Tuesday Education

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome Coffee Kickoff; Innovations Lab Explained 

Room: 361 F&C

ENTELEC is proud to feature the Live Innovations Lab for Energy Companies. This discussion will introduce and explain the Innovations Lab that will take place in the exhibit hall on Wednesday and Thursday. Come hear and see the live demonstrations of use-cases that will help you build solutions for your problems today and prepare for tomorrow.

Billy Hayes
ENTELEC President
Doug Miller
ENTELEC Board   
Jonathan Shawhart

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

OT Industrial Security Workshop by Fortinet

See Training page for more details…


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Justifying Early Cybersecurity Threat Detection and Response for Control Systems/OT – Silver Scribe 1st Place Winner

Room: 360 D

Leo Kershteyn, Honeywell (originally: Mohammed Saad, Honeywell)

Oil and gas pipelines and terminals are increasingly targeted for cyber-attacks. Breaches affecting operational assets can have potentially serious safety, environmental or economic impact. An effective operational technology (OT) cybersecurity strategy needs to be put in place to mitigate the threats. So how do we get there? During this time, we’ll cover the following:

  • Challenges faced by the pipelines and terminals sector
  • What peers are doing to improve cyber resilience
  • Strategies to consider for a cybersecurity program
  • Technologies for efficient cyber operations

Session Objectives:

Today’s Operating Context: Destabilizing threats are increasing OT cybersecurity risk

Getting Execution Right: Implementing OT cybersecurity and achieving results requires domain expertise and the right technology

Putting It Together: Defense-in-depth strategy to protect people, process, and technology

What Industry Peers Are Doing in Midstream: Installing an enterprise-wide approach to OT cybersecurity

Intended Audience: C-Level Executives, Cybersecurity Officers, IT, and anyone else concerns of the threats that can impact their organization.

Category: Cyber Security

About the Speaker

Leo Kershteyn has over 15 years’ experience in product management of IT and OT related security software and services.  Leo graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an Electrical Engineering degree as well as an MBA from SUNY at Albany.  Leo also attained CISSP and GICSP security certifications.  Leo resides in Atlanta along with his family and a Boston terrier named Charlie (named after Charlie Chaplin).

Private 4G/5G Networks – Spectrum Options and Technology Considerations – Silver Scribe 2nd Place Winner

Room: 360 E

Robert Finch, Select Spectrum; Mauricio Subieta, Nokia

Energy production companies have built private networks using narrowband industrial radio systems and frequencies for years, and such systems remain a good option. In addition, after years of spectrum scarcity, utilities and other critical infrastructure companies now have several alternative bands to choose from as they consider private networks systems – including up to six 4G/5G frequency bands.

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify the six different spectrum bands that are most likely to be available for ENTELEC members to support private 4G and 5G networks. Describe the relative availability, advantages and disadvantages of each band.
  2. Discuss the current and planned applications and technology available for 4G and 5G wireless networks.
  3. Describe the ecosystem of equipment and devices available and planned for each of the bands.

Intended Audience: technical and business leadership at energy organizations

Category: Network Engineering

About the Speakers

Robert Finch is the president and founder of Select Spectrum. The company provides spectrum marketing and brokerage services to organizations seeking to acquire, sell or lease spectrum licenses. Select Spectrum also provides consulting services to a variety of parties interested in spectrum licenses. Bob holds engineering degrees from U.C. Davis and Stanford.
Dr. Mauricio Subieta is the Energy CTO for North America, leads the Industrial Cyber Security Program and is the technical lead for the Private Wireless Networks (LTE and 5G) Nokia’s Enterprise division focused on the energy segment including electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining. Dr. Subieta’s areas of research and expertise cover next generation wired and wireless networking architectures (5G), network traffic characterization and optimization, protocol design, system development, etc.

