Designing Privacy-Preserving Smart Meters with Low-Cost Microcontrollers

Provided by: University of Massachusetts
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Smart meters that track ne-grained electricity usage and implement sophisticated usage-based billing policies, e.g., based on time-of-use, are a key component of recent smart grid initiatives that aim to increase the electric grid's efficiency. A key impediment to widespread smart meter deployment is that ne-grained usage data indirectly reveals detailed information about consumer behavior, such as when occupants are home, when they have guests or their eating and sleeping patterns. Recent paper proposes cryptographic solutions that enable sophisticated billing policies without leaking information.

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