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SDN microSense

The smart energy ecosystem constitutes the next technological leap of the conventional electrical grid.

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A smart grid provides multiple benefits such as increased reliability, better service quality and efficient utilization of the existing infrastructures. However, despite the fact that it brings beneficial environmental, economic and social changes, it also generates significant security and privacy challenges, as it includes a combination of heterogeneous, co-existing smart and legacy technologies.

Based on this reality, the SDN-microSENSE project intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattack tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of Electric Power and Energy systems as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications.

In particular, adopting an SDN-based technology, SDN-microSENSE will develop a three-layer security architecture, by deploying and implementing risk assessment processes, self-healing capabilities, large-scale distributed detection and prevention mechanisms, as well as an overlay privacy protection framework.

SINTEF and NTNU will make use of the Norwegian national SmartGrid laboratory as a testbench for adopting SDN (Software-Defined Networking) based methods in Electrical Power & Energy Systems.

This short video introduces the Norwegian Smart Grid Lab run by SINTEF and NTNU, Trondheim and how it can interact with another national laboratory -  the Cyber Range, NTNU Gjøvik -  to study and test cybersecurity for Electrical Power Systems and stations. SINTEF and NTNU are both partners in the EU project SDN µSense* focusing on this topic).

*SDN-microSENSE aims at providing and demonstrating a secure, resilient to cyber-attacks, privacy-enabled, and protected against data breaches solution for decentralised Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES)


Prosjektkoordinator: Ayesa Advanced Technologies SA

The project is financed by EU H2020, Grant agreement ID: 833955


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Project duration

2019 - 2022