Availability Study of the Italian Electricity SCADA System in the Cloud

  • Stefano SebastioEmail author
  • Antonio Scala
  • Gregorio D’Agostino
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10242)


Recently, the allure of the cloud is also affecting the SCADA systems. Cloud-based commercial solutions to manage small private SCADA systems are spreading, while the utilities are still evaluating the cloud adoption. For electric utility companies, reasons for moving in the cloud can be traced to the need of storing, accessing and analyzing a huge amount of records collected from their new smart meters, and managing grid-connected small-scale decentralized energy generation from renewable sources. Moreover, the cloud allows an easy and affordable deploy of monitor dashboards, populated with accurate consumption data, accessible at anytime from anywhere, directly to the customers’ smartphones. On the other hand, cloud poses fears on security, privacy and system downtime. In this work, we focus on the latter aspect analyzing the availability of the SCADA system managing the Italian power transmission network for different possible adoptions of the cloud.


Network availability Power grid Power transmission SCADA system 



Research partially supported by the EU through the HOME/2013/CIPS/AG/4000005013 project CI2C. AS thanks CNR-PNR National Project Crisis-Lab and EU FET project DOLFINS nr 640772 for support. The contents of the paper do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of funding parties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Sebastio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonio Scala
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gregorio D’Agostino
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.LIMS London Institute of Mathematical SciencesLondonUK
  2. 2.ISC-CNRSapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly
  3. 3.ENEA, CR “Casaccia”RomeItaly

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