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Convert and dispatch schedules in ESS format with SOPTIM ComCT

ComCT – Communication Client for Traders – is a convenient tool to convert and send schedules in ESS format to the German transmission system operators (TSO) and for processing and displaying the replies in accordance with ESS standards.

SOPTIM ComCT is suitable for all market participants who register schedules with transmission system operators as part of their business processes in the liberalised electricity market. ComCT also fulfils all requirements of the Market Communication 2020 (MaKo 2020). All schedules can be signed and sent to TSOs in encoded form. Furthermore, our solution supports the new standard balancing group contract in Germany as of 1 May 2020 (BK6-18-061) and offers functions to easily implement process adjustments via master and correction dialogues.

Of course, we also provide a solution for the mandatory market communication via the AS4 protocol. More information is provided here.

Are you looking for a comprehensive solution for even more convenience, automation and security in scheduling? Then take a look at our NomT.

Are you already prepared for AS4?

According to a decision by the Federal Network Agency, all market partners are obliged to carry out market communication for electricity (including MaBiS) and natural gas via the AS4 protocol. SOPTIM offers an AS4 solution for all market roles and processes – as an SaaS solution with a simple and scalable usage model.

How SOPTIM supports you with the AS4 migration

• Compliant AS4 platform: meet all new requirements
• SaaS solution: No need for additional IT and application support
• Proven interface (FTP) to the ComCT: The ComCT can be easily connected
• Web cockpit to monitor communications: Reliable 24/7 operation
• Certificate management and onboarding: Attractive total package with a simple pricing model

Our SaaS solution

The switch to AS4 involves a number of technical and specialist requirements. Bi-directional communication channels need to be established with every single communication partner. The resources and effort involved are a major challenge for market participants. We would be happy to advise you and present our solution for a secure, simple and fast conversion to AS4. You can find out more about out standard AS4 solution here.

MaBiS expansion module for Traders

New: Communication data exchange via PARTIN for the balance group manager role in the MaBis module

With the MaBiS add-on module for ComCT, energy traders can achieve market conformity in the German MaBiS settlement process. In the framework of the data exchange between BIKO (Balance Group Coordinator) and BKV (Balance Group Manager), ComCT processes the exchange files MSCONS, PRICAT, UTILMD and answers every incoming message with a CONTRL message in line with market requirements. The content of the exchange data is clearly displayed by ComCT and can be viewed and verified by the user.

Test SOPTIM ComCT for four weeks without any obligations!

How to test ComCT in daily operation:

  1. Download the latest version here, and follow the instructions of the installation process.
  2. Please contact us and let us know your balance group code. We will send you a license file.
  3. You benefit from the full functionality of the latest ComCT version for four whole weeks.
  4. Convinced? Then conclude a maintenance contract and look forward to further new functionalities and continuous development of ComCT. You don’t have to take any risks: you can easily cancel the maintenance contract annually.

From ComCT version 3.9.0: only Windows 64bit is supported. Please make sure that your operating system meets the requirements.

  • Features

    Alongside the ESS formats, ComCT processes older KISS files. When reading KISS schedules, the files are automatically converted into ESS format.

    When reading the schedules, they are validated according to the known specifications and rules. Incorrect files are displayed separately. Errors are listed in detail.

    The TSO replies (ACK, ANO, CNF) are assigned automatically to the associated schedules and presented in context. The schedules receive their current status. Errors or deviations are displayed directly in the schedule.

    To request current status at the TSO, a so-called status requests can be sent. The replies are automatically assigned to the associated schedules, the status information is updated and any error or deviation is displayed.

    The import of the TSO replies is done via a central import directory. The schedules and status requests respectively are automatically transferred, via email or FTP, to the TSO or made available by saving them in a dispatch directory. All import and transit operations are logged.

    Schedule changes / versioning
    Changes are done by importing new schedule files. In this case, ComCT compares the current version numbers against the version and status information already present and then checks the contents.

    Configuration / parameterisation
    All settings for Excel conversion and communication are set and stored in ComCT special dialogues.

  • Advantages of a ComCT maintenance contract

    With a maintenance contract you benefit continously from new features and enhancements:

    1. More Performance
      The data processing speed has been significantly improved in the new ComCT version. In particular, the import and copy operations of schedule files have been accelerated, which is noticeable when you copy multiple files to a network drive.
    2. Microsoft Excel file format support “.xlsx”
      It is now possible to import KISS schedules into ComCT in the new Microsoft Excel format with the extension “.xlsx”.
    3. Cross-border scheduling
      Many enhancements have been carried out in ComCT in the context of cross-border scheduling. This includes the requirement to support the new reason codes and capacity contract types for the schedule dispatch and for a qualified display of TSO replies.
    4. Further development and support
      Unlike the free version, the commercial version is continuously improved, technologically updated and adapted to the trends and requirements of the market.
    5. Support of the new Java runtime environment
      The underlying Java version has evolved since the deployment of the last ComCT version 1.1.3 and offers, among other things, improved support for modern Windows operating systems. The commercial version always contains the latest version of the Java runtime environment and thus offers all the benefits that this brings to the user.
    6. Digitale signature of emails
      ComCT can digitally sign emails when dispatched. With a digital signature, the message recipient can verify whether the email comes from the correct sender and be sure that it has not been changed during transmission to the recipient.

ComCT Version 1.1.3 is freely available due to the fact that the German TSOs covered the costs of development. Feel free to download and profit from unlimited use here.

The further development of ComCT was supported until 2005. We offer our numerous customers a maintenance contract model for the current ComCT version which covers comprehensive support and ensures the latest upgrade. The maintenance contract ensures that you are always using the current version of ComCT. Additionally, you profit from our professional support – our team is happy to assist you with any further questions.

You can download version 1.1.3 and the installationguide here.

Calculate your maintenance costs for ComCT here.

The maintenance costs amount to:
3200 € per year.

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