The RASSA Initiative – Defining a Reference Architecture for Secure Smart Grids in Austria

  • Marcus Meisel
  • Angela Berger
  • Lucie Langer
  • Markus Litzlbauer
  • Georg Kienesberger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9424)


The goal of the Reference Architecture for Secure Smart Grids in Austria (RASSA) initiative is to design and establish a technical reference architecture specification in coordination with all relevant stakeholders. This goal is realized across multiple projects. This paper first motivates the need for developing a coordinated smart grids reference architecture for Austria involving all relevant actors, such as infrastructure operators, manufacturers, and public agencies. After a description of most prominent international reference architecture efforts, first results on how to develop a reference architecture serving as a blueprint for further smart grids solutions is described. Necessary coordination and communication efforts to achieve a nationally accepted and internationally aligned process are described. The paper closes with an outlook on a practical application of the principles defined in order to meet stakeholder requirements through target-group-specific involvement.


Smart Grid Relevant Stakeholder Reference Architecture Smart Grid Technology Stakeholder Requirement 
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This paper is based on findings of the project Initiative Referenz-architektur Sichere Smart Grids Austria – Projekt RASSA-Prozess, which was commissioned by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund as part of the 1st Call Stadt der Zukunft in the topic Smart Grids Reference Architecture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Meisel
    • 1
  • Angela Berger
    • 2
  • Lucie Langer
    • 3
  • Markus Litzlbauer
    • 1
  • Georg Kienesberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität WienViennaAustria
  2. 2.Technologieplattform Smart Grids AustriaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Digital Safety and Security DepartmentAIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHViennaAustria

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