Process Data Historians – Getting the Most Out of the Data That Drives Your Process and Strategy

Room: 361 F&C

Allen Ray, IntegrateLive & Clint Montgomery, Boardwalk Pipeline

Edge, Site, Enterprise, Cloud… Process data historians seamlessly connect your organization. The proliferation of time series data has amplified the need for more powerful database solutions and intuitive visualization tools for operators and executives alike. Join this session to learn more about MQTT, data historian trends, and the solutions that are driving increases in efficiency.
This session will cover some architecture and deployment best practices for data historians using MQTT, and it will also include micro case study examples from end users that are relying on historians to demystify process data for better insights.

Session Objectives:

  • To explain the concept of historian architectures using MQTT and the associated benefits in development.
  • To highlight the important considerations in the creation of asset models for dynamic population and the auto discovery of new equipment.
  • To examine use cases in the oil & gas industry where process data historians are used to optimize operating hours and downtime, increase the simplicity and reliability of operational data calculations, and enhance analytics and event monitoring through machine learning.

Intended Audience: 

  • Software engineers and developers
  •  IT professionals interested in historian database architectures and visualization tools
  •  Anyone involved in the development and deployment of software solutions for industrial settings
  • Engineers, operators, and managers that deal with process control and automation

Category: SCADA

About the Speakers

Allen Ray serves as the Co-Founder and technical guide of IntegrateLive, a community of automation change-makers whose mission is to foster collaboration among industry experts, drive innovation and create value for community members and their respective companies. In addition to his role with IntegrateLive, Allen is consulting with 3M’s senior leadership as an Operational Technology Security Architect.
Clint is a Reliability and Data Analytics Engineer for Boardwalk Pipelines.
Clint is graduate of Kettering University (BSME), and has experience in the manufacturing, mining and oil & gas industries.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Applying a Zero Trust Mindset to Securing Industrial Control Systems

Room: 360 D

Carlos Sanchez, Fortinet Inc.

For many industrial control systems (ICS), trust has historically been assumed.  Given the long-term use of these assets, any ICS designed was presumed the that asset owner and manufacturers knew what should and should not be trusted as critical to their systems.  As we enter an era of zero trust, we move from presumed trust to assumed breached where nothing is trusted without verification and minimal access is granted.  Zero trust introduces challenges that impact the use of legacy equipment, remote access for OEMs and integrators, warranties for automation controls equipment and potential disruption to processes.  During this session, experts from Fortinet will review a path forward for deploying zero trust across OT and IT environments.

Session Objectives:

Understanding that zero trust is a mindset, not a product to buy

Aligning zero trust with your cybersecurity strategy and chosen framework like IEC 62443, NIST-CF and others

Integrating zero trust with the people, process and technology investments

Intended Audience: Technology leaders responsible for securing ICS and SCADA systems across the Oil/Gas ecosystem.

Category: Cyber Security

About the Speaker

Carlos-Raul Sanchez is a technologist with 32 years of experience in network, telecommunications, and critical infrastructure security. Carlos specializes in simplifying complex business problems with a pragmatic application of technology. With master’s degrees in computer science, business administration, and a wide range of experience ranging from US Air Force, DOD contractor, and O&G IT security, he is known for securing critical infrastructure worldwide. He spent 15 years leading teams secure.

Wireless Hybrid Networks Using Mixed Technologies – the Future of Oil & Gas Field Communications

Room: 360 E

Dan Steele, Hitachi Energy

Increasingly, Oil & Gas companies are deploying intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) Remote Terminal Units (RTU’s) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) and other smart apparatus on Oil & Gas (O & G) well pads along with (Saltwater Disposal sites) SWD and LACT (Local Area Custody Transfer) units and Gas Pipelines. As well as equipping O & G field workers with laptop, tablet and handheld computers. They are also installing specialized edge computers and MQTT software

on Oil & Gas Pad locations, plus enterprise software applications in their data centers to automate various facets of utility operations. These technologies are often labeled Smart Field. They enable valuable applications such as SCADA and IT information, Oil & Gas Well au

Session Objectives:

1) Understanding SCADA Wireless components and types

2) The different types of wireless products typically seen in an Oil & Gas Field

3) New technology and capabilities using a hybrid solution to bring legacy hardware devices into a new communication network easily without a forklift replacement.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in learning basic RF characteristics, different communication devices that can be used and how most Oil & Gas field communications is a mix of several manufactures and technologies to help field personal access WiFi, SCADA, video, VoIP, software diagnostic and other communication needs in the field.

