Tuesday, August 10, 2021

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Using Energy Company Assets for Deployment and Monetization of Fiber Optic Communications Infrastructure

Room: 370 A

Wes Wright, Keller and Heckman LLP & Casey Lide, Keller and Heckman LLP

With extensive public and private easements and pipeline facilities, often located in areas without existing high-capacity communications infrastructure, energy companies are uniquely positioned to partner in the expansion of fiber optic communications infrastructure.   A bartering arrangement is one possibility, as fiber infrastructure can support energy companies’ own communications and SCADA requirements.

Engaging potential telecommunications partners can also enable ENTELEC member companies to (1) develop an additional revenue source; and, (2) help provide a beneficial service (and associated economic development) to their surrounding communities, where personnel and their families may live. 

Partnerships between telecommunications carriers and energy companies could take various forms.  Fiber infrastructure could be constructed primarily to support the critical infrastructure company’s own communications purposes, with excess capacity being leased to one or more telecommunications companies.   In some circumstances it could be constructed by a wholesale or retail telecommunications company, with a few strands reserved for the exclusive use of the energy company.  Revenue sharing may be an option as well without subjecting the energy company to the regulatory compliance burdens typically associated with a telecommunications carrier.

Energy companies – or their telecommunications partners – might also take advantage of a variety of federal and state broadband funding opportunities.   Many of these grant and loan programs are largely directed toward rural, remote or Tribal communities that are not well-served by current communications infrastructure – but which may be located near energy company pipelines or other facilities.

This presentation will bring a high-level legal and policy perspective to this issue.  We will review several communications infrastructure development models that have worked elsewhere and that might be useful in the energy context as well.   We will also briefly describe some of the federal broadband funding opportunities.  

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions.  He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations.  He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules.  He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service. Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC.  He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings. Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions.  He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation.  Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process.  He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

 

Casey Lide represents clients on a broad range of communications matters including telecommunications, cable television, broadband Internet access service, wireless communications, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to community broadband initiatives.

Casey counsels public- and private-sector clients on contract drafting and negotiation matters, including fiber optic IRUs and leases, easements, franchises, attachment agreements, ISP service agreements, interconnection and collocation agreements, strategic MoUs and others.   

He collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering, and other technical experts, assisting government entity and utility clients in making comprehensive telecommunications and cable plans, developing state-of-the-art communications systems, and complying with state and federal communications regulations and entry requirements.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Casey was in private practice at a boutique Washington, DC telecommunications law firm and held policy-oriented positions with communications and internet research organizations and non-profits, as well as with an internet security and identity management company.

Benefits, Considerations, and Examples of Kepware/Azure/ThingWorx Edge Architectures

Room: 370 B

Steve Sponseller, Kepware/PTC & Kyle Carreau, Kepware/PTC

Are you not exactly sure of the benefits or the “how” of integrating your IoT solution with Microsoft Azure?  This discussion will explore what tools Azure provides and how you can take advantage of them and other COTS (Commercially Off The Shelf) tools to build out an effective and quick time-to-value SCADA/IoT strategy for your organization.   Leveraging structured data as part of the OPC UA specification will also be discussed.

Objectives:

  1. Understanding of the different components of the MSFT Azure stack
  2. Understanding of how other technologies can integrate into the Azure stack and the benefits of doing so
  3. Understanding of some of the more advanced features of OPC UA beyond Data Access. Security and Data Modeling will be discussed as well as HA and Alarms & Events

Category: IIoT/Field Communications

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Intended Audience: SCADA managers and people in Digital Transformation roles.

Stephen Sponseller is the Kepware Channel & Business Development Director, Americas at PTC.  He came to PTC via the Kepware acquisition, where he started in 2011 to grow Kepware’s Oil & Gas business and now leads a team that focuses on Kepware’s multiple Channel programs.  Starting his career in 1995, Steve has worked in the manufacturing, computer software, industrial automation, and information technology industries, serving a variety of vertical markets.  

 

Kyle Carreau is a Kepware Partner Enablement Engineer helping System Integrators architect various Kepware solutions that include enterprise wide connectivity systems, and cloud/edge deployments. He also creates various technical resources including: Whitepapers, “How-to” videos, monthly technical webinars, and thought leadership webinars with various Technology Partners. Prior to Kepware, Kyle was an Automation specialist for a Rockwell Distributor specializing in: PLCs, Information and SCADA S

 

 

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Enabling Power System Monitoring in the Digital Oil Field – Training by Morningstar Corporation

Room: 370 D

Brad Berwald, Morningstar Corporation

Explore a Morningstar-based approach to integrating core power system data both inside and outside the zone into your IT environment. Learn about new options from Morningstar – now offering an industry-first: Data-enabled PWM and MPPT controllers for 1000W+ HazLoc systems including support for SCADA, NMS. or IIoT integration. No matter the GUI or platform, we offer industry standard protocols to allow tight integration into any monitoring environment to gain greater insight and control over your power systems before problems arise.

