Secure Metering

Project leader: prof. dr. M.C.J.D. van Eekelen, RUN (16 April 2010 till 1 April 2013)

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Secure metering is about measuring and charging for the consumption of products. This could be electricity or gas but equally road pricing. The aim of this project is to design an architecture that offers both client and service providers control over the level of monitoring and data collection and at the same time guarantees effective fraud prevention and detection. The scientific side of the project focuses on the design and analysis of architecture for safe, flexible, fraud resistant and privacy friendly measurement. Due to the relatedness of the subjects there is intense cooperation with the Sentinels project PEARL

Project results

Four results were achieved within the project. First of all protocols were developed for smart electricity meters. These protocols compare the sum of all separate meters with the sum of all encryptions and check whether any electricity leaks away within a block of electricity meters. Only if irregularities are detected within such a block, are the data from the individual meters disclosed. In addition to this a new approach was proposed for road pricing. By dividing the road up into different cells and by making some of these a control cell, the exact route that somebody has taken does not need to be known. If the data about the control road cells are correct then the entire route has been correctly priced. Finally within the project the vulnerabilities in the security of two different systems were exposed. These were chips that are used in smart meters and the payment system for charging electric cars.

Follow-up activities
Thanks to follow-up publications, the knowledge developed within the project has already led to solutions that industry are implementing as prototypes. Proposals for follow-up projects are also being worked on.

Universities and partners involved

  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Alliander
  • RijksDienst voor het Wegverkeer