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speaker

Daniel G. Steele is the wireless specialist for the Oil & Gas market for Hitachi Energy (formerly ABB) in North America. Dan Steele has more than 35 years’ experience selling communication products for SCADA networks in the oil and gas, water & wastewater, electric utilities, railroad, robotic, irrigation, mining, traffic and process control instrumentation markets. Some of Steele’s previous experience includes, VP/Director of Sales for Automation-X, Global Market Leader for Xetawave, LLC, Direct.

Multi-Application Use of Edge Compute in Large Scale Midstream Operations

Room: 361 A

Andrew Hinz, Stratus Technologies  & Charles Smith, Williams Companies

The attendee will learn by real world use cases lessons learned how to implement edge computing strategies. The listener will learn how the business can leverage multiple application to drive operational efficiencies, collect and analyze real-time data to improve decision making, manage and have real-time control and visualizations of midstream operations leading for increased safety, performance, and cost savings.

Edge compute technology can be used in midstream facilities for a variety of applications such as predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance, machine learning for process automation, cybersecurity for secure data and cloud-based network connectivity, asset tracking and visualization of critical operations, and process visualization for plantwide operations.

Session Objectives:

Education on Edge Compute
Use cases in remote areas
Multi applications on edge compute

Intended Audience: SCADA/Automation 

Category: Automation

About the Speakers

Andrew Hinz has 20 plus years’ experience in remote IT infrastructures, Industrial controls systems, remote data acquisition/analysis, wireless communication systems and remote video/audio applications. Andrew has developed and implemented new technologies in Upstream and Midstream of edge based solutions. Andrew holds 3 patents in electrical safety and monitoring technologies and is a co-publisher of peer reviewed electrical safety papers.
Charles Smith is a seasoned IT & OT professional with 27 years of experience in designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions for various industries such as agriculture, food manufacturing, and midstream energy sectors. Over the past 15 years, Charles has concentrated his expertise on edge data acquisition solutions and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) technologies, helping businesses harness the power of data for informed decision-making

A New Frontier for Wireless IoT – Understanding the Inflection Point in Oil & Gas Digitization Today

Room: 361 F&C

Daniel Quant, MultiTech

Digital oil fields are key to operational efficiency & profitability, particularly in volatile markets where commodity prices are dropping fast. Traditional approaches to control & process networks are changing & open standards-based wireless technologies & message-oriented middleware are taking hold, accelerating the digitization of stranded & underserved assets, removing silos & decoupling devices from applications. Edge-intelligence offers resiliency, efficiency, & remote orchestration for scale. Private-LTE/CBRS introduces low-latency broadband critical connectivity to the field, while LoRaWAN revolutionizes how low consequence data is captured & integrated to open data SCADA platforms & enterprise business systems.

Session Objectives:

Highlight practical examples and case studies.

Address how wireless convergence, edge intelligence and cloud integration is introducing new possibilities never before considered possible in the Oil and Gas sector.

Intended Audience: This session will highlight some of the new wireless options available today, how they can best service different organizational challenges, and how the industry is working to achieve levels of wireless convergence that are literally transforming networks – introducing new possibilities never before considered possible in the Oil and Gas sector.

Category: Digitalization

About the Speaker

Daniel Quant, Vice President of Strategic Development is responsible for identifying emerging business opportunities, while working closely with ecosystem partners & industry associations to accelerate these opportunities into defined vertical and geographical markets. He represents MultiTech in various standardization organizations and has more than 25 years of wireless & telecom experience. He currently serves as the Chair of ENTELEC Industrial IoT sub-committee.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Prevent the Possibility: A Case for Deception to Protect Against a Breach

Room: 360 D

Carlos Sanchez, Fortinet Inc.

