Telecom 4 Grid Modernization – Introduction
Utility telecommunications enable digital technologies that in turn enable utilities to address their mission critical and business objectives. Each utility’s telecommunications challenges are unique – affected by demographics, geography, industry, economics, even endangered species. This track will focus on the experience of utilities and vendors in meeting specific telecommunications requirements to enable utilities to meet their operational, business, and customer objectives.
The Future of Wireless Networks in the Utility
8:00am - 8:30am
As budgets are being cut, as technology is constantly changing and cities are growing and expanding faster, utilities look to use wireless systems to get the job done. In this session, the audience will be able to view how utilities use different types of wireless methods to get the job done quickly and within budget constraints. Some of the uses of wireless applications include distribution automation, metering, monitoring, call center communications, voice and data applications, vehicle locating for theft and dispatching and many more
Smart Devices on Utility Private LTE Networks
8:35am - 9:05am
Southern Company will share its rollout of end devices supporting grid apps on their private LTE network.
Can SCADA & Other Critical Data Traffic Safely Use Unlicensed Spectrum?
9:05am - 9:35am
Recent deployments of future proof 750 mb/s private broadband wireless systems to replace aging WiMAX networks and sunsetted leased lines. Also provided will be an overview of the beam-forming technology that allows the reliable operation of the wireless network in high noise floor environments, the success of those implementations to date, and how other utilities can successfully deploy their own high speed private wireless network that provides security and guaranteed availability without incurring the overhead costs of licensed spectrum.
New Options for Private Broadband Solutions
9:45am - 10:45am
Spectrum availability and cost have limited options for private BB systems. As carrier capacity dramatically grows, the difficulty of matching carrier BB options with private systems becomes more complicated. This is a discussion of options being considered by the FCC that could support some high capacity private BB solutions, with trade-offs: 3.5GHz, Datacast and/or mmW solutions
Keep Hackers in Check
10am - 10:30am
Just as the electric grid, cybersecurity is constantly evolving, becoming more complex and costly. In response, many organizations are increasing their focus on implementing countermeasures to safeguard their vital assets and data. Without a comprehensive plan for identifying threats and mitigating them before they penetrate vulnerable networks, hackers, malicious users and even internal threat agents will continue to find ways to attack and exploit systems, applications, sensitive data and other essential components of computer networks.
IP Transition – Key Findings from Utilities
10:30am - 11:00am
As carriers transition from analog circuit switched networks to IP-based services and fiber optic networks, utilities are affected when legacy networks are replaced and analog services are discontinued. During this session, representatives from UTC’s IP Transition subcommittee and the Smart Networks Council will present the results of a survey of utilities that describes how utilities are affected by the IP transition and how they are responding to it.
Optimum Placement of WAMS PMUs to Increase the Observability of Inter-area Oscillations in the Electric Grid
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) are rapidly being deployed in electric power networks across the globe. The Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS), which builds upon PMUs and fast communication links, is consequently emerging as an advanced monitoring and control infrastructure. In this presentation, SNC-Lavalin is sharing some experiences from a real case study. The presenters will focus on the optimum placement of PMUs to increase the grid observability of inter-area oscillations. PMUs are strategically placed in power networks to offer the detection and identification of parameter errors. The coherent signals measured by PMUs will be used to monitor power system small signal stability. Simulation results imply the effectiveness of the proposed method in online monitoring of inter-area oscillations.
Industrial Internet-of-Things at BC Hydro
3:45pm - 4:15pm
BC Hydro has been on its Smart Grid journey for some time. The utility’s ambitious plans to deploy and operationalize Smart Meter Infrastructure, system wide Private MPLS, and 1815 MHz WiMAX are now complete. Each of these systems was built for a primary anchor tenant and business objective. BC Hydro is now entering a second phase of grid modernization where they will draw additional value from these systems. In some cases by adding devices, but in many cases they are driving new business value and insights by applying IIoT architectures to better use data that already resides at the edge of these networks.
Update on Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum
4:30pm - 5:30pm
This panel will provide an update on the Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum available to the utilities and other entities. The session will include information on the completed sales of the spectrum, various 700 MHz Pilot Project results, Narrow Band Initiative, applications and use of the spectrum to include Unmanned Aircraft Systems to support Utility operations and security.