Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time

Merit Smart Grid Analytics

ISGADA: Integrated Smart Grid Analytics for Detecting Anomalies

This repository holds the source code for the tools and programs used by the research team at Merit Network, Inc., in their development of the smart-grid anomaly detection tool known as ISGADA. For more information about the ISGADA project, you can read our paper.

Fellow researchers are free to use the tools provided to test their own data and to check our work. We only ask that you follow the guidelines of our license.


These tools are intended to run on a Raspberry Pi (model 2B or newer) running Raspbian Jessie. For instructions on how to set up a Raspberry Pi from scratch, see this document (TODO). Once the Pi has been set up, you can initialize all python dependencies and install the Razberry software on the Pi by running the script:

sudo ./

In order to collect data using Razberry, you will also need to purchase a few Z-Wave sensors and include them in your network; instructions on how to do this can be found on the Razberry website.


There are two main analysis tools in this repository: and The program collects data from a network of sensors and runs real-time analysis, and runs the same analysis on saved data in CSV format.

The Algorithm

The following is a brief description of the algorithm that is used in the analysis:

Periodically (for example, once every minute), the program gathers data about the house such as temperature, humidity, etc. as well as the total power used during that minute. After a certain amount of data has been collected (the "training window," for example 1000 measurements), the program trains a prediction model based on the previous data. Then, using this model, it tries to predict what the power measurement should be based on incoming data. An anomaly is detectd when the actual power usage and the predicted usage differ by some statistically significant margin. The model is then retrained periodically with new data (the "training period").

Running the Scripts

This program collects data from a network of Z-Wave sensors using the Razberry software by Z-Way. Once you have installed the software and included your sensors in the network, you can begin to collect data by running the following on the Pi:

./ localhost -o

The -o flag tells the program to only collect data and not to run the analysis. This will automatically save the data in a CSV file for later use. You can also run this command remotely from any computer on the same network by replacing "localhost" with the IP or hostname of the Pi.

If you are running version 2.0.0 or newer of the Z-Way Server software, you may require authentication to access the server. You can do this by running the following command: localhost -u my_username -p my_password

NOTE: In order to run the analysis, the "get_power" function in must be implemented! There is currently no standardized way of measuring this power data, so we leave it up to the user to fill this in.

To run the full analysis, you can run the following command:

./ localhost -f <SETTINGS_FILE>

Here, SETTINGS_FILE is a JSON-formatted file containing some important analysis paramters:

  • granularity - frequency with which data is collected, in seconds (recommended between 15 and 120)
  • training_window - amount of data used to train on (time = training_window * granularity)
  • training_interval - number of samples between training sessions (time = training_period * granularity)
  • auto_regression - number of auto-regressive features (past power values)
  • ema_alpha - hyper-parameter beteen 0.0 and 1.0, performs a moving average on samples
  • severity_omega - hyper-parameter between 0.0 and 1.0, moving average of z-scores
  • severity_lambda - hyper-parameter, threshold of z-scores which indicates an anomaly

To ignore these parameters and use the default values, the -f flag can be omitted. Once the analysis starts, it will continue to collect data until it has enough to train the model, at which point it will start making predictions. These predictions, as well as the target values and an anomaly alert flag (boolean) is saved to a separate CSV file.

Similar to, this program runs the analysis software except on previously collected data. This allows the user to try different combinations of hyperparameters or modify the data in other ways. It can be run as follows:


Here, INFILE is the name of the input CSV file, and OUTFILE is the name of the results file that will be created. The settings are handled in the same way as, except that the granularity parameter is ignored.

Once you have collected data and run your analysis, you can visualize the results using the grapher program. To start it, simply run as: ./

The grapher has a graphical interface that allows you to choose which results file to plot as well as change some of the characteristics:

  • Start Date and End Date - change the range of data being displayed
  • Smooth data (minutes) - smooth out noisy data to help reveal overall trend
  • Show anomalies (minutes) - show regions where alerts were raised by the algorithm
  • Update Graph - apply changes and update the plot

You can use the toolbar to navigate, and clicking the Save button (floppy disk icon) will allow you to save your plot as an image file.


This repository is currently maintained by the research team at Merit Network, Inc. If you would like to contribute to the project, please submit a pull request and we will review your additions accordingly.


Tools and programs for testing the Smart Grid anomaly detection algorithm







No releases published


No packages published

Contributors 4