Cyberattacks and threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and progressively more impactful. Cyber defense strategies can be deployed to protect against the various methods used to disrupt ICS availability. Whether you suspect a breach, feel your legacy systems create too much risk or your taking a proactive approach to improving your security posture, deception can be an approach for OT breach protection. As you advance your security strategy, you need the ability to detect, deflect and defeat known and unknown threats before the real damage is done.

Session Objectives:

The fundamental challenges posed by a cyberattack in operational environments

The road to improving your security posture through threat hunting and response

The role deception technologies can play, within an integrated security platform, to defend operations

Intended Audience: Leaders motivated to deploy strategies for prevent attack while monitoring the behavior of the attacker for continuous improvement of their prevention and response methods.

Category: Cyber Security

About the Speaker

Carlos-Raul Sanchez is a technologist with 32 years of experience in network, telecommunications, and critical infrastructure security. Carlos specializes in simplifying complex business problems with a pragmatic application of technology. With master’s degrees in computer science, business administration, and a wide range of experience ranging from US Air Force, DOD contractor, and O&G IT security, he is known for securing critical infrastructure worldwide. He spent 15 years leading teams secure.

Does 5G Make 4G Private LTE Networks Obsolete?

Room: 360 E

John Yaldwyn, 4RF USA, Inc

This is the decade where private LTE has become truly practical through available spectrum.  Despite the breadth of spectrum, the reality for potential private networks has limits.  This constrains potential network capacity and impacts possible use cases.  There is also a natural reluctance to invest in 4G when 5G is rapidly rolling out with commercial carriers, will a 4G private LTE network remain viable going forward?  There is a lot of hype when it comes to these important topics, this presentation will review the possible options. We’ll look at technology such as dynamic spectrum sharing which allows the coexistence of both 4G/5G end points and will make possible an ordered migration from 4G to 5G, extending the life of LTE devices.

Session Objectives:

Learn about frequency band availability and propagation characteristics.

What are the regulatory and capacity constraints?

Does 5G really change everything, let’s review.

Intended Audience: Those industry telecom staff considering the advantages of 4G private or shared LTE network infrastructure.

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speaker

John Yaldwyn is Chief Technology Officer and founder of 4RF. John focuses technical considerations of radio technology. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, he has a science degree and has done post graduate study in France at École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications. He is a member of the Victoria’s Engineering Faculty Advisory Board. John has previously worked at DMC Stratex (now Aviat) and in a New Zealand government science role.

Accommodating Increased Bandwidth Needs for the Oil & Gas Industry

Room: 360 F

Legacy FWA approaches were built with repurposed technologies that were not designed for scalable fixed access in mainstream markets. Enter ngFWA, purpose-built wireless technology that creates a completely new possibility for broadband. It offers all the fast-deployment advantages of FWA but now with the performance, capacity, and interference-rejection required to deliver reliable connectivity for homes and businesses at large scale, in challenging non-line-of-sight conditions, and even in unlicensed spectrum.  Join our presentation to learn how ngFWA is dramatically changing network possibilities within the Oil&Gas industry, and how it can save your organization money, time, and other valuable resources.

Session Objectives:

– Educate the industry about a new generation of game-changing wireless technology

– Answer questions about how this new tech can help them in their endeavors

– Share real use cases and stories of how ngFWA is already making an impact

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

Level of Presentation: Advanced

Intended Audience: Intended audience – Oil & Gas industry, primarily for those in charge of and involved in field communications, deploying video in oil fields, managing SCADA networks, and deploying IIoT.

About the Speaker

Mr. Tim Jaeger is a 25-year veteran of the wireless industry.  Before joining with Tarana Wireless he was selling, designing and implementing wireless networks in the oil and gas vertical along with other industrial applications for 6 years. Past Speaking Experience: Tim has spoken in panels and other presentations at a variety of telecom related shows, ISHM, and most recently led a webinar for Tarana Wireless. He is more than capable to capture an audience.

