Design and implementation of a Prototype for a Secure Billing Framework with Real Time Detection of Malicious End Node Connections using Wireless Sensor Networks to Curb Electricity Theft

With the advent of wireless sensors and data aggregators the data collection and autonomous wireless monitoring has become easier. The VLSI technology is progressing fast to provide more and more computational resources. Instead of having typical procedures for meter reading, data collection and billing which is a time consuming and cumbersome phenomenon in terms of its susceptibility to errors and fraud, we are proposing an automatic system for theft detection and control, data collection and control, and finally an efficient and intelligent billing mechanism to avoid all the inappropriate, inefficient and error prone procedures.

National ICT R&D Fund 

SNo Elapsed Time Milestone Deliverables
1 3 months (Phase-1)
M1.2: Completion of Literature Review

D1.1: Detailed literature review of all the problems and solutions in process, proposed and abandoned for Electricity theft
2 3 months
M1.3: Formulate the general design specifications

D1.2: A high level overview of design guidelines and specifications for the proposed system. A report describing in details various structural elements with the desired specification for the proposed system

3 6 months (Phase-2)
M2.1: Summarize the relevant and most important operational methods for theft detection in Pakistan
M2.3: Complete the performance comparison of existing solutions and finalize results

D2.1: Summary of applicable operational methods to alleviate electricity theft in Pakistan and produce a report on performance comparison of existing solutions with detailed results
4 6 months (Phase-2)
M2.2: Define the methodology for theft detection and violation control
M2.4: Finalize the algorithm design guidelines/specifications and the database architecture M2.5: Finalize the Communication network, scheduling algorithm and the Protocol design architecture
M2.6: Finalize the testbed for Power Line and Wireless Communication

D2.2: Define various design parameters and produce a sketch of the overall design for software, Hardware, Communication network, Scheduling algorithms, Protocol design and testbed for Power Line and Wireless Communication.
5 9 months (Phase-3)
M3.1: Complete the Decision/Control module configuration and interfacing.
M3.3: Develop, finalize and test a fully working database

D3.1: A Design Specification Document describing the key design parameters and high-level architectural block diagram, developed database design, architecture (ERDs, LUTs, Queries etc) and performance (average query time)
6 12 months (Phase-3)
M3.2: Finalize the development of algorithm
M3.4: Finalize the design and Implementation of SM, AM and RDC hardware modules
M3.5: Implementation of Software

D3.2: Design specifications and prelimenary performance evaluation of the developed SM, AM and RDC modules, Software connected with database for data management and control and production of the desired interface. Detailed specifications/guidelines, and prelimenary performance evaluation using a simulation tool of each algorithm individually D3.9: Individual modules and benchmark testing laboratory setups will be demonstrated.

7 15 months

D3.3: Literature review and optimal design of various modules will also be documented and submitted
D3.4: Detailed Firmware architecture design document including required modifications at the system/stream level and selected algorithms at module level. Report on the details of subsequent R&D work including what type of experimentation will be done, details of test setup, testing procedure, performance measurement and benchmarking method.

8 18 months M3.6: Finalize Protocol design guidelines
M3.7: Finalize Communication network Configuration and data management setup
M3.8: Finalize Wireless/ Power Line communication testbench Module
D3.5 : Cost effective topology formation algorithms
D3.6 : Priority scheduling to filter and sort relevant data in order to deal with large chunks of data that can choke the available bandwidth and processing ability of relevant modules
D3.7: Experimental testing of power line communication using existing transmission lines in presence of high line losses to achieve suitable data rates.

9 18 months (Phase-3)
M3.9: Documentation of all the work done during this phase

D3.8: A report describing software design procedure and relational database diagram will be produced
D3.9: Individual modules and benchmark testing laboratory setups will be demonstrated.

10 21 months (Phase-4)
M4.1: Successful connectivity of individual modules

D4.1: A document containing the detailed design specifications of individual modules, its testing, results and analysis will be produced and submitted.
11 21 months (Phase-4)
M4.2: Finalize performance optimization

D4.2: Updated Design Document and performance analysis of the existing software and hardware design and integrated module will be presented.
12 21 months (Phase-4)
M4.3: Finalize benchmarking tests
D4.3: Based on the analysis the proposed design map will be documented and submitted
D4.4: Integrating system will be demonstrated and field testing results will be documented and submitted to ICT R & D Fund

13 22 months (Phase-5)
M5.1: Finalize project documentation
D5.1: A comprehensive manual and project report with example configurations and testing scenarios
D5.2: Final version of optimized software with documentation, Implemented hardware, Design document, research papers, System up gradation and patent document will be submitted D5.3: The final integrated system along with User’s Manual and System Requirements along with IP transfer will be delivered to the ICT R & D Fund
D5.4: Results of the system implemented in Professor’s Colony, Peshawar will also be delivered in the form of field testing results.