up the street light application supported by the Open Smart Grid Platform

Like to join the conference? You can register here. Details about IEC 61850 use and the Open Smart Grid Platform can be found at