LightSense Project

Project LightSense - Intelligent light sensing for next generation smart grids
Project Number  INTEGRATED/0918/0031
Investigator(s) Leading Partner: Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
Algolysis PI: Dr. Nicolas Nicolaou
Funding Restart 2020
Research and Innovation Fountation (RIF)
June 2020 - May 2023
Type Research Grant
Status Completed
Summary The project's primary objective is to respond in a holistic way to the energy efficiency, continuity, and security needs of power distribution networks within Cyprus, regarding timely fault prevention and intrusion detection.

The extensive goals are to:

  1. Exploit the optical sensing capabilities of the existing optical fiber, on-grid network, to enable the remote and automated, continuous, and timely monitoring of the grid infrastructure integrity of the principal energy supplier within Cyprus;
  2. Extract critical information, such as the locations of transmission inefficiencies, such as hot-spots, and provide predictive information regarding the emergence and location of possible faults, in order to ensure reliability and continuity of supply;
  3. Address the lack of informed policy with regard to issues of security and reliability in the context of actively monitoring future smart grids at the operations level, in real-time;
  4. Monitor unmanned or unsupervised critical infrastructure to prevent unauthorised interference and access.


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