Convergence of Smart Grid ICT architectures for the last mile
Ref: CISTER-TR-141204 Publication Date: Feb 2015
Convergence of Smart Grid ICT architectures for the last mileRef: CISTER-TR-141204 Publication Date: Feb 2015
The evolution of the electrical grid into a smart grid, allowing user production, storage and exchange of energy, remote control of appliances, and in general optimizations over how the energy is managed and consumed, is also an evolution into a complex Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system.
With the goal of promoting an integrated and interoperable smart grid, a number of organizations all over the world started uncoordinated standardization activities, which caused the emergence of a large number of incompatible architectures and standards. There are now new standardization activities which have the goal of organizing existing standards and produce best practices to choose the right approach(es) to be employed in specific smart grid designs.
This paper follows the lead of NIST and ETSI/CEN/CENELEC approaches in trying to provide taxonomy of existing solutions; our contribution reviews and relates current ICT state-of-the-art, with the objective of forecasting future trends based on the orientation of current efforts and on relationships between them. The resulting taxonomy provides guidelines for further studies of the architectures, and highlights how the standards in the last mile of the smart grid are converging to common solutions to improve ICT infrastructure interoperability.
Published in Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII), IEEE, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 187-197.
Record Date: 9, Dec, 2014