Member Supported Innovation and Development

The DNP Users Group supports our user community and the industry by enhancing and promoting the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3), also known as IEEE Std 1815TM. Our members include utilities, suppliers, consultants, and individuals. Many of our initiatives support greater interoperability between supplier’s products and systems and/or enhance cyber security. On-going refinements also add new features and time saving capabilities which are then included in the next update of IEEE Std 1815 TM. Our growing library of Application Notes, Security Notices, and Technical Bulletins provide essential information for our members. The leadership team and Technical Committee provide periodic educational opportunities including tutorials, white papers, and conference presentations. The Test Management Committee supports our large vendor community with conformance testing review services. The DNP Users Group is a California nonprofit mutual benefit Corporation, operating pursuant to United States IRS code 501(c)(6).


The Standard

The latest version of the standard, IEEE Std 1815TM-2012,  was released Oct. 12, 2012. The updated standard contains many changes, including DNP3 Secure Authentication v5, which defines a protocol mechanism that enables a DNP3 outstation/master to unambiguously determine that it is communicating with the correct user/outstation.

IEEE Std 1815-2012 and the accompanying DNP3 Specification Supplement 1 - Device Profile Template and XML Schema are now available for download to DNP Users Group members from the DNP3 Document Library.

Announcements

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<<If you have already renewed or joined for 2020, thank you!>>

On June 5, 2020 we posted an announcement called “DNP-UG COVID-19 Response”.  There have been 565 views of that post, so it was been widely read!  You can still read the post below. 

In essence, the post indicated that the UG would, upon request, extend website access for a further 90 days beyond the usual 30 days (120 days total) to July 31, 2020, for members unable to renew their memberships on time.  The message has clearly been received as we have seen a precipitous drop in membership renewals since that time. 

The problem now is that the level of renewals is far below a sustainable level for the UG.  For example, the membership fee income for October was approximately 1/10 our target level. 

Good news!  Since our last update at the AGM in April, all four of our operating teams have accomplished a great deal. Our development programs are primarily addressing cyber security (next generation) or interoperability which continues to be a challenge in the industry.  Join us for a fast-paced update plus the opportunity to interact with the directors and committee leadership.   

The core program will last 60 minutes, followed by a 30-minute member engagement period where we will be seeking feedback and input from our members on specific topics.  ZOOM meeting details are included below.

On behalf of the leadership of the DNP-UG, we hope you, your family and your colleagues have remained healthy during this very unusual period dealing with the coronavirus.  While aspects may be welcome such as a slower pace of life for some of us, others have experienced considerable disruption (and/or loss of loved ones). 

As previously announced, our Annual General Meeting will occur on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4:00PM Eastern.  The meeting link is included below.

This is your best chance all year to hear of the full range of activities and efforts by the DNP-UG.  We have a lot of work underway and welcome your input and participation.

Our Member Update available here provides a brief summary of our major activities.

Hope you can join us!

At our last annual meeting on February 28, 2019, the Directors presented a proposal for voting on Emeritus Membership.  The notes from the applicable section of the meeting are included below.  The full meeting minutes are located here.

The concluding statement reads as follows: “Next steps are to call for expressions of interest to join a Task Force, reporting to the Directors, to develop an alternate proposal which will be submitted to the general membership for voting.”

Therefore, the Directors are now inviting expressions of interest to join a Task Force to develop an alternate proposal. 

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