2021 ENTELEC Fall Seminar – Education Schedule

Thursday, October 7, 2021


8:15 AM – 9:00 AM


Tech Based Hybrid Warfare in Oil and Gas: Threats Posed to the Permian Basin by Intrusive App/Platform Developers from Adversarial Countries

Room: Devonian I & II

Attendees will learn about cybersecurity and privacy threats posed to the Permian Basin and Oil and Gas critical infrastructure by intrusive data collection and predatory apps/platforms developed by tech giants, including companies from adversarial countries such as China and Russia.

Session Objectives:

Attendees will learn about threats posed by hybrid warfare, conducted by adversarial countries, pertaining to the theft of intellectual property and business competition.

Attendees will learn how to prepare for hybrid warfare via best practices associated with the Board/C-suite and at the tactical level, IT

The session is based on Speakers recent article for The Vision Times, April 2020, “Everything You Need to Know about Hybrid Warfare and How to Prepare”

Category: Cybersecurity

Intended Audience: CIO, CISO, IT/Cybersecurity Professionals

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Rex Lee, CyberTalk TV

Rex M. Lee has over 35 years of tech and telecom industry experience that includes enterprise platform and software development. He is currently a cybersecurity and privacy advisor centered on telecommunications and connected technology for BLACKOPS Partners, Washington, DC.  Mr. Lee is an accomplished freelance technology journalist.  His articles have been published by MissionCritical Communications Magazine, Money Masters and The Epoch Times (NYC, NY).




9:15 AM – 2:30 PM

MQTT Field Deployment/Device Training by AutoSol

(lunch break from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm; Attendees should bring a laptop computer)

Room: Spraberry

Field Deployment of IIoT Solution: Deploying IIoT Hardware and Software in the Field

Session Objectives:

  1. Perform Basic setup of Field IIoT/Edge Hardware
  2. Setup (eACM) Edge Software to Poll connected End Device and collect operational data
  3. Publish collected data to MQTT Broker and visualize in HMI environment
  4. Troubleshoot basic issues found during Field IIoT/Edge deployments

Category: IIoT / Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas

Intended Audience: Field Technicians, IIoT technicians and/or integrators. Anyone that would be responsible for deploying IIoT/Edge solutions in the field.

Level of Presentation: All Levels


Nate Jones, AUTOSOL

Nate Jones, Technical Sales Manager at AUTOSOL, boasts a background in the Industrial Automation and Optimization field spanning more than 15 years. An expert in IIOT and Edge technologies, Nate’s enthusiasm for oil and gas production automation enables him to develop new ways to increase productivity and reduce operational costs. His deep knowledge allows him to serve in technical and educational roles.




9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Drone Applications and Use Cases in Oil & Gas

Room: Devonian I & II

Drones provide safe, efficient inspections and data collection for businesses across the energy industry. Whether in Upstream, MidStream or, DownStream operations in Oil and Gas Industry, using drones today both opens up new possibilities and replaces existing radius and expensive work. Without drones, inspections are typically completed manually, using climbing, bucket trucks, long-range photography, sending workers to remote fields for maintenance; or helicopter. Clearly, manual inspections involving climbing or using buckets introduce hazards that are avoided with drones. Ground-based data collection typically lacks the detail and flexibility that a drone can provide – better data, improved efficiency, reduced risk, fast response.

Session Objectives:

  1. How Drone Applications provide better data faster with improved efficiency, reduced risk.
  2. Critical Usecases served by Drones
  3. Remote Monitoring to reduce maintenance costs

Category: Drone Applications in Oil & Gas

Intended Audience:

  1. Field Operation team (Upstream/MidStream/Downstream)
  2. IT / OT Communication/security professionals
  3. IT / Telecom Managers / Directors (Decision Makers)

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Brundaban Sahoo, Motorola Solutions

Director of Broadband Business Development for Global Enterprise Market in Motorola Solutions. 25+ years of experience in the telecom; last 10yrs in PLTE & Security business globally for Motorola Govt & Enterprise Market. Recently, spearheading business development for E2E solution offerings in Critical Infra verticals for Global Enterprise market – utilities, oil & gas, mining etc. Holds Masters in both Electrical Engg and Management degrees.



