Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Second Advisor

Dr. Weidong Kuang

Third Advisor

Dr. Wenjie Dong


The communication process is the key that characterizes the modern concept of smart grid, a new technology that introduced a “two-way communication” in energy measurement systems and can be best represented through the smart meters. Hence, the goal of smart metering communication is to ensure a secure and reliable transmission of information that can only be accessed by end users and energy supplying companies. With the goal of improving the information security in smart energy grids, the research presented in this work focused on studying different advanced metering infrastructure communication protocols and, it showcases a series of experiments performed on smart meters to evaluate their defenses against a set of cybersecurity attacks. A small-scale simulation of a smart metering system was performed in the cybersecurity laboratory in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley; and specialized software applications were developed to retrieve data in real time. Our experimental results demonstrated that security attacks have a considerable impact on the communication aspect of smart meters. This could help making smart meter manufacturing companies aware of the dangers caused by cyber-attacks and develop robust defenses against security attacks and enhance overall efficiency and reliability of the smart grid power delivery.


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