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Architecture and Development of Secure Communication Solutions for Smart Grid Applications

Axel Sikora
University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, D77652 Offenburg, Germany

Abstract—The communication technologies for automatic me-ter reading (smart metering) and for energy production and distribution networks (smart grid) have the potential to be one of the first really highly scaled machine-to-machine-(M2M)-applications. During the last years two very promising devel-opments around the wireless part of smart grid communication were initialized, which possibly have an impact on the markets far beyond Europe and far beyond energy automation.  Besides the specifications of the Open Metering System (OMS) Group, the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) has designed a protection profile (PP) and a technical directive (TR) for the communication unit of an intelligent measurement sys-tem (smart meter gateway), which were released in March 2013. This design uses state-of-the-art technologies and prescribes their implementation in real-life systems.

At first sight the expenditures for the prescribed solutions seem to be significant. But in the long run, this path is inevitable and comes with strategic advantages.
Index Terms—BSI protection profile, secure smart meter gate-way, PKI

Cite: Axel Sikora, "Architecture and Development of Secure Communication Solutions for Smart Grid Applications" Journal of Communications, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 490-496, 2013. doi: 10.12720/jcm.8.8.490-496