Secure real-time industrial IoT communications in smart grids using named data networking

Henry Hui*, James Grant, Kieran McLaughlin, David Laverty, Sakir Sezer

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This paper explores Named Data Networking (NDN) for secure Industrial IoT (IIoT) communications in smart grid applications. NDN is a next generation networking paradigm, which is data-centric and has the benefit of built-in security properties, such as data integrity. This work applies NDN to IEEE C37.118.2 PMU communications, as an example smart grid IIoT application, and proposes a new data-encapsulation approach for NDN for low latency data streaming. The proposed communication architecture allows sensor data streaming with a lower overhead compared to related work. Communications are demonstrated to be secured using a trust anchor which protects data integrity and provides data authentication, while supporting optional data encryption. The proposed solution represents IEEE C37.118.2 in a JSON format, which provides flexibility and facilitates application of the approach to different use cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2023
EditorsHelene Dörksen, Stefano Scanzio, Jurgen Jasperneite, Lukasz Wisniewski, Kim Fung Man, Thilo Sauter, Lucia Seno, Henning Trsek, Valeriy Vyatkin
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665493130
ISBN (Print)9781665493147
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2023
Event21st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics 2023 - Lemgo, Germany
Duration: 17 Jul 202320 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics: proceedings
ISSN (Print)1935-4576
ISSN (Electronic)2378-363X


Conference21st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics 2023
Abbreviated titleINDIN 2023
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  • Industrial-IoT (IIoT)
  • Named-data networking (NDN)
  • Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU)
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems


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