Interoperability with MultiSpeak®: One Utility’s Story

Interoperability with MultiSpeak®: One Utility’s Story

  • Case study on implementation of MultiSpeak® specification
  • Targeted systems included metering, outage management, customer information, and geographic information
  • Lessons for other utilities

Implementing MultiSpeak® to promote interoperability

San Bernard Electric Cooperative (SBEC), a rural cooperative distribution utility in southeast Texas, recognized the time, expense, and difficulty inherent in connecting a host of disparate, internal, customized systems that had been independently developed and were not interoperable. The utility decided to implement the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association-sponsored and trademarked MultiSpeak® specification, which is the de facto standard for data exchanges among enterprise application software commonly applied in utilities. The standard intends to assist vendors and utilities in developing interfaces that enable software products from a variety of vendors to interoperate without the need for extensive custom interface development.

This paper reviews the process and results of SBEC’s implementation of the MultiSpeak® specification, as well as interoperability-related lessons learned.

What’s in the report

  • Overview of SBEC, its business challenge, and its chosen solutions
  • Experiences with interoperability challenges
  • Interoperability-related lessons learned from SBEC’s implementation of MultiSpeak®
  • General recommendations to industry
  • Descriptions of MultiSpeak®, including differences between versions

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