Security Considerations in AMR AMI *
30 November 1999
It can be seen that most utilities across the world are now in a process to migrate to smart grid by implementing smart meters and AMR/AMI in power generation, transmission and distribution sectors for various reasons such as AT&C (Aggregate Technical and Commercial) loss reduction, reduction of greenhouse gas emission and aligning to governmental energy policies. In this venture most utilities also try to address latest smart grid functions such as Home Area Automation, Demand Response, Remote Connect/ Disconnect, Distributed energy resources and meter firmware upgrade over the air. All these enables Information Technology and Telecommunication as important as Power System Engineering in the overall scheme of things. The data security risks associated with IT based telecommunication need to be carefully tackled, provided the serious nature of the application being linked to electric grid. The consequences of security breach in AMR/AMI can range from mere invasion toprivate data to serious life or health threats.