Smart metering technology – Workshop for secure communication in conformity with the standard
Electricity producers and suppliers of electricity meters must meet the challenges of a liberalised electricity market. By analysing real-life case studies, the workshop aims at providing participants with an introduction to state-of-the-art trends in network management and smart metering in particular, and encourage discussions on the approaches in establishing smart metering in their own business.
TÜV SÜD provides the workshop in cooperation with Frauenhofer ESK and Frauenhofer AISEC.
Legal requirements demand that energy companies increase their use of energy from renewable sources. The use of energy from renewable sources in particular makes it necessary to change the power distribution network. Due to the increased use of volatile solar and wind energy, new feed-in points have to be installed into the distribution network and a smart energy management has to be established to balance the voltage in the electrical network. To do so, we need comprehensive data collection and integrated communication within the Smart Grid. Challenges include the need to identify suitable energy storage technology and the realisation of more secure and reliable metering processes. To win the acceptance of energy consumers, we need to ensure transparency, respect the privacy of consumers and comply with data protection regulations
Module 1: Network management
Module 1 addresses fundamental issues of smart metering, focusing in particular on standardisation and connectivity. Participants familiarise themselves with the relevant standards and gain an overview of the present state of activities at national and international level.
Smart metering in the smart grid
- Smart meters as measuring devices
- Smart meters as components of the smart grid (e.g. IEC 61850)
- Technical and regulatory requirements for smart metering
- International benchmarking
- Needs analysis regarding communication technology
- Overview of technologies
- Wired technologies: power line, twisted-pair cabling etc.
- Wireless technologies: WLAN, wireless M-Bus, ZigBee etc.
- Model solutions
Module 2: Safety and security solutions
Module 2 addresses issues in functional safety and information security. The participants learn about the criteria that smart metering systems and their communication units must fulfil to be safe and secure, and gain an overview of the relevant directives and standards.
- Requirements for safe and secure communication
- Requirements for safe and secure smart metering systems
- User profiles and privacy
Technical standards and directives
- BSI protection profile - TR 03109
- IEC 62351
- Benchmarking with international requirements, recommendations and solutions, e.g. NISTIR 7628