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Integration of IEC 61850 MMS and LTE to support smart metering communications

Pham, Giang T. (2013) Integration of IEC 61850 MMS and LTE to support smart metering communications.

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Abstract:Smart Grid is the term used for next generation power grid which aims to minimize environmental impact, enhance markets, improve reliability and service, and reduce costs and improve efficiency. In order to achieve these goals, Smart Grid relies on a two-way information exchange infrastructure made possible by communication networks. The initial step will be the deployment of the two-way smart metering communication between the smart meters and the control centre, which can be seen as the key enabler for future Smart Grid applications to be built. IEC 61850 is the international standard protocol defined to ensure interoperability within Substation Automation System (SAS) by standardizing the abstract data models and services to support SAS communications. As the scope of the protocol is extended beyond substation boundary, it has the potential to be used for smart metering communication. IEC 61850 services for metering are mapped on the Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS). MMS is the OSI protocol than can run over TCP/IP or OSI networks to support IEC 61850 services. Currently the MMS uses Ethernet as the layer 2 protocol. However, when applying to the smart metering infrastructure, it is not favourable to run Ethernet because of its physical limitations (e.g., wired technology) and high installation costs. Long Term Evolution (LTE), a fourth-generation (4G) cellular standard, seems to be more suitable with its advanced technologies to provide high-capacity, low-latency, secure and reliable data-packet switched network. The objective of this research is to integrate IEC 61850 MMS and LTE to support communications between smart meters and the central meter data management system. The research includes a literature study of IEC 61850 MMS protocol, focusing on its requirements to support smart metering communication, and simulation-based performance evaluation of IEC 61850 MMS smart metering traffic over LTE network.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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