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  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Power Grids Meet Strong Networks

7:30am-8:00am

Mesquite D/E

Utilities today are facing a dramatic business and technological transformation leading to increased demand on their communications networks.  As utilities discover how future IoT and other Smart Grid applications will transform their business, traditional private wireless networks that typically support a single application are challenged. In many cases, Private LTE networks, which provide a unified communications platform for all services, can prove to be the optimal solution for utility operational technology applications, including Distribution SCADA, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Push-To-Talk and a Mobile Workforce.

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Capacity Drivers and Effective Networks

8:00am-8:30am

Mesquite D/E

Utility networks are going through massive transformations towards new applications and critical data. Many of these networks have been around for years and have adequately handled traffic demands, but as new services arise such as high definition security video and corporate data applications, so does the demand for capacity. This informative presentation describes capacity drivers for next generation utility networks and delves into detail about how to design these networks to meet the capacity need without sacrificing reliability or increasing cost. To do this we present capacity contributions from each service and offer guidelines for how to dimension networks for capacity to adequately handle these services and some factor of future growth.

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Aviat Networks

Leveraging Land Mobile Radio and Telecom Open Standards

8:35am-9:35am

Mesquite D/E

This presentation will review Mission Critical industry open standards. The convergence of technology and infrastructure is driving change. Wireless and land-based utility systems are required to evolve to improve safety and system reliability while managing cost. Operators of critical infrastructure operate a network of integrated systems of systems i.e. transport, Land Mobile Radio, voice and data applications. This system of systems has to operate cost-effectively daily but to be operational and functional during emergency and disaster conditions.

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Enhance Your Network Reliability and Visibility Through SDN Enabled Analytics

9:45am - 10:45am

Mesquite D/E

If your utility network could talk, what would it tell you? Would it detect faults? Re-route network traffic to prevent outages, and tell you the next morning what autonomous action was taken while you were sound asleep? Utilities are facing dual network challenges such as risking the migration of legacy SONET infrastructure to packet and an attrition of resources that support those legacy infrastructures. To counter these trends, utilities are looking to analytics solutions that provide greater network visibility and insights into the health of their networks to help smooth the transition from SONET to packet.  Although it sounds like science fiction, we’re close to this level of interaction with our networks. In fact, some of these capabilities are available right now, and the reason is the advent of big data analytics, machine learning, and eventually full-blown artificial intelligence.

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Bridging the Gap Between Existing Teleprotection Systems and the New Packet Switched Network

10am-11am

Mesquite D/E

Teleprotection, an electrical utility’s most critical application, poses challenging requirements,  especially when using Packet Switched Networks (PSNs). The performance of a power line protection system depends directly on the abilities of the communication network to transmit data fast, and reliably. The demanding requirements, that were fulfilled by TDM/SONET, need to be carefully reviewed when migrating to Packet Switched Networks (PSNs).  With all expertise in both Protection & Communication worlds, ABB will provide valuable information of detailed characteristics of advanced solutions to help you bridge the gap between Packet-Switched Wide Area Network and legacy teleprotection systems in order to prevent incorrect operation or false tripping. A novel approach (from the protection and communication perspective) will be introduced in order deliver an innovative backbone PSNs with enhanced redundancy mechanisms, and strong monitoring capabilities.

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Transition to a Converged IP/MPLS network

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Mesquite D/E

Driven by TDM sunset ad rapid increase in bandwidth demand, power utilities are starting to transition to a new converged IP/MPLS network to support their grid and business operations. This session will explore the key network architectural considerations to carry critical applications like SCADA and LMR, and IT enterprise applications, all without compromising security and performance.

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Microwave Communications

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Mesquite D/E

This panel will cover the technical and operational requirements that SCE considered to transition to a packet-based system compared to a hybrid model.  In addition, this session will address the important technical aspects of a packet microwave system such as LAG, sync, and adaptive modulation. The two speakers have worked together on several multi-link packet microwave system designs.

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Tele Vision, Inc.

Southern California Edison