Using Established, Proven Standards to Build a Secure Smart Meter Infrastructure

Using Established, Proven Standards to Build a Secure Smart Meter Infrastructure

Posted on 02 February, 2017 in Category

Christopher Torr, Technical Manager of MAOSCO Ltd., the trading body for the MULTOS Consortium, compares some of the established and upcoming technologies and their suitability for buildling a secure Smart Meter infrastructure.

"The very need for flexibility in the global Smart Meter market could make it very difficult for vendors to build meters that comply with the varying levels of security and functional requirements for the Smart interface. The temptation is to cut back on security features to save on costs, simplify the infrastructure and reduce time to market. However, the very act of doing this potentially sabotages the very reasons for implementing a Smart Meter programme; accurate billing, managing demand, reducing fraud, cutting billing costs etc.

It will pay particular attention to secure devices which are emerging from other proven, established, high‐value, high‐security markets (particularly payment and Identification (ID)) and leverage already proven standards. MULTOS, an open, long‐established, high‐security operating system (and supporting eco‐system) for secure microcontrollers has much to offer in securing Smart Meters and other Smart Grid devices and will be discussed in more detail."

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