Objectives:

1- Be able to select hardware required to fully implement data-enabled solar power system

2- Understand the supported protocols and front-end GUI options for integrating a Morningstar-based approach to digitizing power systems

3- Be able to implement data-based decision making into everyday operations to minimize opex and improve system uptime

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Brad has over 15 years of technical experience in the RE power electronics industry with Morningstar Corporation. His expertise in Global Account Management, Technical Marketing & Training, as well as product development, has enabled him to grow and take on many new challenges at Morningstar.  In his current role as Senior Product Manager, Brad is helping Morningstar grow its international business and guide its product portfolio.

 

 

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

The New Era in Global Competition: Hybrid Warfare in the Oil and Gas Industry

Room: 371 A

Casey Fleming, BlackOps Partners CEO

The world has changed dramatically in a very short time. Learn the forces behind this change and what you and your company must do to survive and thrive. A MUST for every executive!

 

Casey Fleming serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackOps Partners Corporation, the global

leader in delivering strategic risk, strategy, and real-time intelligence to today’s forward-thinking business,

government, and academic leaders.

Mr. Fleming is a widely recognized top expert, thought leader, and visionary on issues related to strategic risk

and strategy. He is a recognized worldwide keynote speaker and advisor for risk, strategy, economic

espionage, IP theft, cybersecurity, critical adversarial intelligence, great power competition, unrestricted

hybrid warfare, and the gray zone. He focuses on leveraging risk and strategy into competitive advantage.

Mr. Fleming co-developed Invictus Gen4Ò the adaptive risk and strategy modeling platform for identifying and

mitigating unseen risk within companies and supply chains while identifying opportunities to compete more

effectively.

  • TEDx Talk – Asymmetric Hybrid Warfare: ‘On the Frontlines of a War You Don’t Know About’
  • American Thought Leaders – ‘China’s Communist Party Uses All Sectors to Wage War on the U.S.’
  • Cybersecurity Professional of the Year, Cybersecurity Excellence Awards
  • Founding Managing Director, IBM Global Services, Cybersecurity Division, currently IBM Security
  • Former senior executive with IBM, IBM Global Services, Deloitte Consulting, Good Technology

Mr. Fleming regularly advises senior leadership within the private sector, Congress, DOJ, FBI, ODNI, NCSC,

The White House, government agencies, the military, and academia on risk, strategy, security, cybersecurity,

cloud, adversarial intelligence, and issues concerning national security.

Mr. Fleming earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and later served as an

instructor with IBM’s internal MBA program. He has participated in executive programs with Harvard

Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and IBM Corporation.

BlackOps Partners Corporation

Washington, DC

Black Ops Partners website

contact@blackopspartners.com

 

 

Demystifying Wireless Communication Options

Room: 370 A 

GE speaker being confirmed

As utilities look toward expanding their modernization efforts, the number of wireless communication options to choose from can be overwhelming and confusing.  We will examine the pros and cons of the various wireless options including licensed, unlicensed, and LTE (public, FirstNet, CBRS, 900MHz band 8).

Objectives:

  1. Examine various wireless communication options available including the frequency spectrum they operate on
  2. Explore the pros and cons of each wireless option
  3. Discuss common Q&A involved in selecting wireless communications options

Category: IIoT/Field Communications

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in an overview of the wireless communications options available and help understanding advantages of each.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Room: 371 A

Geoffrey Cann, Author and Consultant for Digital Transformation in  Oil & Gas

Volatile commodity prices, rapidly growing alternative fuels like renewables, the permanent swing from peak oil to super abundance, shifting consumer preferences, and global pressures to decarbonize suggest a challenged industry for the foreseeable future. Digital advances offer ways to lower costs of production, improve productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and regain public confidence. A wait-and-see attitude to digital innovation has failed many industries already, and the leaders of oil and gas urgently need guidance on how digital both disrupts and enhances their industry. In this presentation, Geoffrey describes the size and scale of both the opportunity and the threat from digital, identifies the key digital technologies and the role that they play in a digital future, and recommends a set of actions for leaders to take to accelerate the adoption of digital in the business. He provides an independent and expert perspective of the impacts of digital across the breadth of the industry and outlines a roadmap to help the decision-makers at all levels of the industry take meaningful action toward promising and rewarding digital adoption.

