Performance of LTE for smart grid communications

Georgios Karagiannis, G.T. Pham, A.D. Nguyen, Geert Heijenk, Boudewijn R.H.M. Haverkort, F. Campfens

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    The next generation power grid (the “Smart Grid‿) aims to minimize environmental impact, enhance markets, improve reliability and service, and reduce costs and improve efficiency of electricity distribution. One of the main protocol frameworks used in Smart Grids is IEC 61850. Together with the Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS) protocol, IEC 61850 ensures in-teroperability within the Smart Grid by standardizing the data models and ser-vices to support Smart Grid communications, most notably, smart metering and remote control. Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications standard that provides high-capacity, low-latency, secure and reliable data-packet switching. This paper investigates whether LTE can be used in combination with IEC 61850 and MMS to support smart metering and remote control communications at a desirable quality of service level. Using ns-3 simulation models, it is shown that LTE can indeed satisfy the main IEC 61850 and MMS performance requirements for these two applications.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International GI/ITG Conference on “Measurement, Modelling and Evaluation of Computing Systems‿ and “Dependability and Fault-Tolerance‿, MMB & DFT 2014
    EditorsK. Fischbach, U.R. Krieger
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-05358-5
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


    • CR-C.2.1
    • EWI-24194
    • CR-C.2.5
    • CR-B.4.5
    • CR-B.8.2
    • IR-88717
    • METIS-303981

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