October 10, 2012 at 02:00 AM EDT
Elster and ENCS to pilot Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) under Alliander Smart Grid rollout in the Netherlands
Proof-of-concept project for Privacy Enhancing Technology enabling Privacy by Design in the Smart Grid

ESSEN, Germany and THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and Elster today announced that they will collaborate with leading Dutch energy network provider, Alliander, to provide a proof-of-concept pilot project to demonstrate advanced Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) for Smart Metering networks. Responsible for the regional distribution of electricity and gas to 3.3 million customers in the Netherlands, Alliander is currently developing and implementing Smart Metering and Smart Grid infrastructures. Elster will be supplying an end-to-end, market-ready solution for the PET pilot, which forms part of Alliander's small-scale Smart Meter rollout that commenced in the first half of 2012.

ENCS selected Elster for their implementation of the PET protocols on the Elster AS300 multi-utility smart electricity meter and the Elster EnergyICT EIServer, a meter management head-end solution, for Alliander's PET pilot. The PET protocols use cryptographic methods optimized specifically for aggregating data, which means any information collected from Smart Meters is unusable until aggregated with measurements from other meters. This will allow Alliander to meet, and even exceed, the strict privacy requirements mandated in the Netherlands, while simultaneously being able to perform advanced grid management and optimization based on the metering data.

"The transition to a clean energy economy requires a smarter grid and maintaining consumer trust and confidence with respect to privacy and security concerns is central to our Smart Meter and Smart Grid program," says Richard de Vries, Manager, Asset Innovation and Information at Alliander.

Alliander is a founding member of ENCS, which is an independent European private-public collaboration formed to develop the most effective ways of increasing the cyber security and safety of critical digital infrastructures. The Alliander/ENCS PET pilot aims to validate the applicability of PETs for Smart Metering and Smart Grid, to determine to what extent this new technology is beneficial to Alliander and other grid companies and what needs to be adapted to maximize its benefit.

Alliander is also the first distribution grid operator to obtain a Data Privacy and Security certification.

"As well as assuring end-user privacy, utilities will benefit in a number of ways when implementing PET," said Frank Hyldmar, Executive Vice President for Electricity, Elster; and Jouke Eikelboom, CEO at ENCS. "Utilities will be able to achieve compliance with privacy and data security legislation at lower cost, as well as enabling use cases in a privacy friendly manner."

About Elster

Elster is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced Smart Metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.

Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.

For more information about Elster, please visit www.elster.com and follow us on Twitter at www.elster.com/twitter.

About ENCS

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is a not for profit cooperative association that creates and brings together knowledge and resources to secure European critical infrastructures. ENCS works with dedicated resources on research & development, testing, monitoring, education & training and information & knowledge sharing. In addition, ENCS uses her network in government, academia and business to provide cyber security solutions dedicated to the needs of owners of critical infrastructures and regulators. ENCS's initial focus is on cyber security challenges to help build the energy transition in Europe.

For more information about ENCS, please visit www.encs.eu.

SOURCE Elster

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