Canada pilots solution for smart meter cyber security

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N-Dimension completes a pilot project for the development, evaluation, and commercialization of a Cybersecurity technology in Ontario.

In Canada, energy cyber security company N-Dimension has completed a pilot project for the evaluation and commercialisation of technology for smart grid field applications such as smart meters.

According to a press statement released on Monday, the aim of the project sponsored by Ontario’s Ministry of Energy is “to improve the reliability of power delivery and ensure the integrity of the utility and power customer data in Ontario”.

Smart meters cyber security

As part of the project, Canadian company N-Dimension integrated a demonstration of the cyber security technology into electric utility Burlington Hydro’s smart meter network consisting of 66,700 residential and commercials customers in the City of Burlington.

The inclusion of cyber security software in Elster Solutions’ advanced metering infrastructure system – EnergyAxis Gatekeeper – confirmed functionality of the system as it complemented Elster’s existing security.

The system claims to reduce risk for utilities and their customers by analysing threat alert data, limiting the time spent by IT in processing of log files as it quickly identifies threats, threat sources ,and generates notifications before spread to other parts of the network and system occurs, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

Commenting on the project, Minister of Energy in Ontario Bob Chiarelli said: “N-Dimension has successfully commercialised the technology developed as part of the Ontario Smart Grid Fund project with its N-Sentinel Monitoring, which was released earlier this year.”

Ontario smart grid

The Ontario Smart Grid Fund was established in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Energy to support the growth and advancement of the province’s electricity grid.

Earlier this month the provincial government announced a new round of project applications for the fund.

The Ministry of Energy said it will consider applications for consumer-focused initiatives that seek to optimize smart technologies and systems by involving customers as active energy sector participants

Self-healing grids that can perform fault location, isolation and service restoration using automated technologies and communication systems is another priority together with enhanced fault prevention that can precisely detect faults while protecting equipment and enabling faster response.