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 Tuesday May 15, 2018    Sponsored by:

 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Evolve Your Network Security with a Defense-in-Depth Approach

Hansen Chan, Nokia

Room: 351 D

As cyber threats are evolving from eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attack to DDoS and advanced persistent threat (APT), malware/ransomware, network defense approach deployed today needs an overhaul. While traditional security tools like encryption or firewall can still safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of communications, the emerging threats requires new defense mechanisms and thinking. This session will review how a defense-in-depth network security framework comprising technology, governance & policy elements, can be deployed as a bulwark deterring evolving cyber threats.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security


The Power of LoRaWAN : Revolutionizing Communications in the Oil and Gas Industry

Daniel Quant, MultiTech

Room: 351 E

Until now, expensive, often unreliable, satellite communications or difficult to deploy wired infrastructure has been the only means of monitoring much of the high-value assets in the oil and gas

industry. LoRaWAN™, a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in a regional, national or global network, provides an outstanding alternative for this market providing oil and gas companies with the revolutionizing ability to deploy their own, cost-effective private networks on site – easily covering end-points up to ten miles, while taking an added step to prevent intrusion.

Track: Remote Access Monitoring in Oil and Gas


An Update on Upstream and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Colin Lippincott, OleumTech

Room: 361 A

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been growing in conversation, visibility and importance over the last couple of year.  This is especially true when considering the impacts on technology in the upstream Oil & Gas environments.  More companies, large and small, are impacting our business in more ways and, maybe, faster than we might have anticipated.

Track: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Microwave Path Design Techniques

Mark Kullberg, Hutton Communications

Scott Nelson, Hutton Communications

Room: 351 D

Microwave path design is increasingly becoming software driven with several excellent tools for pre-evaluating link performance. Speakers will present key path design concepts and examine several different software tools for designing microwave paths and systems.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures


Remote Management of Power for SCADA Equipment

Brad Berwald, Morningstar Corporation

Room: 351 E

The session will cover remote management of power to SCADA equipment and other monitoring and process control equipment that is used in the oil & gas industry. Attendees will learn how to receive alerts and conduct corrective actions remotely to maintain power for small equipment at off-grid oil & gas sites. The presentation will also address how data logging  can be used to troubleshoot root causes of problems and assist with process improvement.  The session and Q&A will help attendees and their organizations to reduce costs and optimize the performance and uptime of their equipment.

Track: SCADA and Business Data


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Spectrum Executive Level Panel Discussion

Moderator: JL Betts, Automation Associates, Inc.

Room: 351 F & C


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Weather Related Safety Options

Roy Whitten, Lyncole XIT Grounding

Room: 351 D

When it comes to industries with people and equipment in open spaces, like the oil and gas industry, a severe weather/lightning alert system is at the heart of safe operations. Based upon the warning system chosen, different actions could be taken. Understanding the different technologies available will allow for a more appropriate safety decision for your specific application.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Automating IIoT Deployment

John Geiger, Machfu

Room: 351 E

The emerging diverse IIoT ecosystem is creating the need for self-commissioning systems simplifying the deployment of industrial solutions.   IIoT Gateway’s gateways at the edge of the network connect a variety of new smart sensors and gateway applications to cloud and traditional SCADA infrastructure. Removing the need for technical expertise in the field has a huge impact on cost of deployment and the adoption IIoT technology.

Track: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems


Breaking Down DNA: Understanding the Network Technologies for Supporting Continuous Connectivity

Paul Scardino, Globecomm

Room: 361 A

The Internet of Things has created a greater need to connect billions of devices using a plethora of applications to obtain Big Data and the analytics that it provides. The connectivity needs of SCADA networks have too evolved to address the IoT through various networks incorporating solution options that require the integration of fixed radio networks, cellular and satellite in multi-mode, hybrid connectivity scenarios. 

This presentation outlines the technologies of the various telecommunication networks used to connect Utility and Energy markets globally for managing the various devices and applications, integrating many pieces into what looks and acts like a seamless whole.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Licensed Versus Unlicensed Spectrum - What's Best for What Application?

Robert Finch, Select Spectrum

Room: 351 D

When designing wireless communications solutions, ENTELEC member companies may choose from a variety of licensed, unlicensed and the emerging shared “Spectrum Access System” technologies.  This session will focus on applications characteristics including bandwidth, terrain, site density and RF interference environment that may influence the best choice in system design.  Specific examples including costs, risks and performance parameters will be presented to show how various situations lead to differing optimal system choices.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures


Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum

John Vislosky, Access Spectrum, LLC

Room: 351 E

700 MHz A Block Spectrum is available to petrochemical companies in support of mission critical licensed wireless solutions. This session will update you on the availability, ease of interface with the FCC, newest technology developments, and equipment associated with this highly effective spectrum band. information will also be shared on elements of a business use case and the strategic importance of owning licensed spectrum.

Track: SCADA and Business Data, Offshore Communications, FCC and Regulatory, Drone Applications in Oil & Gas


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Field Level Security Executive Level Panel Discussion

Moderator: Doug Miller, ConocoPhillips Company

Room: 351 F & C


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Technically Secure: How Technical Controls Create Security for Industrial Control Systems

David Blanco, AutoSol

Room: 351 D

By reconciling IT security solutions’ prioritization of confidentiality against ICS’s prioritization of availability, this session will present the benefits of technical controls for industrial control systems over policy based ones. This requires an understanding of the threats ICS will face in terms of probability, not possibility, which includes an explanation of how current ICS strategies fail. Policy foundations will then be presented that allow proven IT security strategies to be successfully applied to ICS legacy networks. These recommendations include 1) prioritizing the field equipment 2) extending proven IP security strategies and techniques to the field 3) identifying technologies that enable business and enhance security.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security


Spectrum Availability For Critical Infrastructure Industries

Greg Kunkle, Keller and Heckman LLP

Jerry Roberts, Enterprise

Room: 351 E

Oil and natural gas companies and utilities are seeking to adopt next generation wireless technologies, including higher speed SCADA, distribution automation, load control and AMI.  This presentation will highlight the options for wideband and broadband spectrum available via secondary market transactions.  A speaker from an end user company will provide perspective on the spectrum acquisition process, including how to select a band and how to efficiently use purchased spectrum.

Track: FCC and Regulatory