Togliatti Power Supply Company (TPSC), the regional electricity supplier for households and legal entities in the city of Togliatti, Russia, has connected "smart" electricity meters to AIMSCEM (Automated Information and Measuring System for Commercial Electricity Metering) for thousands of consumers in apartment buildings. However, to operate effectively, the system required protection from cyberthreats.
Softline (a licensee of FSTEC and FSS of Russia) has won an open tender for the development of a security system. The security equipment took was installed in several stages. First, the engineers configured the information security tools. In order to prevent theft at remote sites, protective equipment was mounted in special metal lockboxes with a set of various sensors. A special remote sensor monitoring device detects system opening or movement in online mode and monitors power supply, humidity, impact, etc. Video cameras were installed at each site for visual control.
Softline also secured the data transfer: all data (from video surveillance to information from meters and sensors) are sent through an encrypted communication channel. Softline specialists created a secure network within TPSC to protect the system. Thus, all traffic is encrypted as per GOST. Softline engineers also deployed additional security tools necessary for full compliance with federal and industry-specific information security requirements.
Finally, Softline specialists finalized the organizational and administrative documentation to formalize the system protection processes.
"Softline has handled the task perfectly. The smart metering system of TPSC is now fully protected and meets all the requirements of Russian law," said Denis Demidov, Head of the IT Division at Togliatti Power Supply Company.
"It is important to note that all components of the security system are made in Russia. Smart electricity metering systems are among the key elements of the country's power grid, so equipment, protection technologies, and contractors need to be chosen with special care. As a company experienced in such projects, Softline has paid special attention to these issues, and now we can say that the data of Togliatti smart meters are reliably protected," says Sergey Senyutin, Head of Cybersecurity Group in the Volga Federal District, Softline.