The California ISO uses Dispersive™ CISDN to secure direct telemetry throughout its service area. The ISO plans to test the platform's use for other SCADA streams, including metering, ICCP and phasor data.
"Most methods of transporting SCADA data rely on technology that's at least 20 years old," explains Dispersive Technologies CEO Robert W. Twitchell. "These methods don't scale easily, are difficult to manage and are expensive. They no longer can meet the demands of a power industry that continues to regionalize to accommodate users and distributed renewable generation facilities."
The Dispersive™ CISDN delivers secure, reliable and resilient telemetry, metering, ICCP and phasing over the Internet. Generating units and load participants can now securely connect to the grid in weeks, not months, using any single or combination of cost-effective public Internet connections.
The network's ability to split data into independent packet streams and transmit them down multiple paths provides numerous advantages over current SCADA networks. These include session layer packet dispersion, dynamic encryption, network segmentation by participant and device, off-network and two-factor authentication, and routing around denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Twitchell adds that Dispersive™ CISDN also eliminates a time-consuming headache for electric companies.
"Network administration is a constant challenge for power companies," Twitchell says. "Networks based on MPLS, VPN and IPSec technologies are difficult to set up and configure. Routing rules are incredibly complex. PKI certificates are cumbersome and costly to maintain. And network administrators have to be on top of it 24/7. As a fully managed service, Dispersive™ CISDN eliminates or minimizes those challenges, including eliminating the need for PKI certificates."
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About Dispersive Technologies, Inc.
Dispersive Technologies delivers software-defined solutions that virtualize routing and data storage for IP-based networks. Their virtualized routing platform delivers data with speed, security and reliability – and does it across standards-based IP networks. Their storage solution securely stores at-rest data and moves it dynamically within the virtualized environment. When recalled or queried, data delivery is quick, secure and reliable. Together, these platforms enable organizations to perform more efficiently. They extend software-defined networking to an elastic WAN edge and make the Internet fast, secure and reliable. To learn more, visit www.dispersivetechnologies.com.
About California Independent System Operator
The California ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to one of the largest power grids in the world. The vast network of high-voltage transmission power lines is supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive grid planning. Partnering with about a hundred clients, the nonprofit public benefit corporation is dedicated to the continual development and reliable operation of a modern grid that operates for the benefit of consumers. Recognizing the importance of the global climate challenge, the ISO is at the forefront of integrating renewable power and advanced technologies that will help meet a sustainable energy future efficiently and cleanly. To learn more, visit http://www.caiso.com.
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