Smart Grid

January 24, 2013

Applied Communication Sciences Unveils Smart Grid Managed Security Service

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) enables the communication between a smart utility meter and an IT company. So, AMI provides companies with real-time data about the usage of power. For customers, it enables smart usage of power and reduces their utility bills.

Looking to improve the functioning of electric utility Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) field area networks, Applied Communication Sciences has unveiled SecureSmart Managed Security Service (MSS).

SecureSmart MMS is ideal for AMI and DA networks as it allows the users to deploy a wireless intrusion detection solution quickly and easily. Users will also be able to perform 24x7 monitoring with this solution, the company announced.

According to the company, ACS's (News - Alert) SecureSmart MSS helps in intrusion detection functions of Field Area Network (FAN). Field Area Networks offer safe adjustable and easily deployable networks for utilities. ACS's SecureSmart MSS offers improved visibility into FANs by offering numerous hosted monitoring tools.

Applied Communication Sciences provides safety to networks which are plagued by various threats such as hacking, virus attacks and privacy breaches. An attack on a network not only disrupts the flow of a service, but it also makes a dent in the reputation of the company.

“Our SecureSmart MSS answers the industry's call for greater situational awareness and visibility into Smart Meter networks, which are fast becoming the largest networks within the utilities," said Tony Bogovic, Applied Communication Sciences' Group President, Advanced Consulting and Engineering.  "SecureSmart MSS brings to market first-of-its-kind technology and innovations developed by ACS's Applied Research group that enable utilities to detect early signs of attacks on wireless FAN communications and help validate security controls.”

Recently, the company announced that it received an Edison Patent Award. The company received this award for its research on quantum communications.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman