This paper appears in: Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), 2011 IEEE
Issue Date: 9-12 Jan. 2011
On page(s): 1171 - 1175
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-8789-9
This paper focuses on deployment of smart meters in the power distribution systems to enhance the operation infrastructure. An important challenge in establishing a communication paradigm between the utilities and the customers is that customers are susceptible to privacy concerns. In this paper, we present a model to ensure the privacy and integrity of communicating parties within the smart grid by using smart meters as a gateway between intra- and inter-network communications. In particular, we utilize the smart meter as a firewall to manage incoming and outgoing traffic and mediate household devices based on the instructions from the electric utility. Moreover, third parties are introduced in our model such as service providers so that they can monitor and manage the contracted customers by using the existing communication infrastructure.