2022 ENTELEC Fall Seminar – Education

Thursday, October 6, 2022

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Education

Room: Devonian

Speaker: Jonathan O’Connor, Motorola Solutions

In today’s ever-changing digital environment, cybersecurity education requires a holistic approach: one that addresses people, skills, and technology as well as processes and governance. When people think about cybersecurity, they generally think of technology; in reality, every single person in an organization is responsible for maintaining the organization’s cybersecurity posture. Organizations tend to invest much more in reactive incident response measures than they do on developing a comprehensive prevention plan. People are the first contact for any cyber incident and must constantly meet social engineering threats such as phishing and baiting. To that end, a successful approach to cyber education must be a holistic one.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how people, skills and technology work together with processes and governance to create a holistic cybersecurity approach
  • Uncover the role an organization plays in developing and maintaining a cybersecurity posture
  • Discover how to incorporate technology, people and their skills, into a holistic approach to cybersecurity

Session Category: Cyber Security

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Business operations professionals, IT Decision Makers


Jonathan O’Connor is a Senior Cybersecurity Services Account Manager at Motorola Solutions, overseeing the U.S. Federal Government and Commercial/Enterprise markets. Prior to joining Motorola Solutions in 2020, Mr. O’Connor spent over 5 years in cybersecurity and IT services, where he supported federal customers as a government contractor and program manager. Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business from James Madison University.




Edge Alarming Provides Real Time Cost Savings and Operational Insight for Oil & Gas Production Company

Room: Wolfcamp II

Speaker: Chris Taylor, FreeWave Technologies

Co Speaker: Dennis Stipati, FreeWave Technologies

Together we will take a look at how one oil and gas company leveraged real-time edge solutions to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.

Session Objectives:

  • Why you might consider an edge data software platform
  • How to implement a compatible solution
  • How to do all this without requiring MQTT

Session Category: SCADA Integration and Data Analytics

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Anyone who is responsible for the production and operational success of their industrial equipment, and their trusted partners and advisors. Director/Manager, Engineer, Communications Technician, SCADA, Analysts/Consultants, Sales/Bus Dev



Chris Taylor is the Senior Hardware Product Line manager for FreeWave Technologies. He is a hardware development expert with many years of experience designing hardware for a vast array of uses and systems, including IIoT, consumer, developer products.”






Dennis’ technical experience spans from launching wireless to broadband and now edge computing and IIoT solutions. He has been instrumentally involved in deploying some of the best technologies in the industry with some of the best brands out there. Dennis has a pragmatic view on helping his customers find the solution that works best for their situation with a keen eye on solving business problems with positive, bottom line results.




9:00 AM -11:15 AM

MQTT and Sparkplug Basics – Training by Cirrus Link (2 hour training)

Room: Wolfcamp I

Arlen Nipper, Cirrus Link

This course will be a hands on training session to teach the basic principles of MQTT and Sparkplug and how these technologies apply to Oil and Gas solutions. Upon completion of this course, attendees should be equipped with the tools and experience to setup a complete MQTT infrastructure on their own.


  • Know the components required for a complete MQTT infrastructure, and how they work together.
  • Come away with a basic understanding of the Sparkplug specification
  • Be able to setup a complete, working MQTT Sparkplug infrastructure on a Raspberry Pi

Category: IIoT / Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas

Level of Training: All Levels

Intended Audience: Anyone wanting to learn the basics of MQTT, the MQTT Sparkplug specification, and how to put together a working infrastructure.


Arlen Nipper has been in the industrial automation space for over 40 years. He started as a SCADA Engineer for Koch Oil in Medford OK. After that, he served as the CTO for Arcom Control Systems, and EuroTech. Arlen is currently the co-founder and CTO for Cirrus Link Solutions. While working for Arcom, Arlen worked with Andy Stanford Clark from IBM and was one of the co-inventors of MQTT. Arlen and the team at Cirrus Link have been implementing MQTT infrastructure solutions for over 20 years.





9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Industrial Ethernet Physical Media & Layer 2 Switching – Training by Black Shirt Networking, LLC

(4 hour training with a break for lunch)

Room: Sprabarry

Barry Baker, Black Shirt Networking, LLC – Sponsored by INS

This training will provide an overview of twisted pair and fiber optic media.  After exploring physical media, the mysteries of Ethernet switching, and some common features found in managed switches, will be described in a clear and understandable manner.  The participants in this session will gain insight into the products and technologies that are at the center of Industrial Ethernet today.  This knowledge will allow them to design, deploy, and troubleshoot the networks that are part of the control systems they are responsible for. 