Successful Integration of IOT Technologies in SCADA Systems

Room: 361 A

In this session participants will hear stories of successful IOT integration with existing SCADA systems. Specifically, the presentation will focus on what digital transformation means, without the hype, what technologies work in the field, which work in SCADA, and which are replaced. The presentation will cover failures and successes, providing lesson from both experiences.

Session Objectives:

1. Understand what digital transformation means for SCADA.
2. Learn what works from real deployments.
3. Learn what doesn’t work from real deployments.

Intended Audience: Anyone with field assets and a SCADA system. 

Category: IoT

About the Speaker

David Blanco is the Director of Technical Operations and Business Development for AUTOSOL. By listening to his clients and drawing on his years of SCADA experience, he creates solutions that solve problems with room for future growth. This gives him the ability to service customers by adapting AUTOSOL’s proven solutions to clients’ new challenges and demands. David has experience as an integrator and an industry writer. David holds a BA in Management Information Systems

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Regulatory and Technology Lunch & Committee Update – Open to all ENTELEC Members

Room: 361 F&C

ENTELEC RT Committee Leadership

Wes Wright, ENTELEC RT Committee Chairman

  • Industrial IOT Committee Chair – Daniel Quant, Multi-Tech Systems, Billy Hayes, Williams
  • Cyber Security Committee Chair – Dan Nagala, UTSI, Mike Tillman, Williams
  • 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

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. This 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 and ask questions: IIoT, Cyber Security, Spectrum and FCC/Towers. All Members of ENTELEC are eligible and encouraged to join the Regulatory & Technology Committee.

1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

LoRa 101 – A Technical Workshop Presented by MultiTech & Sync Automation

See Training Page for more details.

Best Practices in Building Mobile-Responsive Industrial Applications

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1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Control Room Management Applications Ensuring Safe and Secure Operation

Room: 360 D

Rene Varon, TORY Technologies, Inc.

This session will discuss how the control room management application have been supporting the operation of different assets across the entire energy industry, from pipelines to utilities, including Oil & Gas, power generation, power distribution, refining, petrochemical and mining.

Session Objectives:

Describe the importance to have structure processes and procedures to manage your control room.

Define and reinforce policies to ensure the processes and procedures at the control room are implemented and followed.

Illustrate how Control Room Management processes go beyond regulatory compliance and ensure a safe and secure operation of the assets.

Intended Audience: This presentation is intended for an audience of control room supervisors, operation managers, compliance officers and operation executives that want to learn more about the trends of the industry related to control room management, policies and applications.

Category: Control Room/Data Center

About the Speaker

Rene Varon, has an Bsc in Electronic Engineering, and a Master in Business Administration from the Bauer School of Business – University of Houston, currently is the President of Tory Technology, Inc. a Houston based company. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, specialized mainly in advanced software applications and measuring systems for pipelines & terminals.

Private Cellular Networks (4G & 5G) for Industrial Applications

Room: 360 E

Joel Albert, Industrial Networking Solutions; Colin Hass

Wireless Ethernet technologies such as Wi-Fi or low bandwidth 900 MHz networks are often challenging and cost-prohibitive to use in industrial applications.  In the last couple of years, Private Cellular Networks (Private 4G or 5G for short) network technology has emerged as an excellent alternative to these legacy systems.  Private Cellular Networks functions like a scaled-down version of a public cellular network, and it can be based on licensed, unlicensed, or shared spectrum. This technology breaks many legacy barriers associated with wireless technologies and allows a broader range, more mobility, better security, and fewer infrastructure components.

Session Objectives:

Learn fundamentals of private cellular networks

Discuss steps to implement a solution

Give real life application examples

Intended Audience: IT Infrastructure

ICS Engineer with Remote Assets

IT for Mobile Worker

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speaker

Joel Albert joined INS in 2010 and primarily focused on growing the networking field services business.  INS Services has grown to have 16 associates providing turnkey solutions for wired, wireless, software, and IoT solutions for the industrial and ruggedized vertical market.  Joel also manages the vendor relationship for Cisco, Inductive Automation, and Nokia.