Considerations at the Edge: Planning for Private LTE

Room: Wolfcamp I

This session will contain insights into an often overlooked approach to managing the edge.  Useful tips will be provided that utility customers should consider when planning their network edge gateway/device strategy.

How to define your edge:

  • Where and what is your starting point ?
  • Reliability and Durability – impact on truck rolls
  • Redundancy – blending private LTE with public carrier/FirstNet
  • Security – What’s important ?
  • Flexibility – choosing connection and interface options right for you

Life on the edge:

  • Device management: the fundamentals
  • Overcoming challenges with initial field installations and provisioning
  • Ongoing lifecycle considerations like firmware

Session Objectives:

1) How to define your comms edge.

2) Tips for planning your network

3) Overcoming challenges and lifecycle considerations

Category: IIoT / Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about planning private LTE networks and maintaining them.

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Mike Waitley, GE MDS

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in the wireless communications industry with the last 18 in the IoT space across energy, industrial automation, and connected vehicle verticals in various business, channel, and product management capacities.

Mike has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Iowa State University.





10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

LoRa 101 – A Technical Introduction / Focus: RF Technology Live Demonstration

Room: Devonian I & II

In this presentation/workshop you will learn why LoRa accomplishes amazing long range links. We will explain the relationship between the unique characteristics such as Data Rates, Spreading factors, Bandwidth, Receiver Sensitivity, and Sensor battery life. We will also discuss LoRaWAN architectures, network security, classes of operation, activation process, and Gateway backhaul options like cellular, satellite, 900MHz radio, and more.  A number of use cases will be discussed which will include: chemical tank, vibration, temperature, perimeter, pressure and flow monitoring.

Session Objectives:

* We’ll demonstrate how LoRaWAN can be architected in an energy application with sensors and gateways to cloud

* Leveraging the advantages of LoRaWAN for unmonitored or stranded assets

* Demonstrate the impressive range of LoRa and use cases to support the technology

Category: IIoT / Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas

Intended Audience: Designed for energy companies of all types that are interested in learning how to implement/architect LoRaWAN technology into their solution.

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Al King, MultiTech

Al King has over thirty years of Wireless Communications experience in the SCADA, Microwave, Cellular, Private LTE and LoRa Sensor Networks. He received his technical education in the United States Air Force, The Community College of the Air Force and the University of La Verne.  Al is also a Cisco Certified Network Associate.  Most currently Al has been deeply involved in the Industrial Internet of Things and the emerging CBRS Market and is currently employed by Multi-Tech Systems.



IIoT: Is Your Network Ready?

Room: Wolfcamp I

Faced with an explosion of data and applications, increased security threats and changing customer demands, the legacy network needs its own revolution.

  • Data and app growth: Network traffic demand is growing at a rate of 20% each year due to cloud services, video streaming, and business digitalization.
  • Evolving security risks: 60% of digital businesses will suffer a major service failure due to IT security teams’ inability to manage digital risk.
  • Always-on services: The increased capabilities that technology brings also increases customers’ expectations. Round-the-clock access to online services and digital resources isn’t just a demand now, it’s a basic expectation.

Session Objectives:

  • Share lessons learned from past projects where the “industrial” requirements of wireless networks in energy sector were not optimally met.
  • Briefly touch on AI, ML and big data, and the information we can glean today.
  • The need for real-time decision making has driven edge-based, rather than cloud-based, IoT solutions

Category: IIoT / Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas

Intended Audience: Network/Infrastructure Planners & Engineers, Engineering Managers, Asset Managers

Level of Presentation: All Levels


Alan DesJardins, Redline Communications

Alan DesJardins has over 37 years of experience in the radio and telecommunications industry spanning 14 years as a radio systems technician in the US Air Force, deploying early pre-WIFI systems on the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and working for Proxim Wireless, Motorola Solutions, Cambium Networks and now Redline Communications with experience in WIFI, microwave systems, SCADA narrowband systems, and WiMax & LTE systems.




