Overview

The TASQC (Timing Authentication Secured by Quantum Correlations) project is seeking input from individuals within the U.S. power industry with an interest in making the U.S. power grid safer and more secure from cyber- and physical-attacks.

A key goal of the TASQC project is to develop authenticated encrypted time signals that mitigate known vulnerabilities in GPS-based time. In 2012, Dr. Todd Humphreys of University of Texas Austin and a lead contributor on the TASQC project, gave a TEDx Talk on the vulnerabilities of GPS

The project includes a series of objectives designed to advance the technology from early conceptual stages to a robust and reliable technology for the power system. Specifically, the project aims to:
  • Develop and demonstrate a secure time distribution system using quantum-correlated signals over geographically wide area;
  • Develop and demonstrate protocols for time-stamp authentication for data reported from power systems;
  • Expand capability of the developed infrastructure for secure authentication of broadcast messages;
  • Evaluate the system for cyber- and physical-vulnerabilities;
  • Partner with industry to develop timing requirements for power systems and to refine design of system and protocols.
In order for the project team to develop the TASQC technology with direct applicability to the energy grid, we need input on the following topics. The project team are also looking for an industry test facility to characterize the TASQC prototype system in a real-world environment.

I respectfully request your assistance for the TASQC project by both answering the questions in this brief study, and distributing it amongst your colleagues in the electric power industry.

Sincerely,

Phil Evans, Ph.D.
TASQC Principle Investigator
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(evanspg@ornl.gov)

Do you have equipment that requires synchronized and precise clock signals? If yes, what? (select all that apply)

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* 1. Do you have equipment that requires synchronized and precise clock signals? If yes, what? (select all that apply)

Where do you obtain your clock signals for the above application(s)?

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* 2. Where do you obtain your clock signals for the above application(s)?

Would a trusted, secure time source that YOU control (non-GPS based) be of interest to you?

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* 3. Would a trusted, secure time source that YOU control (non-GPS based) be of interest to you?

Do you have your own licensed RF/microwave band?

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* 4. Do you have your own licensed RF/microwave band?

If 'yes' to Q4, what is the frequency and bandwidth of your licensed RF/microwave band? What power do you typically transmit at?

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* 5. If 'yes' to Q4, what is the frequency and bandwidth of your licensed RF/microwave band? What power do you typically transmit at?

What communications do you typically use RF for?

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* 6. What communications do you typically use RF for?

Do you have a fiber optic network with links less than 100 miles?

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* 7. Do you have a fiber optic network with links less than 100 miles?

Do you have your own, or have access to, a test facility that includes: (a) optical fiber; (b) RF towers or mounting hardware; and (c) PMUs and/or other hardware that requires synchronized and precise time?

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* 8. Do you have your own, or have access to, a test facility that includes: (a) optical fiber; (b) RF towers or mounting hardware; and (c) PMUs and/or other hardware that requires synchronized and precise time?

Would it be possible to use your test facility and equipment to test the TASQC system?

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* 9. Would it be possible to use your test facility and equipment to test the TASQC system?

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