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Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) has announced the launch of its new SecureSmart managed security service (MSS), a field area network (FAN) intrusion detection and independent monitoring solution for electric utility advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation (DA).

Offered as a managed service, the SecureSmart MSS enables utilities to quickly overlay a wireless intrusion detection solution on top of their existing infrastructure, according to ACS. Using a probe-based architecture to intercept over-the-air FAN communications, the SecureSmart MSS provides utilities with 24/7 monitoring of FAN traffic and detection of anomalous network and node behavior.

ACS notes that the first deployment of its SecureSmart MSS is currently under way in California; the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is utilizing the solution as  part of the utility’s U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant projects.



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