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NIST Updates Interoperability, Cybersecurity Guidelines for Smart Grid Tech

power gridThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new framework that aims to help utilities modernize electric power systems as well as develop interoperable smart grid equipment.

NIST said Wednesday 3.0 of its Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards manual contains 74 protocols and strategies, including seven measures not found in release 2.0.

The publication includes an updated reference architecture model to give industry an idea on how fundamental smart grid elements can connect and communicate.

Another protocol seeks to help engineers implement synchrophasors to track electricity flow at various points and improve the infrastructure’s stability and efficiency, according to NIST.

The agency also revised its Guidelines for Smart Grid Cybersecurity to include new sections regarding testing, certification, cyber-physical threats and privacy regulations.

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