Geoffrey Cann is an author, trainer, podcaster, publisher and consultant to the Oil and Gas industry. Following an early career with Imperial Oil, he became a partner at Deloitte, where he carried out hundreds of consulting assignments in Canada, the US, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the Caribbean over a 30 year career. Today, he specializes in digital innovation in Oil and Gas, teaches a 1-day seminar on digital oil and gas, produces a weekly article and podcast on digital issues in energy, and has published his first book, Bits, Bytes and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas.

 

Decarbonization and Safety for Gas Distribution Systems

Room: 370 A (D)

Rémi Demerlé, LoRa Alliance

LoRaWAN® technology is demonstrating a particularly strong and rapid growth in the metering business across the globe. Next to water and electricity metering, gas metering makes up a large segment with companies around the globe rolling out networks to better streamline gas infrastructure and monitoring. To illustrate how LoRaWAN technology can be successful in these processes, LoRa Alliance member companies operating in countries such as China, India and on the European continent will present their real-life use cases. This presentation is delivered to you by the Smart Utilities & Metering work group within the LoRa Alliance.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how LoRaWAN is a strong technology for decarbonization and gas safety
  2. Prove how LoRaWAN provides Lowest Power and TCO
  3. Show examples of solutions available in US for connecting gas meters, gas valve, gas detectors and flood detection to prevent risk

Category: IIoT/Field Communications

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: This presentation is targeted at delivering interesting insights for any end customer wanting to better understand how to optimize their gas infrastructure, operations, network deployment, metering process, and data collection/analytics. As LoRaWAN is capable of running on both public and private networks, enterprises of any sort can benefit greatly from the insights shared by LoRa Alliance members. Enterprise professionals looking for OPEX & CAPEX cost management and reduction, roll-out challenges and solutions, smoother industrial processes and optimizing operations, and to prove ROI, will benefit from this presentation. Additionally, System Integrators will gain access to a broad eco-system of LoRaWAN players needed to deploy full end-to-end solutions that run on LoRaWAN certified and secure devices.

Rémi Demerlé is the Marketing Director at Semtech for the LoRa ecosystem, the working group leader for the vertical of Smart Utilities in the LoRa Alliance and is a board member of the DLMS User Association. From Hewlett Packard, Renesas, Sierra Wireless, and Telenor Connexion, to Semtech, Rémi has accumulated experience in M2M and IoT with leadership in marketing, alliance partnerships and business development across two main verticals, telematics in automotive and smart metering.

 

A Private LTE/IIoT Guide – Leveraging New Spectrum, Offerings, and Solutions

Room: 370 B (E )

Louis Lambert, IoTALTE Inc.

Industrial companies such as Oil and Gas, Electrical Utilities, Mining, and Rail are engaged in their most significant digital transformation decade.   At the core of this transformation is the need for a new LTE-based network, combining private and public LTE/IIoT to deliver secure, reliable, predictable, multi-service connectivity.  The new industrial-grade network and associated tools must offer always-on connectivity for fixed, nomadic, and mobile sensors, people, and machines. The new network must also integrate with legacy 2-way, Wi-Fi, and SCADA systems. This session is brand/technology agnostic and takes a consultative approach to the challenges the industry is facing and the opportunity it offers today and in the future.

Objectives:

  • Review how Private LTE/IIoT can provide a competitive advantage and the benefits to your company
  • Review the current state today of private LTE/IoT network capabilities and solutions
  • Propose simple steps in the preparation to architect, design, deploy and operate a private/public LTE network locally, globally and at scale

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Private/public LTE/IIoT networks are the key to the digital transformation and of great importance to OT/IT service delivery and their business unit clients. You are interested in understanding how private/public LTE networks can easily be planned, deployed, and operated to deliver better Quality of Experience and a competitive edge to your company.

Louis is the President of IoTALTE, a digital transformation consulting company focused on the industrial market. Louis is also the CRO at Cheetah Networks, the company that developed the industry’s first Actionable Real-Time IoT Network Analytics. Prior to Cheetah, Louis was SVP Marketing and Bus. Dev. at Redline Communications Inc., where he developed the company’s Service Provider, Oil & Gas, and Mining markets.  Louis publishes a telecom blog and serves on the board of Entelec. 

