MQTT Architecture for Stream Analytics of PMU Data

Paul Brogan, Andres Jarmillo, Xueqin Amy Liu, John Hastings, David Laverty, D. John Morrow, Connor Duggan, Robert Best

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)


Synchrophasor data, derived from Phasor Measurement Units, offers great potential to provide insights into the operation of electrical power systems in the presence of high capacities of renewable generation. Accessing synchrophasor data is challenging since established protocols are rigidly hierarchical and 'point-to-point', based on serialized methodologies requiring 'data concentrators'. This makes real-time and in-stream analysis of synchrophasor data very cumbersome. An alternative is explored in this paper. This novel method is database independent, and allows for synchrophasSaveor data transport, analysis and archival. Using a publish-subscribe MQTT broker, real-time stream analytics are made available in real-time through republishing to new MQTT topics. The advantages of MQTT as a development and deployment platform are presented; in terms of scalability, computational efficiency, latency, modular development, data rate and failover. The dependency chain of an event detector is presented in detail, highlighting the JSON communication protocol used and the implemented topic structure. An intention of this paper is to present the topic name convention and JSON schema employed and invite debate on conventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 32nd Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC 2021): Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665434294
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2021
Event32nd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2021 - Athlone, Ireland
Duration: 10 Jun 202111 Jun 2021

Publication series

Name2021 32nd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2021
ISSN (Print)2688-1446
ISSN (Electronic)2688-1454


Conference32nd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is part of SPIRE2 (Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy 2) project, supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The views and opinions expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission or SEUPB.

Funding Information:
Supported by the SPIRE 2 a project in the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), under the grant SPIRE2_INT-VA-049. 978-1-6654-3429-4/21/$31.00 ©2021 IEEE

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.

Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Failover
  • MQTT
  • PMU
  • Stream Analytics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing


Dive into the research topics of 'MQTT Architecture for Stream Analytics of PMU Data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this