A smart energy grid is an electrical grid which includes a variety of operations and energy measures.
Most smart grids have self-healing capabilities and enable electricity customers to become active participants.
Smart grids that aim to benefit the whole society may encounter several security challenges.
Hence, it is essential that experts reconsider smart grid security while developing these grids.
Technology is rapidly growing, offering breathtaking innovation to numerous industries. On similar lines of innovation, experts developed the concept of smart energy grids with the aim to provide on-demand power supply to industries and homes alikes. The objective was to encourage efficient power consumption, optimized expenditure on energy bills, and ensuring a greener environment.
Now, that’s a huge figure, right? But we’re discussing something even more serious than money here – we’re discussing smart grid security.
Why the name ‘smart’ energy grid instead of energy grid? The smart grids incorporate the IoT technology to benefit organizations, homes, and the environment. Let’s dive in to know the benefits that smart energy grids offer:
Despite the benefits, smart energy grids face serious security issues, which have forced consumers and experts to question the system.
While conceptualizing, designing, and executing a smart grid, a lot of time needs to be devoted to planning. The possible drawbacks and loopholes should be identified well in advance. Smart grid security, infrastructure compatibility, and performance must all be taken into consideration. Besides, scalability of the grid should also be taken care of. Pilots must be run before large scale grids are rolled out. Continuous feedback from energy producers, distributors, and consumers should be taken for the improvement of smart grids.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.