1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Digital Transformation – Managing the Digital Convergence of IT/OT Communications

Room: Devonian I & II

Energy companies continue to face new challenges as safety and reliability expectation continue to expand. New emerging commercial technologies while they introduce new communications capabilities, they also present new and expanding opportunities for Mission Critical organizations. Regardless of the potential flexibility and new functionality the safety and reliability of critical communications must be maintained. In summary this presentation has been developed to provide deeper insight into the suite of communications options and to lay a foundation for what the Next Generation Critical Communications Network could look like.

Session Objectives:

  1. Discuss the business drivers for improved business efficiency and worker safety
  2. Provide insight into recent technology advancements Commercial and Private
  3. Explore the challenges and benefits of Converged Wireless Communications

Category: Digital Transformation

Intended Audience: Management, Supervisors and engineers

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Daniel Draughn, Tait Communications

Over 35 years of executive leadership, Dan Draughn offers a client-focused approach to critical communications. With experience in helping organizations implement solutions in complex and emerging markets, he has worked in diverse industries including utilities, public safety, transportation, state and local governments, wireless and wire-line telecommunication companies. In this new world of convergence, it more important today than ever to leverage technology to manage critical infrastructure.




5G-IoT and Edge Compute: Accelerating Energy Digital Transformation

Room: Wolfcamp I

Energy industry’s digital transformation is getting a significant boost with the arrival of 5G-IoT and edge compute technologies.  For the first time, the total cost of ownership of private 5G-IoT solutions with large number of edge compute capable endpoints and sensors is reaching a point of attractive economics.  At the same time, the number of applications and use-cases that these solutions enable has proliferated, thereby accelerating digital energy transformation.

Session Objectives:

  • Technical overview of 5G and 5G-IoT.  The three technology groups that make up the 5G will be discussed: eMBB, mMTC, and URLLC.  Specific emphasis will be given to the mMTC which is the 5G-IoT group of technologies.
  • Edge compute and endpoints. Latest advances in 5G-IoT endpoints and describe why edge compute on these devices are transformative for the industry.
  • SCADA IoT. How the legacy investment in SCADA is being fully preserved while fully modernizing the front end using 5G-IoT.
  • No-brainer ROI: Significant increase in operational efficiency, reduction in downtime, and predictive maintenance.

Category: 5G/LTE/Cellular IoT, Edge Compute

Intended Audience:  Communications group leaders, telecom personnel, field technicians, digital energy planners, strategy leaders, OT and IT leaders.

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Kethees Ketheesan, CEO of Puloli Inc.

Kethees Ketheesan is the CEO of Puloli. He co-founded the company in 2016 to offer private IoT solutions using a Network-as-a-Service model. He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry.  Prior to Puloli, Kethees held leadership roles in engineering and management for companies large and small, from well-established multinationals to early stage startups. They include Netscout, Newfield Wireless, Telephia (Nielsen), Venturi Wireless, Interwave Communications, and Motorola. Kethees holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He has five granted patents from the USPTO.




2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Edge and LTE/LoRaWAN Panel Discussion

Room: Devonian I & II

Daniel Quant will moderate this executive level panel of experts.  More details coming soon…

Moderator: Daniel Quant, MultiTech

Developing corporate strategies that grow market share within high growth markets. Identifying new business trends, incubating innovation internally and within industrial market segments, creating partner ecosystems that accelerate enterprise digital transformation and revenue growth. He works closely with international customers and organizations, representing MultiTech at standardization groups, leading committees within technology and vertical industrial associations.