Context-awareness and the smart grid: Requirements and challenges

Donohoe, Michael and Jennings, Brendan and Balasubramaniam, Sasitharan (2015) Context-awareness and the smart grid: Requirements and challenges. Computer Networks, 79. 263 - 282. ISSN 13891286

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New intelligent power grids (smart grids) will be an essential way of improving efficiency in power supply and power consumption, facilitating the use of distributed and renewable resources on the supply side and providing consumers with a range of tailored services on the consumption side. The delivery of efficiencies and advanced services in a smart grid will require both a comprehensive overlay communications network and flexible software platforms that can process data from a variety of sources, especially electronic sensor networks. Parallel developments in autonomic systems, pervasive computing and context-awareness (relating in particular to data fusion, context modelling, and semantic data) could provide key elements in the development of scalable smart grid data management systems and applications that utilise a multi-technology communications network. This paper describes: (1) the communications and data management requirements of the emerging smart grid, (2) state-of-the-art techniques and systems for context-awareness and (3) a future direction towards devising a context-aware middleware platform for the smart grid, as well as associated requirements and challenges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Context-awareness, Smart grid, Sensor networks, Middleware
Departments or Groups: Walton Institute for Information and Communications Systems Science
Depositing User: Michael Donohoe
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 16:01
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 16:01

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