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

Room: 360 F

Robert Ward, Kuva Systems

As of Fall 2022 the EPA is in consideration of an alternative working practice for continuous optical gas imaging which will augment or replace the current quarterly handheld inspections under Quad-Oa. The anticipation is that operators will be able to accelerate emission improvements at a far greater rate than is currently being achieved. The goal is to quickly find and fix these larger emissions and there is no better way than being able to see the emission in a photograph. In the case reviews, it will become apparent how continuous OGI (optical gas imaging) as a technology is the only way to find these emissions, determine the root cause, and intervene with corrective actions.

Session Objectives:

Understanding the new EPA rules

Why the big emissions are tough to find

Complexities in emission measurement/quantification

It is not impossible and it can be done in a cost scalable manner

Intended Audience: Executive suite, facility engineer, operator, measurement, EH&S rep, safety, production engineer, asset manager, regulatory professional

Category: emissions, methane mitigation, leak detection

About the Speaker

A native of Texas, Robert has been in the oil & gas industry for ~30 years, focusing on various technology initiatives in the realm of measurement operations, production optimization, SCADA, and connectivity.  He spent 15yrs with the introduction and adoption of Control Microsystems’ SCADAPack and ClearSCADA.  Since 2016, Robert has been active in accelerating adoption of new technologies such as LoRaWAN, and as of 2020 he joined Kuva Systems bringing about low cost optical methane imaging.

Accelerate the Digital Oil Journey with Agile Cloud Networking

Room: 361 F&C

Hansen Chan and Jaime Laguna, Nokia

In a rapidly change market, the oil & gas industry is becoming agile and adapting to meet challenges faster and more effectively. The key lies in accelerating the adoption of digital technology innovations. The latest innovations are data- and compute-intensive, and require a cloud-native environment across a cloud infrastructure comprising on-premises data center, local compute edge locations and the public cloud that connect to onshore and offshore assets. This session will explore an open cloud networking framework, including the data center network fabric, mission-critical field and wide area networks. It provides the foundation of an OT cloud, which enables agile, digital operations to thrive in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.

Session Objectives:

  1. The audience will be familiar with the paradigm of cloud computing
  2. The audience will learn about cloud networking requirements to support infrastructure cloudification
  3. The audience will learn about interoperability between cloud networking and IP/MPLS networking

Intended Audience: Operation manager and engineer, IT network leader and architect, Technical staff in CTO office

Category: Information Technology

About the Speakers

Hansen Chan is an IP Product Marketing Manager with a special focus on digital industries and government. He has worked with critical infrastructure network operators and telecom service providers worldwide for more than 30 years. His scope of expertise includes network design and consulting, product management and protocol testing.
Jaime Laguna is the Global Practice Segment Leader for Oil & Gas and Mining in Nokia. He has been working for Nokia 19 years, most of them dedicated into the Energy Segment. Before coming to the US, as Global Oil & Gas and Mining resource, he was Business Development Manager for South East Asia and later Asia Pacific region in the Energy segment, supporting Mining and Oil & Gas markets. Originally from Mexico, back in 2001, he was the Key Account Manager for Strategic Industries division, working directly with local and international EPC’s and Mexico’s Oil State Company. Main activities and projects are related to the development of Wireless Technologies, Telecom Packages for open pit and underground mines, offshore platforms, refineries and LNG Plants where Mission Critical Networks are required looking also into the development and interoperability of applications. He has a bachelor’s degree in Science in Electronic and Communications Engineering, with a Post Grad in Finance.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ensuring Interoperability Between LMR and Broadband

Room: 360 D

Madhusudan Pai, Motorola Solutions; Brundaban Sahoo, Motorola Solutions

Mission Critical Push To Talk (MCPTT) connects your teams over mobile broadband and also has the capability to connect via your existing LMR networks too. During this technical session, the Motorola Solutions’ experts will discuss how these technologies converge and provide interoperability across your systems.

