Project Description

The project's "Intelligent light sensing for next-generation smart grids" (LightSense) primary objective is to respond in a holistic way to the energy efficiency, continuity and security needs of power distribution networks within Cyprus, regarding timely fault prevention and intrusion detection.
The extensive goals are to:

  1. Exploit the optical sensing capabilities of the existing optical fibre, on-grid network, to enable the remote and automated, continuous, and timely monitoring of the grid infrastructure integrity of the principal energy supplier within Cyprus;
  2. Extract critical information, such as the locations of transmission inefficiencies, such as hot-spots, and provide predictive information regarding the emergence and location of possible faults, in order to ensure reliability and continuity of supply;
  3. Address the lack of informed policy with regard to issues of security and reliability in the context of actively monitoring future smart grids at the operations level, in real-time
  4. Monitor unmanned or unsupervised critical infrastructure to prevent unauthorised interference and access.



  • Funding source: Project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation 
  • Project Title: Intelligent light sensing for next generation smart grids
  • Project acronym: LightSense
  • Project Code: INTEGRATED /0918/0031
  • Duration: 36 months
    • 1 June 2020 - 31 May 2023
  • Total Budget:  € 1.043.800
  • CCS Budget:  € 48.000


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