As the nation’s electrical power grid becomes more interconnected through the Internet, the risks of cyber attacks are also increasing. Errin Fulp, Wake Forest University professor of computer science at, reports he is training an army of “digital ants” to release into the power grid to locate computer viruses trying to infiltrate the system. Unlike traditional static security approaches, digital ants roam computer networks looking for threats. When it finds one, it summons an army of ants to converge at that location, drawing the attention of human operators to investigate.
GE is acquiring FMC-Tech, which provides real-time power line monitoring to accelerate the commercialization of power grid technology. Based in Ireland, FMC-Tech participated in GE’s 2010 ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid. The acquisition is expected to be completed in July.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), which provides performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition enhances SAIC’s energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company’s existing capabilities.
Infrax Systems is supplying the wireless broadband infrastructure that will enhance security and communication measures on the Island of Bermuda. The infrastructure will be comprised of approximately forty-five Infrax, TMAX 2000 modular base-station routers that will be used for multiple services including wireless Internet access for the residents and visitors.
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has signed an agreement with Efacec Advanced Control Systems (Efacec ACS), to provide next-generation Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) products to NRTC’s rural electric cooperative members.
SUBNET Solutions Inc. has announced the 2010 annual SUBNET User Group Conference will be held October 24-28 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference highlights substation and power system advancements, technological innovation, and the continued development of the North American power systems.
SUBNET Solutions, Inc. (SUBNET) has announced the upgraded release of SubSTATION Server 2, a multi-function software application that performs data concentration, protocol translation, automation logic, event file collection and enterprise connectivity. SUBNET’s flagship product serves electrical utilities focused on smart grid initiatives by helping SCADA and substation engineers reliably and securely manage vast amounts of substation data.