Session Objectives:

Discover why Utilities need interoperability when adopting private LTE solutions

Uncover the layers of interoperability opportunity across your systems

Explore interoperability with the ecosystem of end user devices

Learn about the evolution of MCPTT Technology and 3GPP Standards

Intended Audience: Teams that need to connect over mobile broadband and existing LMR networks.

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speaker

Madhusudan Pai (Madhu) is a business, technology and cybersecurity leader in the broadband communications domain. He has played leadership roles across development, project management, system engineering, technology maturation, solution architecture, cybersecurity and product management. He is a Distinguished Innovator with 17 patents and a member of 2 patent committees at MSI. In his current role, he is the Chief Architect, Cybersecurity & Technology Owner for MSI’s Unified Communications portfolio.
Brundaban Sahoo is MSSSI Vice President of Sales for Motorola Solutions’ Private LTE/5G business “Nitro”. 25+ years of experience in the communication industry; last 10 years in Private LTE & Video business globally for Motorola Public Safety & Enterprise Market. Recently, focused on spearheading Private LTE/5G Go-to-Market sales for End-to-End solution offerings in verticals like education, safe city, utilities, oil & gas, mining and other enterprise verticals. Holds Masters in both Electrical Engg and Management degrees.

Digital Oil Operations – How IoT is Changing the Landscape of Data-Driven Decisions

Room: 360 E

Chris Taylor, FreeWave Technologies;

Today, technology gives us essential insight and access to more data than ever. Data means decisions, and with more information at our fingertips, we can naturally create better, faster decisions in and around the field.

As the oil industry continues to go digital, IoT technology helps us to operate with a smarter network. Making better informed decisions with near real-time data points from the live network. From drilling rigs to pipelines, operating with a smarter network is essential for effective production.

Session Objectives:

  1. How IoT can increase productivity of an oil operation
  2. Leveraging the best of IoT connectivity solutions with legacy networks
  3. What the future of IoT means for the oil and gas industry

Intended Audience: If you’re responsible for your network health and optimization, this session will help you gain an understanding of how the innovations in IoT can help you solve today’s, and tomorrow’s, issues.

Category: IoT

About the Speaker

Chris Taylor has been in the product arena for some time. His focus on innovation and experience in IoT places him squarely as a subject matter expert. Currently leading the product lifecycle of FreeWave Technology innovation, Chris ensures customers can take advantage of the latest in connectivity options while benefiting from the data that IoT solutions provide every day decision making.

Industrial Autonomy and Net Zero Emission Goals

Room: 360 F

John Colpo, Honeywell

Future-proofing operations require strong alignment with two capital-competing initiatives – industrial autonomy and net zero emissions goals. The good news is, that both autonomous operations and net zero goals hold key synergies that yield substantial benefits from being executed concurrently.

Gain insight into where to invest your time and capital on the journey to autonomous operations, while simultaneously leapfrogging toward your net zero emissions goals.

Session Objectives:

Future of autonomous operations

Key anticultural components of an enterprise system

Protentional net zero considerations for system implementation

Intended Audience: Engineers, Owners, Operators, C-Level

Category: Automation

About the Speaker

John is Strategic Marketing Leader for Pipelines, LNG and Terminals at Honeywell Process Solutions, a division of Honeywell Inc. John has 37 years’ experience in OT and IT as used in oil & gas upstream, midstream and gas distribution including project engineering and R&D engineering manager through the formative decades of the SCADA industry and model based simulation and optimization. Prior joining Honeywell in 1986, John was a site engineer for pipelines EPC, Transfield-PBM and holds an engineering degree from the University of Tasmania.

LTE and 5G 101: Understanding This Essential Digital Transformation Enabler

Room: 361 F&C

Mark Madden, Ericsson North America; Viren Parikh, Ericsson North America

Connectivity is key to the future success of the oil and gas industry. Over the years, the industry has relied on many different short, medium and long distance connectivity technologies. These range from LoRaWAN, Bluetooth Low Energy, WirelessHART, LMR, DMR, to more conventional technologies like Wi-Fi, microwave and lastly LTE and 5G. In this session, we will explore the LTE and 5G basics for those who are looking to understand what makes this technology different from traditional communication platforms. We’ll unpack the crucial ingredient of spectrum and the available options for the US market.  Lastly, we’ll look at middle mile aspect and its adaptability to a wide range of network needs.

