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Daniel Burch advances case for resilient timing in smart grids at WSTS 2024

Event will investigate efforts to augment satellite-based timing solutions with technology that assures the delivery of positioning navigation and timing data when GNSS is unavailable

  • Speakers: Daniel Burch, senior manager, business development, sales, Oscilloquartz, Adtran; Chris Cooper, network operations engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Topics: Department of Energy strategy for resilient synchronization of smart grids
  • When: Wednesday, May 8, 11:25 a.m. PDT
  • Where: Workshop on synchronization and timing systems (WSTS) 2024, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, California, USA

Smart grids often acquire precise timing data from GNSS satellites. However, signals are weak and unencrypted, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks. In response to threats to smart grid timing accuracy, the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to create guidelines for achieving timing and synchronization redundancy in the nation’s smart grids.

In this session, Daniel Burch and Chris Cooper will spotlight efforts to make smart grid timing more robust and resilient. They will examine alternative timing sources such as multi-source combiners, LEO satellites and ePRTC technology and explain the efficacy of different technologies while also reviewing deployment strategies, taking into account factors such as cost and operational needs.