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ITE develops a system which benefits the security of information in the electricity grid

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) finalises a project on cybersecurity in the advanced metering infrastructure of electricity distribution grids, which guarantees a more efficient operation and which increase their security.

With the introduction of the Smart Grids in the electricity grids, automation and interconnection level between the resources of the infrastructure are increased, creating new communication opportunities by using the grid and giving important improvements as for energy management.

In the low voltage infrastructure, it is used the electricity grid to send information on the energy consumption of users and it is also considered its future use for the interaction between the utilities and their clients. Therefore, the protection of information is fundamental to be able to maintain the users’ privacy and, at the same time, to guarantee the integrity of the data exchanged between different devices which integrate the electricity grid.

In this regard, ITE created a system addressed to detect and correct the weaknesses that affect the security of the grid, with the aim of protection the information contained in the devices, that is to say the data corresponding to citizens and their energy consumption habits. Within this project, different possible vulnerability and intrusion scenarios of cybersecurity of a Smart City were tested in order to define security models able to strengthen the current mechanics used to protect communications in the advanced metering infrastructure of the electricity distribution grid. Specifically, this development is focused on the communication between meters and metering concentrators, and it includes the analysis of different types of possible attacks to develop strategies to prevent, defend and face threats.

The project Ciberseguridad (cybersecurity) allows managing the stored and transmitted data in a more reliable and secure way, which contributes both to the utilities and to the citizens that are users of the grid, so that everyone can take benefit from the possibilities provided by these new Smart meters, getting more information about consumption, optimizing the management and saving energy.

This project is co-funded by the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE) and the ERDF, within the ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 for the Valencian Region.

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