Topic Areas:

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Migrating Networks: Fiber, SONET and now IP

7:30AM-8:30AM

SmokeTree D

Plains All American Pipeline upgraded their TC Comms network from SONET to IP using JumboSwitch last year. This session will share decisions, challenges, and lessons learned  from the network upgrade.

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Risks from IT malware to SCADA network – case study from recent cryptojacking attack

8:35AM - 9:05AM

SmokeTree D

Much of the focus in the energy world on cybersecurity is on the electric utility industry. Yet as more processes across the sector become automated, the gas & water industries are also making strides to shore up security of its own systems. With real-word example of cryptocurrency mining software discovered at a water utility.   In this session, speakers discuss steps their companies are taking to protect their infrastructure from cyber attacks.

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Radiflow

AMI for Water, Gas, Electricity Utilities

9:45am - 10:45am

SmokeTree D

Electric utilities began rolling out Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in force in the early part of this decade. Water and gas companies are catching up, though deployment remains behind the electricity sector. With nearly a 20 years of new meter installations across the utility industries, what lessons can we draw? What are the next steps in the smart metering world? In this session, experts from each of these industries will provide updates on their utility’s plans and discuss what they’ve learned along the way. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what the future may hold.

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Navigant Research

Utilities Technology Council

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Utilities, Inc.

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City of Lancaster, PA

Upgrading SCADA Systems

10am-11am

SmokeTree D

TC Comms  case study with Celina Municipal Utilities where they upgraded their SCADA network from Multi-Drop Fiber Modem rings to an Ethernet network.

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Smart Cities—What about Water and Gas?

3:15pm - 4:15pm

SmokeTree D

Smart cities are the talk of the technology world. Developing plans to create more efficient living solutions often centers around telecommunications networks, transportation, efficiencies, and urban planning. But too frequently, these discussions leave out the crucial role of water and natural gas utilities. How are gas utilities preparing to adapt? What changes might be in store for your water company? In this session, speakers from both industries will discuss these changes and more. Attendees will also learn how Smart City advocates are accounting for gas and water utilities in their development.

Speakers

Utilities Technology Council

Navigant Research

Migrating pipeline infrastructure to the modern world

4:30pm - 5:30pm

SmokeTree D

As the water and gas industries update and modernize their pipeline infrastructure, they are employing new technologies to monitor their systems for safety. These technologies will provide greater operational awareness of a utility’s pipeline system while also allowing them to take more control over their system in the event of an incident. In this session, representatives from the water and gas industry will discuss how they are adopting new technologies and whether and how applicable they are to other utilities. Attendees will learn whether these solutions may work for them.

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