 

 

Cloud Security for Critical Infrastructure Verticals

Room: 370 D

Brundaban Sahoo, Motorola Solutions

The aim of this session is to provide a practical reference to help enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers analyze the information security and privacy implications of cloud computing on their business. The class includes a list of steps, along with guidance and strategies, designed to help decision makers evaluate and compare the security and privacy elements of cloud service offerings from different cloud providers in key areas. When considering a move to cloud computing, customers must have a clear understanding of potential security benefits and risks associated with cloud computing, and set realistic expectations with their cloud service providers.

Objectives:

  1. Benefits of Hosted service offerings in Cloud Environment (Public vs Private Cloud)
  2. Address Security concerns in Cloud environment
  3. Financial and operational benefits for Cloud based computing including hybrid deployment models

Category: Cloud Applications

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience:  IT/OT / Security Engineers / Architects,  IT / OT Supervisors / Directors,  Network / Security Operation Center Admins, Business Decision Makers

Brandon Sahoo – Director of Broadband Business Development and Sales for Global Enterprise Market in Motorola Solutions; based out of Motorola Chicago office. 25+ years of experience in communication industry including last 10 years in Private LTE business globally for Motorola Public Safety & Enterprise Market. recently, focused on spearheading business development for E2E solution offerings in Critical Infra verticals like utilities, oil & gas, mining and other logistics verticals. Holds MS EE and Mgmt. degrees

 

 

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Regulatory and Technology Lunch & Committee Update

Room: 371 A 

ENTELEC RT Committee Leadership  

The ENTELEC Regulatory and Technology Update is an opportunity to learn about one of the most important ENTELEC membership benefits.  The ENTELEC Regulatory and Technology Committee was formed to address pressing regulatory developments of interest to ENTELEC’s membership. This is your opportunity to come hear the latest updates from the different subcommittees: IIoT, Cyber Security, Spectrum and FCC/Towers. All Members of ENTELEC are eligible and encouraged to join the Regulatory & Technology Committee.

ENTELEC Regulatory and Technology Committee Chairs – Wes Wright, Keller & Heckman LLP; Cory Moffat, Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC 

  • Compliance / Spectrum Committee Chairs – Greg Kunkle, Keller & Heckman, LLP; Al Sinopoli, Chevron
  • FCC / Towers Committee Chair – Cory Moffat, Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC; Kim Kobbe, Cerento
  • Cyber Security Committee Chair – Dan Nagala, UTSI, Mike Tillman, Williams
  • Industrial IOT Committee Chair – Daniel Quant, Multi-Tech Systems, Billy Hayes, Williams

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

A Tunnel-Free Edge Connectivity Strategy

Room: 370 A

Jason Plante, Juniper Networks

Mark Walker, Juniper Networks

Conventional approaches for connecting edge locations for oil and gas companies, especially those with constrained bandwidth, have proven problematic.  This includes offshore and onshore remote edge sites, where reliable connectivity represents a challenge for the most astute network planner.
Innovative solutions should be examined that can improve the reliability, security and efficiency of connectivity for a comprehensive, edge connectivity strategy.

Objectives:

  1. Advantages of a Tunnel-Free Edge
  2. How Session Aware Connectivity Delivers Value
  3. Global Deployment Insights”

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: Any network planner responsible for edge connectivity strategy. Those responsible for edge security will also benefit.

Jason Plante: Senior Network Engineer

 

 

 

 

Mark Walker: Senior Account Executive

 

 

 

 

The Importance of a System Lifecycle View of Wireless Networks for Critical Industries

Room: 370 B

Ishaq Mian, Redline Communications

A system lifecycle view of wireless networks, including private LTE, will be presented. How such an approach towards building and operating these networks improves the chances of success in achieving the critical industry’s digital transformation objectives will be discussed.

Objectives:

  • Discuss risks which can derail digital transformation objectives by impacting deployment and/or reliable operation of wireless networks.
  • Present a system lifecycle view of wireless networks.
  • Discuss how risks to successful deployment and reliable operation of wireless networks can be mitigated via a system lifecycle-based approach.

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: All Levels

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

Ishaq Mian, VP Sales & Support Engineering, leads the solutions engineering and management teams to align Redline’s products and services solutions to customers’ business needs and challenges. Ishaq has over two decades of industrial telecom experience with manufacturers and direct end users. Ishaq is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University and holds an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business and an MEng in Computer Networks from Ryerson University in Toronto.

