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11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Changing Face of Data Requirements Executive Level Panel Discussion
Moderator: Billy Hayes, Williams
Room: 351 F

This panel discussion is your opportunity to listen to industry experts, ask questions and gain insight. You’ll walk away with a tremendous amount of information, new ideas and possibly solutions to your challenges.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Planning, Selecting and Deploying a Private Industrial LTE Network for O&G
Room: 361 A
Louis Lambert, Redline Communications

Oil &Gas companies have been building Private Narrowband and Broadband networks for a decade.  Most of these networks are proprietary Layer-2 solutions, some with proprietary L3 Mesh networks, and some with L2 WiMAX.   With significant advancements in LTE, its exponential growth, the proliferation of off-the-shelf, standards-based user equipment, and the constant cost reduction of the access and core components, O&G companies can now afford to build Private Industrial LTE networks.  A Private Industrial LTE network can be the very first Standard Based infrastructure for O&G companies to deliver on a single platform for real mobile voice, and video and data to fixed, nomadic and mobile assets.

This session will provide insights as to the important aspects of planning, selecting and deploying a Private Industrial LTE Network.  We will cover a needs analysis, the different EPC-Core architectures, Spectrum Choices, Radio Access Network (RAN) types,  User Devices types and choices, as well as the associated considerations.  In addition, we will cover the IT Core, and LTE Core integration challenges, as well as LMR to LTE Push-to-Talk integration and migration, which will include an LTE BYOD strategy.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Necessity of Remote Communication
Rick Sperandio, Rigstar Industrial Telecom USA
Dave Hopson, PH.D., Triumphus
Room: 351 D

As our world becomes more digital the requirement of connectivity increases in importance. The variety of options available to the industry have grown and costs are dropping for the most part, with the exception of last mile connectivity. New technology and unique ways of using common technology are the heart of the conversation aimed to reduce the connection costs on any project. This session will discuss the latest technology being delivered to connect remote connections as well as a list of lessons learned from previous endeavors.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Wireless Alarm Trigger Hands On Class
Tony Cocchiarella, OleumTech
Glenn Longley, OleumTech
Room: 351 E

The objective of this class is to demonstrate how an alarm can be triggered wirelessly based on a set value without the use of a controller. Each student will be provided with a wireless analog transmitter with a dial connected to adjust voltage. Each transmitter will be configured to report to a gateway. The scaling will be adjusted within the transmitter to show a value of 1 when the voltage reaches a certain point. This value will then be reported to the gateway which can then source a digital output and trigger a light. The students will be equipped with the knowledge to be able to trigger a discrete output based on a scaled value without the use of a PLC/RTU/HMI.

Track: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

End User Expert Panel Discussion
Moderator: Heather Becker, End 2 End Technologies
Room: Exhibit Hall B3
Moderated by: Heather Becker, End to End Technologies

This expert ‘End User’ discussion will focus on the best practices to identifying the must have communication system parameters and what can be enforced in the real-world?  What is sustainable in the real – world environment given the breadth of disparate networks and manufacturers?  Discussion topics will include security cyber and physical, firmware, encryption, obsolesces, move to IP, feasibility of migration, consistency, standardization, resource constraints, training, at what point is an upgrade necessary 1 to 2 releases behind, what are drivers to upgrade when something is still working i.e. “if it is not broke why fix it?”  This panel discussion is your opportunity to listen to end user discussions, ask questions and walk away with a tremendous amount of information, new ideas and practical solutions to your challenges.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Building a Meaningful CyberSecurity Awareness Program
Graham Speake, Berkana Resources
Room: 351 D

Creating a cybersecurity awareness program specifically for engineers and users in the process control space is often seen as hard. However, leveraging publicly available content and harness some of the users time can result in a incredibly useful program. This session will detail how to start, where and how to get material and more importantly, how to engage the end users.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security

IIoT for Oil & Gas – The Promise, The Issues, and The Smart Approach
Stephen Sponseller, PTC
Room: 351 E

Many analysts, researchers and industry experts are purporting huge efficiency gains and cost savings from unlocked operational and enterprise insights from IIoT solutions. The market size predictions for these solutions are huge. But Oil & Gas companies and vendors are struggling with challenges on developing and implementing solutions to reach the promise and ultimately derive value. This session will discuss these issues and a recommended smart approach for solutions that are developed on a purpose-built, IIoT platform

Track: SCADA and Business Data

Field Area Networks Considerations in the 700 MHz Spectrum
John Yaldwyn, 4RF USA, Inc
Room: 361 A
Silver Scribe 3rd Place Winner

The 700 MHz upper A Block spectrum available via private market transaction is an exciting opportunity for oil and gas, particularly as 900 MHz allocations have become increasingly scarce. Building field area network radios systems in these two previously reserved 1 MHz wide guard bands is not without challenges and effective use requires attention to a number of technical and regulatory considerations.

Track: SCADA and Business Data, Networks/Communications Infrastructures SCADA and Business Data, Networks/Communications Infrastructures

5G-Ready Private LTE (CBRS, MulteFire, Licensed Frequencies)  for Utilities, Oil & Gas and Mining
Room: 361 D
Nanda Menon, Athonet

The upcoming launch of CBRS (and later MulteFire) opens up new opportunities for the deployment of 5G-ready Industrial grade broadband Private LTE networks in Oil & Gas, Utilities and Mining. This class provides detailed case-study based learnings on the deployment of 5G-Ready industrial-grade broadband Private LTE networks. The class will cover the key issues and considerations in the deployment of localised and widely distributed networks for highly resilient, low-latency broadband and narrow band (LTE-M, NB-IoT) LTE communications for automation and industrial control as well as prioritised voice calling over VoIP and VoLTE, Push-to-talk, Push-to-video, standards based mission critical PTT, integration with enterprise IP-PBX and roaming to/from public networks. It is based on Athonet’s experience of deploying specialist LTE networks for industry verticals beginning with the world’s first electricity Smartgrid in 2011 for Enel, the global multinational utility. Since then Athonet has deployed over a 100 dedicated LTE networks globally for industry, public safety and digital divide. Athonet was winner of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards in 2016 and its 5G-Ready LTE deployment at La Ronde, the deepest mine in the Americas is a present nominee for the 2018 ICCA Critical Communications Awards.

Using LTE Infrastructure to Connect the Digital Oil Field – Panel Discussion
William Moten, Tessco Technologies;  Dan Egan, Sierra Wireless; Dennis Burrell, Ventev; Billy Hayes, Williams
Room: 351 F
In this panel discussion you will hear from industry experts on utilizing LTE infrastructure for connecting the digital oil field. While there are many options available for wireless connectivity, LTE provides many benefits. Once you decided on using LTE, should you go with Private or Public LTE? What considerations are there regarding environmental and wireless signal strength? Billy Hayes will review a Williams’ use case and infrastructure experts from Sierra Wireless and Ventev will share details on solution selection and considerations for your connected project.
Track: Networks/ Communications Infrastructure