By - Jon Brown

Private Wireless Networks Symposium
June 3, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

Private Wireless Networks are taking a prominent role in grid modernization.  This last-mile network supports a variety of utility applications used to optimize grid operations including Distribution Automation, remote asset management, smart metering and remote workforce automation.  The network also serves as a foundation to integrate renewable generation, energy storage, electrical vehicle (EV) charging and microgrids.

This symposium will discuss the impacts grid modernization is having on utilities’ communication infrastructure and why utilities need to enhance the Private Wireless Network to ensure they have a flexible, scalable and resilient network infrastructure for the long-term.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be introduced and have an overview of the utility Private Wireless Networks environment
  • Review the pros and cons of Mesh Networks to Point-to-Multipoint Wireless to Private LTE
  • Discuss what will it take to operate and maintain the next generation of Private Wireless Networks by different scenarios for managing and controlling networks
  • Review the tools and methods to ensure your Private Wireless Network upgrade project is aligned with future needs and requirements
  • Explore the particulars of this network project at PowerSouth.
  • Discover how to build a business case for upgrading wireless networks, reviewing funding considerations, financing, and securing spectrum
  • Address key considerations when designing and securing edge networks, and what steps utilities can take to begin laying the foundation for securing the distribution grid
  • Engage with providers in a panel to discuss the state of Private LTE solutions for utilities

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Review Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course

Agenda

Monday, June 3, 2019

8:00 – 8:30  a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Private Wireless Networks: Catalysts for Grid Modernization

An introduction and overview of the utility private wireless network environment, sharing results from our recent industry survey and analysis.


Private Wireless Networks Solution

From Mesh Networks to Point-to-Multipoint Wireless to Private LTE, this discussion will walk through the pros and cons of each solution, assisting attendees with deciding which option is best for their utility.


Network Management Services

What will it take to operate and maintain the next generation of Private Wireless Networks? Grid Modernization will require active and holistic network management. As utilities move to advanced networks to capitalize on automation and smart devices, utilities are faced with how to manage this new network environment.  This presentation will look at different scenarios for managing and controlling networks, so attendees will have a better idea on what will work for their specific utility.


Whole-System Perspective

A review of tools and methods to ensure your private wireless network upgrade project is aligned with future needs and requirements. So as your utility evolves, your network is scalable and flexible enough to continue to support a reliable and efficient grid operation. This presentation will feature discussion on leveraging utility pole infrastructure as well as the future and impact of 5G.


PowerSouth Case Study

Review the particulars of this network project at PowerSouth.


Lifecycle Approach and Roadmap

This session walk through best practices for building a business case for upgrading wireless networks, reviewing funding considerations, financing, and securing spectrum. We’ll also discuss key considerations for network design, security, installation and commissioning, and operations and maintenance.


Cyber Security- Securing the Edge

To increase visibility into electrical distribution assets in support of Distributed Energy Resources and microgrids, third-parties and customer engagement, electric distribution utilities are progressively migrating to IP-based operational networks. Because the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards managed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) do not widely apply to many distribution systems, many utilities, municipalities, or coops are left to state regulators, other standards, and best practices to secure their operational networks.  This presentation addresses key considerations when designing and securing edge networks, and what steps utilities can take to begin laying the foundation for securing the distribution grid.


State of the Utility Private LTE Network

A group of spectrum holders and Private LTE technology providers will gather on a panel to discuss the state of Private LTE solutions for utilities.  These solution providers will share the benefits and advantages of spectrum options and use cases for utility distribution systems, as well as the evolution and current features of LTE technology.  Together, the panel will offer attendees insight into the future of utility networks.


QoS in Traditional Networks and Private LTE Deployments

With the explosion of Smart Grid applications, such as AMI, DA, DER, and the need for new field area wireless networks (FANs) to be ubiquitous and resilient, utilities are leveraging cellular technologies like LTE, and the upcoming 5G, in private environments to carry different types of traffic, as well as ensuring meeting cyber security and regulation (NERC/CIP) requirements. Such a varied type of applications come with stringent traffic requirements (latency, throughput, availability), and QoS is the fundamental mechanism to enable the variety of applications to run seamlessly through a single network infrastructure. This presentation covers the basics of QoS in traditional networks, and how it’s applied to support such applications in private LTE deployments.

Speakers

David Hulinsky, Director, Utility Telecom & Automation, Black & Veatch

David Hulinsky is the Utility Telecom and Automation Director at Black & Veatch, where he provides integrated grid modernization solutions for utilities. Hulinsky focuses on advanced automation and telecommunication systems to improve the scalability, reliability and efficiency

of the electric grid. He has led some of Black & Veatch’s largest turnkey grid modernization projects for leading utilities such as San Diego Gas & Electric, Hydro One, CPS Energy, The United Illuminating Company and NV Energy.


