Posts Tagged ‘SMART GRID’

IEEE Launch a portal on SMART GRIDs

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

On the IEEE Smart Grid Web portal all IEEE activities and assets converge into a single place where users can explore and understand all the different and particular aspects of the Smart Grid.

The portal also features a (buy online) option for more than 100 IEEE smart grid related standards, including those called out in the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework.

The portal is also offering an online registration process for stakeholders to become involved in the technical and public policy aspects of the smart grid and renewable energy as voluntary resources.

You can sign-up here

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(End to End) Smart Grid Leading Players by Market Segment

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

SMART Grid Big Guns


The FACT that about 18 companies from the IT industry (Including: Google,Microsoft,IBM,CISCO,SAP,HP,Oracle and Intel) show up there mean that the competition is really heating up for the 3.4B $ stimulus/Appetizer package and that we are in for a whole new genre of vulnerability bulletins.

Source: GreenTechMedia

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Smart Grid & Privacy

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Another MSNBC article Talking about how the avalanche of data expected to be generated by consumer smart homes can be used knowingly or unknowingly to reconstruct your daily/private life.

Utility companies, by gathering hundreds of billions of data points about us, could reconstruct much of our daily lives — when we wake up, when we go home, when we go on vacation, perhaps even when we draw a hot bath. They might sell this information to marketing companies — perhaps a travel agency will send brochures right when the family vacation is about to arrive. Law enforcement officials might use this information against us (“Where were you last night? Home watching TV? That’s not what the power company says … ”). Divorce lawyers could subpoena the data (“You say you’re a good parent, but your children are forced to sleep in 61-degree rooms. For shame …”). A credit bureau or insurance company could penalize you because your energy use patterns are similar to those of other troublesome consumers. Or criminals could spy the data, then plan home burglaries with fine-tuned accuracy.

The Full article can be read HERE

Smart Grid Companies are asking for a Dedicated Wireless Spectrum

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment

In a recent FCC workshop several utility companies lead by AEP (American Electric Power) brought up “Again” the idea of having the government allocate a certain wireless spectrum (calls for following the Canadian footsteps of allocating the 30 MHz ranges ) specifically for utilities to use for smart grid purposes. This would mean either restricting that spectrum to a few select groups, or making it completely off limits for other types of companies and organizations working on things other than smart grid technology.

The workshop agenda posted some other important questions like:

-What are the pros and cons of the various types of networks?
-How much bandwidth is needed to support Smart Grid communications? Do current networks meet these needs?

More on the topic

    Comments: Going through several presentations from the workshop I want to highlight the following:

– Its clear that telco giants like AT&T are leading a band advocating for using the public wireless network for the Smartgrid describing the wireless public network as “secure” and “reliable” , with one of the presentations saying that “Adding all possible meters in the United States = %0.0002 increase in AT&T network traffic”. ( which might be true and more cost efficient than other alternatives but it sure sounds like putting all the eggs in one basket.)

AEP’s Position on Dedicated wireless:
– Needed to support the growing voice and data needs for existing SCADA, voice dispatch, AVL, and mobile data applications for the field workforce “So news like Energy Utility laptop stolen will now have a whole different and scary meaning

-Needed to support the new and expanding “Smart Grid” data needs of AMI, and DA

-Dedicated spectrum is much less likely to receive interference and has a remedy procedure if interference is experienced

-Dedicated, licensed spectrum would likely allow for higher transmitter power, reducing the amount of infrastructure required to serve a given area, when compared to unlicensed solutions

-Harmonized with the Canadian grant of 30 MHz at 1.8 GHz

-Common spectrum allocation with Canada supports economies of scale for equipment and service providers lowering overall cost of ownership to utilities and ultimately lower rates to rate payers

-Quicker time to have equipment available since manufacturers will be making equipment for Canadian utilities “ummmm

-The allocation of 30 MHz will support many utility critical infrastructure systems. (AMI, DA, SCADA, Voice Dispatch, Mobile
Data, and AVL)

Smart Meter Worm Propagation Sim Videos

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

As a follow up on his Blackhat presentation ioactive’s mike davis was kind enough posting a couple of youtube videos where he simulated the propagation of the Smart Meter Worm.

The Simulation features 22,000 node smart-meter worm propagation using GPS points gathered from geo-coded home addresses purchased from a bulk mailing list. The simulation takes into account radio range (.001 GPS degrees for this sim) RF drop-off over distance(signal strength) and RF noise as well as packet collisions (to quarter second resolution).

As he mentioned in a recent webcast the 3 simulations below show different propagation rates/speeds as they simulate meters with different radio ranges and different scenarios for the initial worm release location with respect to the rest of the smart meter population.

For instance Meters with longer radio ranges tend to have higher collision rates…etc, thus slower.

You Tube Links:

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

Smart Grid Initiatives and Government Intervension World Wide

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m trying to link Smart Grid Initiatives “large and small” worldwide with global trends of government intervention, mandated compliance, and regulatory frameworks within the concept of “Critical Infrastructure Protection” CIP. In other words, is the world in general leaning towards mandated compliance ? or are we still seeing a fight back in favor of industry self compliance?.

I began by looking at the Smart Meters Projects Map (Created by the Energy Retail Association – UK). I noticed the following:

Smart Meter Projects World Wide

Smart Meter Projects World Wide

– About 32 Countries in Total announced Smart Metering Projects as of 2009 “See Map”, 24 (75% of the total number) reportedly have or are working on CIP programs “with different Maturity levels”.

– I evaluated what’s publicly available on the CIP programs within those 24 countries against the “ International CIIP Handbook“. and mapped the CIP programs against More or Less government Intervention.

Government CIP Involvement

Government CIP Involvement

– It’s clear that we are going towards state mandated compliance with the majority starting off from column DGovernment is a consultant” towards Column BGovernment Clearly mandates clear and Precise CIP Standards“. Except for the United States which starts from Column EIndustry Self Regulation“.
– Although enjoying the strongest momentum, the US might not be the perfect model for the rest of the world, the US road map is certainly different.
– This Blog Visitors map “see top right” show exactly the same 24 countries.

Note: The “Gov/CIP involvement” Diagram is Based on the article “Models of CIIP” by Dan Assaf. Published in elsavier’s “International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection” Volume 1. 2008

Power Lines Can be Used to Steal Data

July 19, 2009 Leave a comment

A recently announced exploit is targeting the electrical grid , with no expensive pieces of equipment required, How to execute these attacks will be demonstrated at the Black Hat USA 2009 security conference in Las Vegas later this month by Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco, a pair of researchers for network security consultancy Inverse Path.

Stealing Keystrokes via Electrical Lines

Stealing Keystrokes via Electrical Lines

In the power-line exploit, the attacker grabs the keyboard signals that are generated by hitting keys. Because the data wire within the keyboard cable is unshielded, the signals leak into the ground wire in the cable, and from there into the ground wire of the electrical system feeding the computer. Bit streams generated by the keyboards that indicate what keys have been struck create voltage fluctuations in the grounds, they say.

The attack proved successful when tapping electric sockets located up to 15 meters from where the target computer was plugged in the researchers say.

“If our small research was able to accomplish acceptable results in a brief development time (approximately a week of work) and with cheap hardware,” they say. “Consider what a dedicated team or government agency can accomplish with more expensive equipment and effort,”

Comments: Applying the same technique Can a vulnerable Smart Meter be used to steal data from all the wired Computers in a house ?

Full Article HERE