Industrial Communications Protocols and Network Management

Workshop about the industry’s most used communication protocols and configuration of secured remote networks of different types.

It is one of the first and most used protocols in the industrial world, for monitoring and remote control. The first standard was proposed by the company Modicon in the seventies and has evolved until today with the extension to connect via Ethernet network (Modbus-TCP). In the Workshop we will show about the benefits and limitations of this protocol, how each of the functions works and compare with other protocols covered in the course.

IEC 60870-5º

It is an international standard developed by the International Commission IEC (International Electro technical Commission) for monitoring power systems, control systems and associated communications. In this protocol, there are several extensions, which will be detailed:

IEC 60870-5-101 (IEC101): represents the basic application of specific documents described in 1 and 5 of the standard and defines the protocol for monitoring DTE-DCE devices connected via serial cable.

IEC 60870-5-104 (IEC 104): is the extension of the IEC 101 protocol with the necessary changes to the Ethernet network and TCP/IP interface connection. The IEC 104 protocol is generally used for remote power systems in Control Centers and IEC 101/103 protocol is used for field remote interaction.


Is originally proposed by a subsidiary of General Electric Company when 60870-5 protocol at the time was not yet the gold standard, but many of its features are derived from it, improving them. It is mainly used in the system of production and distribution of electricity and public services such as electricity and water companies. During the course of DNP3 protocol will be discussed in detail and make a comparison between this protocol and 60870-5.

IEC 61850
The IEC 61850 protocol standard is designed to support the communication of all functions being performed in the substation. Its’ main goal is interoperability; this is the ability for IEDs from one or different manufacturers to exchange information and use the information for their own functions. Moreover, the standard allows a free allocation of these functions and accepts any system philosophy, from a distributed architecture (for example, decentralized substation automation) to a centralized configuration (for example, RTU based).


The main objective of the Workshop is to provide the participant with the knowledge to work with the DNP3, IEC 60870-5-101 and 104, IEC 61850 and Modbus protocols

The previous objective is achieved through secondary objectives detailed below:

  • Understand how an industrial communication network works.
  • Learn how an industrial communication protocol is designed.
  • Learn the individual characteristics and functionalities of each of the protocols.
  • Obtain knowledge to diagnose and solve problems for each protocol.
  • Perform practical exercises with real and simulation equipment for each of the protocols.
  • Learn the selection criteria of each protocol according to its strengths and characteristics.


This Industrial Communication and Network Management Protocols Workshop is designed to train professionals working in the automation sector, mainly those who develop, design and implement projects that use the protocols studied in this training. It is also ideal for professionals in the sector who work in maintenance, commissioning, instrumentation and areas related to projects.

At the end of this Workshop, the participant obtains knowledge that can be applied immediately in their daily work.


Full 3-day Workshop with theory and practice on standards and the use of communication protocols used in industry, mainly the electric power industry, that involve the use of MODBUS, DNP3, IEC 61850 and IEC 60870-5 101 / 104.

This training is designed to provide valuable knowledge about the connectivity and communication standards used in the electrical and remote control industry. Widely recommended for personnel involved in the implementation of industrial automation solutions.


• A notebook for each participant
• Welcome Material
• Training Manual
• Completion Certificate
• Meals: coffee breaks and lunch available during training

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