Session Objectives:

Discover the LTE and 5G basics and learn what is the market buzz is about.

Learn about the critical element of spectrum and the available options within the US.

Learn about the LTE and 5G ecosystem, and why it matters to you.

Intended Audience: Functional area: Oil & Gas companies, Position/Title: CXO, VP, IT/OT managers, etwork engineers, Size of Company: 500+, Type of Company: upstream and downstream

Category: 5 G / Next Gen Wireless

About the Speaker

Mark Madden is a Sr. Solutions Director at Ericsson responsible for developing end-customer Private 4G/5G cellular solutions for the Energy vertical.  Mr. Madden has over 30 years of experience with mission-critical communications in a variety of critical infrastructure, military, and enterprise segments.  Over the last 15 years he has primarily been focused on the energy segment, including Oil & Gas, Public Utilities, Transportation, and Mining while occupying technical, business development, and business management roles.  Mr Madden joined Ericsson in November of 2021.
Viren Parikh is responsible for supporting the US and Canadian market for Oil & Gas and Alternative Energy companies to overcome their communications challenges by finding the right packaged solution. He helps businesses understand how private networks using LTE .

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

LAN and WAN Electrical Protection Trends

Room: 360 D

George Kauffman, NexTek, LLC

Energy, Telecom, Electrical infrastructure, and SCADA relies heavily on Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) communication. The communication usually includes radio and video, ethernet and serial lines, 802.11, G4/5, and wire-based telecom. Protection of these vital networks from lightning damage has been a traditional concern. More contemporary threats now include NEMP (Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse) or HEMP (High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse), associated with high altitude nuclear detonations. The sources and engineering characterization of HEMP energy, and the risks to equipment are explained. The critical parameters of protectors, and typical examples of performance will be illustrated. The major differences between Lightning (LEMP) Protection and HEMP protection is discussed. Typical standards are briefly reviewed, as well as some most common challenges in protecting commercial and industrial sites, such as shielding, grounding, and bonding.

Session Objectives:

Introduce the need for high altitude electromagnetic pulse protection.

Provide an overview of the threat levels and protection methods, including system definition, susceptibility, and including shielding and suppression techniques.

Review of suppressor performance, and comparison to lightning suppression performance.

The goal is to provide entry and mid-level system engineers with some key information to manage the EMP risk

Intended Audience:  Communication Engineers and System Designers

Category: Critical Communications and Systems

About the Speaker

George Kauffman, Principal Engineer, CTO, oversees NexTek’s engineering team in developing new lightning arrestor and DC power conditioning products. George is a recognized leader in the lightning protection industry and holds multiple patents in the EMC field. His technical expertise assures that each product line exhibits optimal technical performance characteristics. George also leads NexTek’s technical support. Many customers have benefited from George’s technical guidance when selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective product solution. Prior to NexTek, George spent eighteen years at Digital Equipment Corporation in numerous roles including manufacturing, product development, product management and software development. George holds both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He is registered in Massachusetts as a Professional Engineer

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Vendor Challenge: Legacy SCADA vs IOT – Is Narrowband Technology Dead?!

Room: 361 F&C

Ready to rumble? Will IoT replace traditional SCADA networks moving forward, or, can they coexist and compliment each other in the same field? Although highly specialized, SCADA systems are designed to operate in a narrowband environment relying on dedicated communications networks to transmit data. IoT on the other hand offers a wide range of devices and systems that are connected to the internet and communicate with each other usually requiring low-power and wireless. But, are IoT technologies reliable and what about security challenges? We’ll find out! Join the discussion with vendors from both sides and see if these two sides can co-exist and possibly work together. Should be a fun discussion!


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