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Smart grid field analysis

Smart grid field analysis

Billions of dollars in global investments for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) are bringing smart energy grids and smart cities to life. Smart grid systems extend intelligent devices across a large Field Area Network (FAN)–where they are beyond traditional protective zones, heavily targeted by malicious actors, and form a large attack surface into critical energy systems. Lack of situational awareness and visibility is a significant challenge to maintaining smart grid security, managing system performance, troubleshooting FAN problems, and validating system controls and behavior. 

Perspecta Labs’ field analysis services unburden utility operators by applying experience-driven knowledge to efficiently investigate and resolve operational problems, validate system features and security controls, troubleshoot smart grid application failures, discover misconfigured devices and tune system Radio Frequency (RF) coverage. Leveraging our patented SecureSmart™ capability, we provide utility customers with actionable intelligence and field support by providing real-time, ground-truth, objective artifacts for problem remediation. SecureSmart provides unprecedented visibility into clients’ smart grid and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks and can be quickly and inexpensively deployed to support field analyses and assessments.

Perspecta Labs’ smart grid field analysis consulting services include:

  • End-to-end system testing for features, functions and performance compliance (“Fit for Purpose” testing)

  • SCADA and field traffic profiling and analysis

  • Service impact assessments for multi-service FANs

  • Security program evaluation, risk analysis and vulnerability assessment

  • Validation of requirements compliance for vendor claims, wireless security and privacy controls

  • Field network troubleshooting, including resolution of failures in meter read, communications and service restoration

  • RF plan optimization for access points, relays and collectors

We deploy expert analysts and engineers in the field with state-of-the-art tools to efficiently and comprehensively investigate field network behavior and system operation. We trace issues through multiple layers and systems, document objective artifacts, drive towards discovery of root cause and provide practical remediation recommendations.  

For system validation, we design thorough, efficient test plans based on customer requirements and conduct fit-for-purpose testing to produce results that are traceable to business and technical needs. Perspecta Labs’ SecureSmart solution accelerates our smart grid field analysis services with mobile, passive field sensors that are quickly deployed in vehicles or taken to locations of interest. Intelligent analytics helps abstract a sea of packet communication into higher level views of network operation.  

SecureSmart is also available as Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS). For more information on the SecureSmart CMaaS offering, click here