 

 

Washington Roundtable – Presented by Keller & Heckman

Room: 371 A

Wes Wright, Keller & Heckman,LLP & Greg Kunkle, Keller & Heckman. LLP

Join Wes Wright and Greg Kunkle as they lead an interactive roundtable discussion of the latest news and developments from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They will discuss regulatory and political activities coming out of Washington DC that impact the industry.

Category: FCC/Towers and Regulatory

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions.  He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations.  He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules.  He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service. Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC.  He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings. Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions.  He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation.  Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process.  He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

 

 

Gregory Kunkle practices in the area of telecommunications, with an emphasis on assisting corporate clients and trade associations with various legal and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Kunkle regularly counsels critical infrastructure companies, such as electric utilities, oil and gas companies, and railroads, public safety agencies, and commercial providers regarding FCC wireless licensing and compliance issues.  He assists clients in identifying and acquiring wireless spectrum through a variety of means, including spectrum leasing, purchase and sale of licenses, and the FCC’s auction process. His spectrum acquisition practice spans all of the FCC’s wireless frequency allocations, including the 220 MHz band, AMTS (217/219 MHz), VHF/UHF Part 22 Paging, the 1.4 GHz band, Part 90 800/900 MHz bands, MAS, the 2.5 GHz EBS/BRS band, and the 700 MHz band. Mr. Kunkle counsels clients that become involved in the FCC’s enforcement process including by responding to and vigorously defending against complaints and investigations and, where appropriate, negotiating settlements with the Commission. His practice also involves supporting companies seeking equipment authorizations before the FCC as well as license-exempt operation under part 15 of the FCC’s rules. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Kunkle was an attorney at a boutique Washington, DC telecommunications law firm where he counseled a wide range of clients including wireless and wireline service providers (e.g., resellers and prepaid providers), with FCC compliance issues.  Mr. Kunkle assisted carrier clients with complex compliance matters before the FCC including issues regarding USF, slamming, enhanced services and related issues and aided a variety of clients, including carriers and end users, with transactional matters. Mr. Kunkle is a frequent speaker on wireless regulatory issues at major telecommunications conferences throughout the United States and contributes regularly to industry publications. Mr. Kunkle is the President of the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) and a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

 

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Data Science and the Principles of Industry 4.0 Applied to Oil and Gas Pipeline Operations – by AVEVA

Room: 370 D

Kevin Mackie, AVEVA

Industry 4.0 and the related data science disciplines that help drive it are covered daily in popular and industry press. This presentation describes how data science can be used by oil and gas pipeline operators to improve safety and efficiency of operations. The presentation highlights key concepts and their application in specific use cases.

Objectives:

  • The listener will learn definitions of key concepts related to Industry 4.0 and Data Science
  • The listener will learn how these concepts can be mapped to Oil and Gas pipelines
  • The listener will see concrete examples of these applications to understand how they are applied

Category: SCADA Integration and Data Analytics

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Intended Audience: The intended audience would be oil and gas pipeline asset management staff who would like to understand how data can be leveraged to lower costs and reduce risks.

Kevin Mackie has been working in the Oil and Gas Pipeline SCADA industry since 1993 and holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne. He is currently an Enterprise Solution Architect for AVEVA.

 

 

 

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Actionable Real-Time IoT Network Analytics

Room: 370 A

Louis Lambert, Cheetah Networks

Every industrial market is engaged in the most significant transformation in decades. This is especially evident in the energy verticals: oil & gas, electrical utilities, and mining. At the core of this transformation is the need for a new secure, reliable, predictable multi-service network and tools that deliver industrial-grade, always-on, network access for people and machines on the move. Merely having an operational network is no longer sufficient. Actionable, real-time network analytics enables the needed increased reliance on the network without increasing the risks. By leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, IoT network analytics can become a critical tool to save time, money, and perhaps even lives.

Objectives:

  • Review why actionable real-time IoT network analytics is becoming a necessity
  • Describe how real-time network analytics will help automate networks and deliver better Quality of Experience
  • Look ahead at the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate network self-healing

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: All Levels

Intended Audience: The Quality of Experience of the digital transformation networks is a matter of OT/IT service delivery and the business unit client. You are interested in understanding how ML/AI and Analytics can help automate networks to deliver better Quality of Experience.

Louis is CRO at Cheetah Networks, which developed the industry’s first actionable real-time IoT network analytics solution. Before Cheetah, Louis was SVP Marketing and Business Development at Redline Communications, where he developed the company’s service provider, oil & gas, and mining markets. Louis publishes a telecom blog, serves on the board of ENTELEC, and is the founder and President of IoTALTE, a digital industrial transformation consulting company.