Greg McGovern, Lead Wireless Engineer, Black & Veatch

Greg is a lead wireless engineer within the Black & Veatch Telecommunications Private Network group.  The Private Network group provides end-to-end communications technology evaluation, network design and build services.  Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Greg served the telecommunications industry, for 17 years, in a variety of roles including, Director of Backhaul Engineering at Samsung, and several Engineering Manager roles at Sprint, Ericsson and Clearwire.  He has engineered, deployed and/or operated tens of thousands of Radio Access Network (RAN) and Transport sites on many networks.  He has evaluated, engineered, and deployed a variety of both wired and wireless technologies including 5G, LTE, WiMAX, CDMA, Microwave, DWDM, SONET, IP, Ethernet and Satellite.


Mark Burke, Business Development Consultant, Black & Veatch

Specializes in private networks organization for Black & Veatch’s Telecommunications business. Before coming to Black & Veatch, Burke was Vice President of Energy & Utility at Ericsson Inc., and before that he led the Intelligent Networks and Communications business line at DNVKEMA, a global consulting, testing and certification organization.


Ed Sutton, Principal Consultant and Systems Manager, Black & Veatch

Edward A. Sutton III, P.E., is a Principal Consultant and Systems Manager for Black & Veatch. With a background rooted in critical infrastructure, he has thorough experience in leading—from concept to completion—a wide array of complex emerging technology projects. Sutton works to develop whole system solutions to complex problems focused on modernization and digital services.


Curt McMillion, Utility Telecom & Automation Project Manager, Black & Veatch

Curt McMillion is a project manager for Black & Veatch’s Telecommunications Business, leading large utility automation and telecommunication projects, such as a major telecommunications master planning effort and engineering project for a large electric cooperative. He came to Black & Veatch after serving six years as the Manager of Telecommunications for Green Mountain Power.


Craig Preuss, Engineering Manager Utility Automation, Black & Veatch

Craig Preuss is the subject matter expert at Black & Veatch for IEC 61850, DNP3, and cybersecurity associated with distribution automation and substation integration and automation systems. He manages, leads, and performs the design, configuration, installation, testing, and commissioning of these systems. His architectures address integration and interoperability challenges and problems in protocols, configurations, North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance, and networks.
Craig is a recognized industry leader and participates in and leads the development of IEEE standards. In 2016, he was appointed Secretary of the new IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Power System


Mauricio Subieta, PhD, CISSP – CTO, NOKIA


Craig Preuss, Engineering Manager Utility Automation, Black & Veatch

Craig Preuss is the subject matter expert at Black & Veatch for IEC 61850, DNP3, and cybersecurity associated with distribution automation and substation integration and automation systems. He manages, leads, and performs the design, configuration, installation, testing, and commissioning of these systems. His architectures address integration and interoperability challenges and problems in protocols, configurations, North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance, and networks.
Craig is a recognized industry leader and participates in and leads the development of IEEE standards. In 2016, he was appointed Secretary of the new IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Power System.


Steve Lowe, Strategy Director IoT Utility Grid Modernization and Smart City Solutions, AT&T

Mar Tarres is the VP of Products at pdvWireless Inc., a company focused on providing game-changing connectivity to company focused on delivering game-changing connectivity for critical infrastructure, including next-generation communications platforms to support utilities’ grid modernization and cybersecurity strategies. At pdvWireless, Mar is responsible for leading the company’s product strategy. She focuses on delivering and managing innovative products and solutions that maximize the value of our spectrum, meet the stringent market demands of the critical infrastructure segment, and drive company growth.

Prior to joining pdvWireless in April 2018, Mar held several product and technology leadership roles at telecommunications and online education companies such as Ligado Networks, K12.com, Nextel International among others. Mar started her USA career as a management consultant at PRTM now owned by PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has extensive experience in successfully establishing and delivering large scale business, operations, product and technology programs. Her track record in leading and driving cross-functional, multi-country and multi-partner teams to achieve outstanding results make her an accomplished change agent.

Mar holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.


John Vislosky, Senior Vice Presideny, Access Spectrum, LLC

of Science in Engineering and Management. He proudly served in the United States Army Infantry and later commanded an US Army Green Beret, Special Forces A-Team. After his military service, John has built and successfully sold his own company, established new product sales channels and managed sales teams in over 40 countries for both Fortune 500 Companies and privately-held companies.

In August of 2013, John was asked to return to Access Spectrum to monetize and sell the Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum Licenses for the license owners. To date, John has successfully sold 700 MHz A Block Spectrum Licenses to the 20 various Utility, UAV/Drone, Railroad and Petrochemical Companies.

Location

EUCI Office Building Conference Center

4601 DTC Blvd, B-100

Denver CO, 80237

 

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Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
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0.9 miles away

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Denver, CO 80237
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Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, May 17, 2019
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Private Wireless Networks SymposiumUS $ 895.00US $ 995.00

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 03, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800