Conference Day Two | Wednesday 16th May 2018


Registration and refreshments


Welcome back from the chair

Matching SDH standards of teleprotection & substation automation communication with IP networking


Teleprotection: Ensuring the reliability of teleprotection and differential protection services in the migration to next generation communication networks

  • Outlining the requirements of mission critical teleprotection and power system protection services in terms of enabling realtime communications with minimal latency, jitter and path asymmetry
  • Meeting the end to end dedicated channel requirements of:
  • Backup paths and redundancy
  • Encryption and authentication
  • Leveraging advanced packet-based engineering match current standards of latency and jitter
  • Making the case for MPLS based circuit emulation to ensure SDH levels of accuracy, reliability and traffic prioritisation
  • Determining timescales for continuing support of TDM networks for teleprotection and differential protection services in a mixed network in the short term

Steven Blair, Research FellowUniversity of Strathclyde


Substation Communication: Effectively integrating IP telecommunication networks with infrastructures and protocols for IEC 61850-based substation automation communications

  • Meeting the synchronisation needs of substation automation communications with IP networks
  • Making the case for maintaining SDH to ensure serial P2P connections between RTUs and the SCADA and interfacing with the wider IP network
  • Managing the interface of legacy RTUs with IP communications networks via protocol convertors
  • Determining a long-term upgrade strategy for legacy substation RTUs which enable full IP networking
  • Migrating legacy telecontrol systems to 100% IP-based communications

Indrek Künnapuu, Chief Telecommunications Specialist – Elektrilevi OÜ

Public and private telecoms infrastructure options


Telco Partnerships: Determining the key criteria for telcos to meet in order to deliver the service level requirements of utility telecoms networks in the immediate and long term  

  • Evaluating the different options for working with public telecoms operators and their vitality in the long term: dark fibre, leased lines, full service offerings
  • Evaluating the benefits for partnering with telecoms networks in terms of capex and opex
  • Examining the Energise ICT-Decision making toolkit; an approach for strategic planning based on case studies
  • Addressing the current reliability and security limitations of packet based public telecoms networks for utilities
  • Outlining the necessary steps to improve the collaboration between energy and telco-sector on a company and regulatory level

Daniel Schollhorn, ConsultantTUV Rheinland & ENERGISE (European Commission Funded Project, DG Connect)


Morning refreshments, exhibits & networking


Technology Innovation Panel: During this session 3-4 packet telecom technology innovators will share their experiences in applying IP telecom solutions in the utility telecom environment as well as their vision for how this market is evolving, what technologies and support utilities need, to ensure the reliability and security of their telecom networks today and in the longer term. Each speaker will present for 15 minutes and there will be 30 minutes at the end for panel discussion and Q&A.

Geert Verbanck, CTO – OTN Systems
Marc Vandeputte, CTO – Arcadiz
Dominique Verhulst, VP Sales Energy Market Europe, Middle East & Africa – Nokia


Lunch, exhibits & networking


Wireless: Opportunities for utilities offered by dedicated wireless 450 MHz telecoms networks

  • Determining the benefits of having a dedicated 450 MHz network for utility applications; considering examples from around Europe including the Utility Connect network
  • Determining the benefits of operating at lower frequencies
  • Outlining and addressing the different business set-up requirements for 450 MHz
  • Outlining the work of the 450 MHz Alliance in furthering 450 MHz deployments for utilities

Erik Moll, Telecom Policy AdvisorUtility Connect (Representing the 450 MHz Alliance)


IP Mobile Networks: Ensuring reliable and secure IP mobile networks for FAN (Field Area Networks) and IoT communications

  • Meeting the need for a unified secure and reliable IP wireless data network to interconnect all distribution applications
  • Ensuring critical traffic prioritization and high network reliability
  • Comparing own, lease, share network models for broadband and LTE solutions
  • Assessing LTE capabilities for the FAN and IoT and M2M deployments and establishing how utility requirements differ

Frank Visser, Telecommunications ArchitectAlliander


Afternoon refreshments, exhibits & networking


Service Oriented Grid for the Network of the Future: Enabling near real-time control of the distributed energy network with innovative 5G telecoms networks and intelligence at the network edge

  • Examining the advantages for utilities of deploying 5G at the network edge in terms of network investment costs in the immediate and long term
  • Exploiting SDN and NFV to shift network intelligence to the cloud at the edge of the network
  • Understanding how network sectioning would enable a virtual network within a network to meet availability, reliability and security requirements
  • Future proofing the network with a move to a service orientated grid rather than investment in technology which will become outdated
  • Evaluating the different models for delivering such services: private or public networks
  • Making the case for telcos offering substation automation communication as a service to utilities

Prof. Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre

Outlining EDP’s Connect Program placing telecoms at the centre of the smart grid evolution


Future Proofing Utility Telecoms: Placing telecoms at the heart of the smart grid evolution

  • Why the utility already calls for such a transformational program
  • What main pillars to look for; the core network, the FAN, the NAN and the integrated supervision centre
  • Which challenges should one be aware of while migrating from TDM to a new IP MPLS core network?
  • How to envision a new FAN to tackle the new challenges while capturing possible synergies
  • What are the alternative options for the future NAN when building an optional connectivity portfolio?
  • Why the new paradigm demands a different operational approach; holistic value extraction through integrated supervision

Luis Matias, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital PlatformEDP Distribuição

Sérgio Ramos Pinto, Assistant Director, Networks Digital Platform – EDP Distribuição


Closing remarks from the chair and end of day two

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