Telecommunication Networks

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In this chapter, we look into the role of telecommunication networks and their capability of supporting critical infrastructure systems and applications. The focus is on smart grids as the key driving example, bearing in mind that other such systems do exist, e.g., water management, traffic control, etc. First, the role of basic communication is examined with a focus on critical infrastructures. We look at heterogenic networks and standards for smart grids, to give some insight into what has been done to ensure inter-operability in this direction. We then go to the physical network, and look at the deployment of the physical layout of the communication network and the related costs. This is an important aspect as one option to use existing networks is to deploy dedicated networks. Following this, we look at some generic models that describe reliability for accessing dynamic information. This part illustrates how protocols can be reconfigured to fulfil reliability requirements, as an important part of providing reliable data access to the critical applications running over the network. Thereafter, we take a look at the security of the network, by looking at a framework that describes the digital threats to the critical infrastructure. Finally, before our conclusions and outlook, we give a brief overview of some key activities in the field and what research directions are currently investigated.
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In this chapter, we look into the role of telecommunication networks and their capability of supporting critical infrastructure systems and applications. The focus is on smart grids as the key driving example, bearing in mind that other such systems do exist, e.g., water management, traffic control, etc. First, the role of basic communication is examined with a focus on critical infrastructures. We look at heterogenic networks and standards for smart grids, to give some insight into what has been done to ensure inter-operability in this direction. We then go to the physical network, and look at the deployment of the physical layout of the communication network and the related costs. This is an important aspect as one option to use existing networks is to deploy dedicated networks. Following this, we look at some generic models that describe reliability for accessing dynamic information. This part illustrates how protocols can be reconfigured to fulfil reliability requirements, as an important part of providing reliable data access to the critical applications running over the network. Thereafter, we take a look at the security of the network, by looking at a framework that describes the digital threats to the critical infrastructure. Finally, before our conclusions and outlook, we give a brief overview of some key activities in the field and what research directions are currently investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Computational Intelligence : Intelligent Monitoring, Control, and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems
EditorsElias Kyriakides, Marios Polycarpou
Number of pages33
Volume565
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date15 Sep 2014
Pages67-100
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)978-3-662-44159-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-44160-2
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
SeriesStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN1860-949X
ID: 209616816