Press release

Smart Grid / 26.11.2013

Secure data transmission via smart grid: Vattenfall and RWE support SPIDER consortium, application for BSI certification


In the SPIDER project consortium, leading colleges and universities, research institutes, and companies are working together on secure data communication for intelligent energy networks. The design phase for the development of a Smart Meter Gateway has been concluded successfully. Application for certification with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has been submitted. With the energy providers Vattenfall and RWE, two leading companies in the industry are associated with the consortium.

The SPIDER project consortium places focus on secure powerline data communication for smart energy networks: The workgroup, secure powerline data communication in intelligent energy nets, has made it its objective to create secure, BSI compliant communication for the highly sensitive measuring point data in the Smart Grid and in doing so to define a Europe-wide standard. The goal of the project includes the development of a smart meter gateway ready for series production.

Energy providers Vattenfall and RWE advise SPIDER consortium

With the energy providers Vattenfall, and RWE two of Germany‘s largest energy providers are advising the consortium. Top priority here is the exchange between the developers and the lead technicians of the energy supply companies. Both Vattenfall and RWE have already run extensive field tests for communication in access technology, and thus have important knowledge which is now available to the SPIDER consortium. Furthermore, both companies intend to carry out complete testing on the SPIDER smart meter gateway prototype in real-world applications.

Design phase concluded successfully

The objective of the SPIDER consortium is the development of a smart meter gateway which fulfils all the requirements of a forward-looking energy network. This includes conformity with BSI protection profiles BSI-CC-PP-0073 and BSI TR-03109, as well as fulfilment of the requirements of the FNN specifications, and the functional and regulatory requirements according to PTB-A 50.7 and PTB-A 50.8 concerning weights and measures. Now that the functional specifications for the smart meter gateway have been successfully defined and reviewed, the development of the hardware and software begins.

Application for BSI certification

To obtain the important BSI certification, the SPIDER consortium has submitted the final development plan of its smart meter gateway to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Certification is expected to be granted quickly, since continuous dialogue has been maintained with the BSI throughout the development phase.

Leading companies, research institutes, colleges and universities form the SPIDER consortium

The SPIDER project is being supported by leading colleges and universities, research institutes and companies from the energy and IT industries. It is split into eight areas represented by their corresponding specialists. DECOIT, IS-Bremen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) are responsible for system analysis and security architecture, system design and implementation as well as trusted communication. Responsibility for system integration and power line communications (PLC) lies in the hands of devolo AG. The areas of ergonomics and user acceptance, BSI certification, field testing, and process integration are handled by the project partners datenschutz cert and the University of Siegen.