Energy security firm receives patent for EV grid protection technology

As the electric vehicle usage becomes increasingly popular around the world and cyber-attack vectors on energy networks expand, Nation-E said that it identified a grid weakness caused by the vehicle usage.

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May 1, 2014 21:29
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Herzliya-based energy security firm Nation-E has received a patent from the Israel Patent Office for technology aiming to combat vulnerabilities in electric-vehicle charging grids.

As electric-vehicle usage becomes increasingly popular around the world and cyber-attack vectors on energy networks expand, Nation-E said it has identified a grid weakness caused by the vehicle usage.

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Called a “Real-Time System and Method for Tracking, Locating and Recharging Electric Vehicles in Transit,” their technology to contend with this vulnerability has already been granted patents in Germany and China and is patent- pending in the United States.

“With the growing share of plug-in hybrid cars and electric cars and the rollout of smart metering and smart grids, new challenges need to be addressed,” Nation-E president and founder Daniel Jammer said. “From an energy cyber-security perspective, an electric car is part of the Internet of Things and so is equivalent to an end device in an IT network. The same challenges facing an IT network face the energy grid.”

The newly patented technology enables fast charging for electric vehicles, while making use of a “Bank of Energy” software system that serves as a buffer to protect the grid from infringement, the company said.

Established by Jammer in 2010, Nation-E focuses on optimizing energy production, with a focus on energy cyber security, storage systems and risk management solutions.

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