Applying multi-agent system technology in practice: Automated management and analysis of SCADA and digital fault recorder data

E.M. Davidson, S.D.J. McArthur, J.R. McDonald, T. Cumming

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This paper reports on the use of multi-agent system technology to automate the management and analysis of SCADA and digital fault recorder (DFR) data. The multi-agent system, entitled Protection Engineering Diagnostic Agents (PEDA), integrates legacy intelligent systems that analyze SCADA and DFR data to provide data management and online diagnostic information to protection engineers. Since November 2004, PEDA agents have been intelligently interpreting and managing data online at a transmission system operator in the U.K. As the results presented in this paper demonstrate, PEDA supports protection engineers by providing access to interpreted power systems data via the corporate intranet within minutes of the data being received. In this paper, the authors discuss their experience of developing a multi-agent system that is robust enough for continual online use within the power industry. The use of existing agent development toolsets and standards is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-567
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • SCADA systems
  • fault diagnosis
  • multi-agent systems
  • power engineering
  • computing
  • power system management

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