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MIA: Methodology for Interdependence Assessment

The MIA project represented the first real attempt to provide infrastructure owners and policy makers with a methodology to quantify the interdependence between electricity and ICT infrastructures.

Project dates 31/12/2007 - 30/06/2010
Total budget€517 000
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) (Italy)
Project Partners
  • ERSE – ENEA Research on the Electrical System (Italy)
  • Booz & Company (Italy)
  • Terna (Italy)
  • TELECOM Italia (Italy)
  • ENEL – National Agency for Electricity (Italy)

Project Description

Existing approaches to the management of large electric and ICT infrastructures were not sufficient to cope with the complexity of such systems. The methodology developed by the MIA project assesses the interdependencies between them.

Three different approaches were defined, based on the available data: when very poor data is available, the topological approach (based on graph theory) is employed; when some technical physical data is available, the functional analysis (theory of systems) is used; when full information is available, the simulation approach is preferred.

Benefits and results

The project established a general framework to define and assess the interdependencies between electric and ICT systems. Since the application of the methodology, there has been progress in the definition of the topological dependence indices. In particular, the spectral analysis has provided a means to define an index measuring the relevance of the difference nodes with respect to how far they can be synchronised.

Progress on the analytical approach has seen the first steps taken towards introducing communication components to the modelling of the electric system by means of the “theory of systems”.

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