Cross Cutting Track

There are numerous issues that cut across multiple smart grid domains and topics – that is, they are important and relevant to almost every aspect of interoperability standards and smart grid systems and applications. Many of these issues are identified in the GWAC Context-Setting Framework (the GWAC Stack) but also include other issues such as conformance and interoperability testing, risk management, safety and system reliability. The ten GWAC Stack Cross-Cutting Issues are:
  • Shared meaning of Content (Semantics);
  • Resource Identification;
  • Time Synchronization and Sequencing;
  • Security and Privacy;
  • Logging and Auditing;
  • Transaction and State Management;
  • System Preservation; Quality of Service;
  • Discovery and Configuration;
  • System Evolution and Scalability. 
The GWAC SGIMM Work Group combined these Cross-Cutting Issues into three main categories: Configuration and Evolution; Operation and Performance; and Security and Safety. The focus in this track is to further the community debate and understanding of how these issues impact and interact with the interoperability goals of the GWAC Stack.
  • SGIMM and GWAC crosscutting issues:  Bringing to the smart grid community the lessons learned to date and the results of developing maturity metrics based on the Cross-Cutting Issues.  This area will show the complexity and many dimensions that go into achieving interoperability among smart grid participants in a community required to interoperate at multiple levels in regional or local electricity markets, balancing authorities, generation regions or other technical and business requirements that bring multiple participants together.

  • Security:  Much is made of cyber-security these days but how can we separate the reality from the hype of consultants and vendors with vested interests in selling services and products to “secure” the grid and its components? More importantly, how can interoperability standards be “cyber-secured” in design and development rather than have security added to an inherently insecure standard design?

  • End-to-End Interoperability Testing:  While the proper interoperability testing for products based on a specific smart grid standard is a critical building block for system interoperability, how do you address interoperability for systems that include components in differing smart grid domains and/or incorporate components based on multiple standards, either in one product or across the system?

  • Risk Assessment and Management for Interoperability Standard Interfaces:  In the real world, organizations take risks every time they agree to have a technology interface with another organization. The risks can be business risk (failure of an interface to transmit correct, timely information); security risk (opening a possible intrusion portal to your own systems); privacy risk (inadvertent theft of consumer information); quality risk (deterioration of service if a partner’s system is slow to respond or drops key data), etc. Consider the advantages and challenges of "privacy-by-design" compared to adding privacy features to an existing system. "Privacy-by-design" integrates privacy considerations into all aspects of a smart grid while the grid elements are being developed.

  • System Evolution:  The industry has been talking about the interoperation of smart grid technologies for several years. We are now starting to see implementations of smart systems that interoperate with existing or legacy systems. How are systems evolving to allow for the implementation of some smart grid technologies while allowing legacy systems to coexist that have useful life remaining and yet achieve the benefits of interoperability? How are decisions being made to replace legacy systems with smarter, more interoperable systems in a cost effective manner? Real life examples of decision making processes used by utilities to implement interoperable systems.


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  • Submission open: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 to Sunday, July 22, 2012
  • Authors notified: August 27
  • Papers due: October 12
  • Comments to authors: November 10
  • Final papers due: November 24