Efficient and fault-diagnosable authentication architecture for AMI in smart grid

Depeng Li, Zeyar Aung, John R. Williams, Abel Sanchez

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The recently emerging advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is envisioned to be one of the most prominent features of smart grid. Security, especially authentication, is crucial for the success of large-scale AMI deployment. Unfortunately, AMI's natural requirements-efficiency, scalability, fault diagnoses, and reliability-cannot be fully satisfied by existing authentication schemes. To validate the delay-tolerant AMI metering data, we present a new authentication architecture that boosts the utilization of a set of efficient authentication schemes. Meanwhile, in case of authentication failures, fault diagnoses are highly demanded by AMI. Thus, we develop a few corresponding fault diagnosis algorithms that precisely pinpoint the authentication failure with lightweight computational cost. We implement our system on emulated smart meters and commodity servers. Experimental results on real-world scenarios demonstrate the feasibility of our system; it merely incurs substantially lighter overheads than those by the existing schemes, while it can effectively address the formidable authentication challenges in AMI.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)598-616
Number of pages19
JournalSecurity and Communication Networks
Issue number4
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2015


  • Authentication
  • Digital signature
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Fault tolerance
  • Smart grids
  • Verification


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