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Intelligent Light Sensing For Next Generation Smart Grids

The overarching goal of LightSense is to provide a holistic solution to improving the efficiency, reliability, continuity and security of the electricity grid under the framework of smart grid technologies. Our solution relies on real-time collection of sensor data, where the sensor is the existing optical fibre network, and smart inferential analytics leveraging state-of-the-art machine learning capabilities. In collaboration with the principal energy distributor of Cyprus (the Electricity Authority of Cyprus – EAC), we will develop essential hardware and software tools that synergistically allow for automated monitoring and timely detection of failures, inefficiencies and potential threats, in a seamless manner that is minimally invasive to the grid. The ground-breaking nature of our smart sensing solution completely obviates the need for any physical interaction with the power transmission lines.

The Project LightSense (INTEGRATED/0918/0031) is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.