Taking a look at the future of energy networks today

The ener­gy tran­si­ti­on is fun­da­ment­al­ly chan­ging Europe’s ener­gy sup­ply: away from nuclear and fos­sil fuels, towards decen­tra­li­sed rene­wa­ble ener­gies and more ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy. The most important dri­vers, digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on and tech­no­lo­gi­cal pro­gress, are ope­ning up com­ple­te­ly new pos­si­bi­li­ties for grid ope­ra­ti­ons and are essen­ti­al for a clean, secu­re and eco­no­mi­c­al­ly suc­cess­ful future.

The energy grid of tomorrow

In the ener­gy grid of tomor­row, capa­ci­ty reser­ves will be reco­gnis­ed and opti­mal­ly uti­li­sed, new ope­ra­ting con­cepts will be made pos­si­ble, exis­ting safe­ty reser­ves will be opti­mal­ly uti­li­sed and power lines will be more even­ly loaded.
At the same time, the digi­ta­li­sed grid will have to mea­su­re up to the high level of sup­ply secu­ri­ty in Ger­ma­ny that is inter­na­tio­nal­ly reco­gnis­ed today. Effec­ti­ve safe­ty mecha­nisms, such as the moni­to­ring of the net­work sta­tus and intel­li­gent con­trol, cou­pled with a high level of safe­ty of the decen­tra­li­sed sys­tems, will ensu­re opti­mal uti­li­sa­ti­on with a con­troll­ab­le risk of overload.

Challenges on the way to the smart grid

We are alrea­dy lag­ging behind the goal of the smart grid. For examp­le, the plan­ned north-south rou­tes for grid expan­si­on will not be com­ple­ted until 2025 at the ear­liest. Digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on pro­jects in the dis­tri­bu­ti­on grid are also not being com­ple­ted in time. In order to be able to meet the chal­len­ges of the trans­for­med grid, howe­ver, we need signi­fi­cant­ly more effi­ci­ent grids even befo­re 2025.

Existing IT as a bottleneck

The infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy cur­r­ent­ly in use pla­ces an addi­tio­nal bur­den on the goal of a smart grid; sys­tems are inap­pro­pria­te­ly dimen­sio­ned for their future tasks. For examp­le, the pre­fer­red smart meter gate­way is eco­no­mi­c­al­ly unvia­ble in many pla­ces due to its mas­si­ve func­tio­n­al over­hang. Other more eco­no­mi­c­al solu­ti­ons, howe­ver, most­ly do not have the necessa­ry secu­ri­ty mecha­nisms and thus end­an­ger the high stan­dard of Ger­man sup­ply security.

A secure future with PHYSEC

We offer LoRa­WAN and NB-IoT con­nec­ti­vi­ty for the digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on of power grids. Our uni­que and paten­ted TLS encryp­ti­on for LoRa­WAN pro­vi­des BSI-com­pli­ant WAN secu­ri­ty accord­ing to BSI-TR-03116–3, allowing mete­ring sys­tems to be imple­men­ted to meet the IT secu­ri­ty cata­lo­gue of the BNetzA accord­ing to §11 para 1a EnWG. Our solu­ti­on covers the ent­i­re con­nec­ti­vi­ty from the meter to the ERP sys­tem or the IoT platform.

The benefits of PHYSEC’s Smart Grid solution

  • Eco­no­mi­c­al:
    You recei­ve a cost-effec­ti­ve alter­na­ti­ve to the smart meter gate­way for the digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on of your net­work infra­st­ruc­tu­re, with full com­pli­an­ce with all requi­red secu­ri­ty standards.
  • Simp­le:
    No time-con­suming trai­ning of ser­vice per­son­nel necessa­ry, authen­ti­ca­ti­on as well as key estab­lish­ment via smart­pho­ne app during on-site instal­la­ti­on and sup­port of com­mon inter­faces (e.g. ModBus).
  • Uni­que­ly secure:
    BSI-com­pli­ant WAN secu­ri­ty accord­ing to BSI-TR-03116–3 for LoRa­WAN is only avail­ab­le with our paten­ted TLS encryp­ti­on for LoRaWAN.
  • Full con­trol:
    You retain data sov­er­eig­n­ty at all times, neit­her end device nor soft­ware manu­fac­tu­rers have access to the data

Learn more about our solutions

IoTree — LoRaWAN

Eva­lua­te the pos­si­bi­li­ties of using your own LoRa­WAN net­work. With our LoRa­WAN Eva­lua­ti­on Kit, you recei­ve our expert advice inclu­ding the necessa­ry hard­ware and software.

IoTree — NB-IoT

Eva­lua­te the pos­si­bi­li­ties of using your own LoRa­WAN net­work. With our LoRa­WAN Eva­lua­ti­on Kit, you recei­ve our expert advice inclu­ding the necessa­ry hard­ware and software.

SEAL integrity monitoring

Optio­nal­ly, we also offer our paten­ted phy­si­cal inte­gri­ty moni­to­ring. Mani­pu­la­ti­on of con­trol and mea­su­ring equip­ment can be detec­ted remo­te­ly in real time.

Personal consultation

Respond to the rising thre­at level and pre­vent tomorrow’s attacks. We at PHYSEC will be hap­py to ans­wer your ques­ti­ons. Talk direct­ly to our exe­cu­ti­ves now.

Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger, CEO
email: christian.zenger@physec.de

Dr. Hei­ko Koep­ke, CFO
email: heiko.koepke@physec.de