Bandwidth and security requirements for smart grid

Kinan Ghanem, Rameez Asif, Stephen Ugwuanyi, James Irvine

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With the evolution of smart grid and applications, power distribution networks need scalable, flexible, distributed and secure end-to-end communication. This work aims to highlight the necessary bandwidth that is needed to effectively monitor and communicate with all the secondary substations of Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). In order to determine the bandwidth requirements, the current and future applications in each secondary substation should be known. Two levels of security are employed - IPsec and TLS - to give flexibility and resilience. Different test scenarios and several setups were employed on a fully secured IP based Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) through an IEC 62870-05-104 protocol, aiming to understand the bandwidth cost of different security techniques. The analysis depicts an average of 2-3 fold increase in bandwidth if both IPsec and TLS are used be to secure the connected asset.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2020 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe, ISGT-Europe 2020
PublisherThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-7100-5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2020

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NameIEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe


  • Bandwidth
  • Encryption
  • IP Security
  • Networks
  • Power Utility
  • Smart Grid
  • Spectrum
  • TLS and Distribution Network Operators

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