Task Force: Systems Architecture
The aim of this task force is to compare and contrast the systems architecture of the various e-energy model regions. This is an essential step in order to be able to identify and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the solutions developed by the various model regions. To this end, the task force has elaborated a set of concepts to describe the functionality, modules and services that make up an "e-energy system". As soon as the model regions have defined their specific use cases, they will be required to address the following priority questions:
- How is intelligence distributed throughout the overall system?
- What ramifications does this have for data protection and data security?
- What functions are displayed on which hardware and software modules?
- What communication/transmission channels and protocols are necessary and reasonable?
- What kinds of interoperability and standardisation requirements does this lead to?
In general, the members of the task force focus on the issues of reliability, efficiency, operational security, operating costs, performance, adaptability, migratability, compatibility and scalability. To maximise the effectiveness of their work, they also co-operate closely with the other task forces. For example, the solutions that are developed for systems architecture must fit the business models that are being discussed within the task force on "market cultivation".
The task force will also address demand-side issues: i.e. the demands that market participants make in relation to system modules. Other forms of co-operation will include joint meetings with the "interoperability" task force to examine the issue of standardisation, as well as joint discussions with the "legal frameworks" task force on the extent to which a suitable systems architecture can help prevent data protection problems from arising.
The task force is headed by Ludwig Karg (B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH) in co-operation with Dr. Manfred Broy, professor of informatics at the Technical University of Munich.