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Secure-WAMS: Cyber-security mechanisms for wide-area monitoring and control of next-generation power grids

Secure-WAMS: Cyber-security mechanisms for wide-area monitoring and control of next-generation power grids

The application demonstrates impacts of cyber attacks and network latency in a power grid, and how the intelligent wide-area communications and distributed applications help re-stabilize the grid.

Project milestone

In Development

Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development
Deployed
Commercialized

Impact statement

Power system utility companies and Independent System Operators will highly benefit from this application. Utilities and ISOs all across the US are currently installing hundreds of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) under the Department of Energy's smart grid investment grants. Once these PMUs start communicating massive volumes of data from one part of the grid to another, real-time dissemination and processing as well as cyber-security will become imperative issues. Our application will show how these PMU data can be handled intelligently in real-time using distributed algorithms such that even if there is severe network delays or any attempt of a malicious attack the underlying communication architecture can reconfigure its routing principles and bypass the immediate impact of the attack. The application will also be of interest to IT companies, as well as to academicians working in the area of smart grid security.

Features

  • SDN
  • OpenFlow
  • Low-latency
  • Local cloud / edge computing
  • GENI/US Ignite Rack
  • Layer 2

Acknowledgements

National Science Foundation CNS #1531099, #1531047