  • Understanding types of Ethernet media
  • Understanding Layer 2 switching
  • Understanding common managed switch features

Category: Networking Training – 101/201

Level of Training: Novice

Intended Audience: This training will be good for anyone that works with Industrial Ethernet and wants to understand how it works.


Barry is an Electrical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in Industrial Ethernet and automation.  Two years ago, after years as an employee, he put his experience to work and launched Black Shirt Networking LLC with the goal of helping clients maximize the use of their network infrastructure and better understand the technologies they’re utilizing.



10:15 AM -11:15 AM      

Improving the Downstream Bottom Line Through Leading Cellular-Enabled Use Case Adoption

Room: Devonian

Speakers: Sindhu Laljani, Ericsson; Viren Parikh, Ericsson

All oil and gas segments are embracing digitalization to improve reliability, production, operations, maintenance activities and customer engagement. Within the downstream sector, companies are marking strong progress in improving performance efficiency and reliability with digital innovations, but there are still significant opportunities to improve margins.

In this session, we will explore and recommend the topmost automation use cases that downstream players should consider in their transformation journey for positive ROI. We will also explore how private cellular networks are enabling this journey by providing the capacity and flexibility needed to cope with the new network demands.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn about the ingredients that make up a private cellular network and how they compare to other forms of connectivity.
  • Learn how use cases such as workforce wearables, augmented reality (AR) and autonomous robots can drive value across financial, productivity and sustainability areas.
  • Learn about the importance of oil and gas ecosystem collaboration in the piloting and rollout of use cases.

Session Category: Digital Transformation

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Functional area: Oil & Gas companies Position/Title: CXO, VP, IT/OT managers, network engineers, Size of Company: 50+, Type of Company: upstream, midstream, and downstream


Sindhu is director of business development for the enterprise business and works with partners and solution experts to identify new use cases and enhance existing ones. Having worked with the enterprise market to bring public cellular connectivity for sensors/devices, Sindhu understands their challenges and the need for a wider ecosystem to come together




Viren Parikh is a Director of Business Development – Energy for Ericsson North America. At Ericsson, he is excited about showing the many companies in the Oil and Gas industry how Private Cellular based Networks can help unlock value and aide in their Digitalization efforts.  Viren resides in the Dallas metro area.          





Using LoRa to Provide Safety-Critical Sensing Solutions

Room: Wolfcamp II

John Geiger, RAD

The session will provide details of deploying a LoRa infrastructure at the edge of OT infrastructure. The solution provides data directly to safety-critical PLC located at the edge eliminating the need for expensive hardwired sensing. The session will also provide real-world examples and fielded systems’ measured performance. Example sensor solutions are required for vibration, temperature, pressure, and tank levels.

Session Objectives:

  • Difference between OT and IOT solutions
  • Understand LoRa performance
  • Provide a real-world examples of systems

Session Category: LTE / LoRa

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Senior management, engineering and technical staff


John is the Sr Sales Director for Critical Infrastructure and IIoT at RAD. He is subject-matter expertise in selling and working with customers to develop innovative M2M & IoT solutions. John has held multiple senior roles, including VP of Business Development at Machfu, VP of Engineering at MDS, and Wireless COE at GE Digital Energy. He has a proven commercial track record in the Utility, Oil & Gas, Water/Waste Water, Traffic, Rail, Heavy Industrial, and Commercial markets.





1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Correlation of Time-Stamped Methane Images with SCADA Data to Determine Root Cause Leak Analysis      

Room: Devonian

Robert Ward, Kuva Systems

The intent of the session is to illustrate, using 5-6 case studies, how time stamped images from Kuva’s cost scalable proprietary non-thermal IR Continuous OGI camera allow operators to eliminate the source of their emissions using improved process controls, and not simply ‘slinging a wrench’. Kuva’s onsite continuous OGI camera provides the operator with an IR image with colorized gas plume, very similar to more expensive thermal solutions, but without the false positives, that shows specific leak point attribution. When these time stamped images are correlated with SCADA data the operator can many times affect the process conditions, which are causing the leaks without even visiting the site.

Session Objectives: Educate on…

  • Why the big emissions are tough to find
  • It is not impossible
  • It can be done in a cost scalable manner

Session Category: methane emission mitigation

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Facility engineer, operator, measurement, EH&S rep, safety, production engineer, asset manager, regulatory


A native of Texas, Robert has been part of the oil & gas industry for ~30 years, focusing on problem solving and various technology initiatives in the realm of measurement operations, production optimization, enterprise SCADA, telemetry, and connectivity.  He spent over a decade where he pioneered the introduction and adoption of Control Microsystems’ SCADAPack as well as solutions from Accutech Wireless, Trio DataCom and ClearSCADA.




1:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Wireless Interference Mitigation Techniques – Training by Cambium Networks (2 hour training)     

Room: Wolfcamp I

Vernon Tindell, Cambium Networks

Fixed wireless communication is a popular choice for field connectivity, often leading to interference issues as multiple operators scale their networks using a finite amount of available spectrum.  This spectrum crowding causes poor network performance and reliability. The recent 6 GHz rule changes which allows Wi-Fi and outdoors fixed wireless, historically used for licensed backhauls, raises more interference concerns. In this session we will discuss techniques for mitigating self-interference, identifying external interference, and coping with interference in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands.


  • Mitigate wireless network self-interference
  • Identify outside interference sources
  • Cope with interference

Category: Spectrum Analysis and Diagnostic Training

Level of Training: All Levels

Intended Audience: This training is appropriate for wireless network administrators and field technicians.


Speaker Bio: Vernon Tindell is a wireless communications veteran having served the industry in sales, support, and engineering roles for the past 23 years.  In his current position as Senior Sales Engineer for Cambium Networks, Vernon interacts with a vast array of network operators, system integrators, and end-users of fixed wireless and enterprise Wi-Fi networks.  In this role, he provides expert guidance and assistance regarding network planning, equipment selection, and troubleshooting. 






Using Spectrum Analyzers and Coax/Antenna Analyzers – Training by End 2 End Technologies

Room: Wolfcamp II

Steve Benson, End 2 End Technologies

This course will explain understanding how Spectrum and Coax/Antenna analyzers work. Since Coax/Antenna Analyzers need Spectrum Analyzers to function it is necessary to understand them both. Demonstration of the analyzers will be shown along with some other options available for testing. If you have need to locate interference, measure transmitter operation, qualify antenna systems or find defects in antenna systems, this is the course to take.



Learn how Spectrum Analyzers work

Learn how Coax /Antenna Analyzers work

Learn how Transmission Lines are used in RF systems.Category: Spectrum Analysis and Diagnostic Training


Level of Training: Advanced

Category: Spectrum Analysis and Diagnostic Training

Intended Audience: Anyone that uses or intends to use a Spectrum and or Coax Cable/Antenna Analyzer.


Steve Benson has been working in electronic and radio communications for over 44 years. He worked in aviation, both USAF and Commercial Avionics for 18 years. Then for 26 years in the commercial radio and data communications industry as a Service Manager and Engineer/Technician He has designed, built and maintained data communication and SCADA systems across the U.S. He holds FCC Commercial Radiotelephone and Amateur Extra class licenses and is a graduate of the National Radio Institute.



2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 Unified Operational Intelligence, Workflow Automation, Safer Oil & Gas              

Room: Devonian

Brundaban Sahoo, Motorola Solutions

High-resolution cameras with edge-based intelligence, A.I.-powered video analytics, remote access control of facilities, workflow automation and improved radio technology can be powerful tools for keeping different streams of oil & gas operations safe. But if all of those tools are designed to operate alone, they will only create a bigger influx of data, demand for higher data bandwidth for communication that may not be available all the time.  Hence, there is a need for a coordinated solution by effective utilization of these tools to make it practically useful.

Goal of this session is to navigate through few actual field workflow examples and how to use these tools to solve those issues more effectively.

Session Objectives:

  • Higher security thru Workflow Automation
  • Integration of Video Analytics with existing Radio System
  • Safer Oil & Gas

Session Category: Digital Transformation

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: IT/OT Architects & Supervisors, Security Experts, IT/OT Managers / Executives


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.






3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Life on the EDGE – A Real-Time Discussion

Room: Devonian 

Join this panel discussion with operators and vendors from the Permian Basin as they take a deep dive to the “Edge” and discuss: What are the biggest drivers on why the Edge makes sense; How does the Edge fit in your existing infrastructure; What are the biggest challenges utilizing data at the Edge; and Where are we heading and what does the future hold with Edge Computing in the Permian Basin and beyond. This in-depth panel of experts will cover these Edge topics and more. Bring your questions, challenges and ideas and join this exchange of real-time knowledge and information.



Moderator J.L. Betts, VP Sales & Business Development – RAD North America, Serves on the ENTELEC Technical Committee. Previous experience includes providing senior leadership as VP Sales, with a deep technical knowledge and prior experience in Business Development, Regional Sales, Consulting that includes Sales Leadership and Mentoring in both the Critical Infrastructure and Service Provider markets.





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