INTEGRIS (INTElligent GRId Sensor communications)

The INTEGRIS project, INTelligent Electrical GRId Sensor communications, aims to design and develop a solid and flexible telecomunitaction infrastructure that is able to obtain and handle in an efficient way and in real time all the information that the new smart electrical grids will require.

The project, which has a duration of 36 months and a budget close to 5 million Euros – more than 60% of this amount is subsidized by the European Commission- allows the “optimum management” of the electrical supply and demand, as well as minimizing the losses in the network, improving the administration of the assets and making it easier to operate the network.
1.- The development of a low-cost deployment infrastructure.
2.- The analysis of distributed systems techniques.
3.- The viability of the usage of cognitive systems.

The electrical grids, the sensor networks and the telecommunication networks share more characteristics than is usually known. The communication part of the INTEGRIS project is focused on the SmartGrids and aims to specify an integrated framework for the communication that is independent to the technology used. The technologies in which this project is based off are: Power Line Communications (PLC), Wireless Sensors Networks (WSN) and Radio Frequency Identifiers (RFID). This platform will supply network redundancy to the PLC communication network through WSN, allowing, at the same time, the access to the sensors and, all of this, maintaining a close relationship with the SmartGrids. Another objective of this platform is making easier the management of the network without forgetting other subjects as important to telematics as: QoS, routing or security.

In this way, the clients would be able to know how much the electricity they are using is costing at this very same moment. This would make them able to decide when it is more affordable or convenient to consume and, on the other hand, the electrical companies would improve the managing of the system that would result in a better reliability of the supply. Because of this, one of the key points of this project is developing a low-cost infrastructure to deploy that uses as a mean of transmission the electrical wire that is already deployed, using technologies that are usually used in the wireless sensors networks. These networks have key characteristics as the absence of cables and their low energy consumption.

Moreover, the investigation has studied the possibility of developing a system that is able to learn from its environment and make itself more and more independent and reliable.

Together with Endesa (The project coordinator), are part of the consortium other companies as Indra, Marvel, Schneider Electric, Current Technologies International, ILight and A2A Reti Elettriche, as well as Fundació Universitat i Tecnologia (La Salle) and the Tampere University of Technology.