 

 

 

Remote Monitoring Considerations and Best Practices for Edge Compute Sites

Room: 370 B

Ashish Moondra, Chatsworth Products & Jim Wilson, ZPE Systems

Recent global events have increased the need for remote monitoring of data centers with limited or no personnel, and complete control of the network has never been more important. Add to that the recent, rapid increase of network deployments at the edge and it becomes easier to recognize the importance of developing a strategy that integrates power solutions, specifically intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) and power control, into your deployment plan, regardless of project or application type.

Join Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Sr. Product Manager, Ashish Moondra and ZPE Systems, Jim Wilson, to learn about the how the integration of intelligent PDUs into your network can help you make better, fast

Objectives:

  1. Understand how the use of power monitoring features and environmental sensors on Intelligent PDUs provide easy management and control of edge data centers
  2. Understand the use of serial numbers to provide connectivity through Ethernet, LTE or VSAT, to add networking layers for LTE failover and to control rig environmental 
  3. Get a glimpse of a “rig of the future” with efficient and reliable connectivity

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Edge project owners, IT, OT, ACE, technical, contractor, project managers

Ashish Moondra has a total of 20 years of experience developing, managing and selling rack power distribution, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), energy storage and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions. Ashish has previously worked with American Power Conversion, Emerson Network Power and Active Power, and has been an expert speaker at various data center forums.

 

 

Jim Wilson knows how to make business succeed with better networking. For more than 25 years, Jim has taken a hands-on approach to help design out-of-band, failover, & other network solutions for global Fortune 500 companies. He led regional services for a major  storage provider in the U.S., and his skillset in hardware & software prove invaluable to the success of ZPE’s customers.

 

 

 

 

Transitioning to a Kinetic Mesh for Maximizing Oil Field Digital Communications

Room: 371 A

Al Rivero, Rajant

Does your current oil field communications technology strategy meet your growing field area network needs? Does your current network design have the built-in redundancy needed to ensure no network downtime? Is obsolete technology putting your infrastructure at risk?

Attend this session to find out how an oil & gas end user transitioned to an outdoor wireless Kinetic Mesh network solution with built in redundancy that leverages industrial grade rugged technology.  They are now experiencing maximum operational efficiency, time and cost savings, real-time decision making at the edge, as well as more proactive and predictive maintenance scheduling.

The discussion will include:

  • Solution evaluation: Defining project requirements
  • Selection process: Mapping requirements to the best technology
  • Wireless Kinetic Mesh network overview
  • Execution plan implementation
  • Uses and benefits being realized today
  • Lessons learned and what’s next

Objectives:

  • How to setup Kinetic Mesh in Oil Field Operation Requirements, Setup and Testing
  • Actual Applications Secure Telemetry Secure Mobility (Tablets, Phones) Ability to use WIFI Calling
  • Performance of system and reliability on MESH

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Level of Presentation: All levels

Intended Audience: Network architects, instrumental electrical technicians, SCADA managers, security professionals.

 

As the Vice President of Global Energy at Rajant, Mr. Rivero is responsible for working and engaging with clients who seek to implement a secure, reliable IIoT and mobility strategy for their Oil & Gas operations. He works closely with the clients to develop a strategic technology transition plan that ensures a reliable and secure migration of technologies. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Rivero has over 30 years of experience in various roles, ranging from staff engineer and project manager to operations management and technology management within the Chevron companies. He also has extensive IT/OT integration project experience having worked with SAP, JDE, ESRI and a variety of automation and SCADA/DCS solutions for upstream, midstream refining, and petrochemical.

 

 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

Edge Computing Vendor Shoot Out Panel Discussion

Room: 371 A

Moderator: JL Betts, ENTELEC Technical Committee  

From legacy SCADA wireless serial networks, then Ethernet connectivity at the remote site, and now Edge Computing demands.  This Vendor Shoot Out will discuss  – How do companies decouple these SCADA networks while simultaneously making these networks both scalable and secure?

 

Moderator: J.L. Betts is Vice President of Sales for RAD Inc. which is a manufacture with over 40 years of experience that addresses all communications needs of the energy, utilities, transportation and government sectors.  We provide best-of-breed solutions for cyber-secure IIoT, operational WAN, Virtualization/CPE, Edge computing, Smart/Safe City deployments, TDM to Packet migration, distance Teleprotection and distribution automation.