This workshop will be hosted on September 25, 2010, Saturday.  [Print or Download the Program]

12:30~13:00 Registration and Networking 
13:00~13:10 Opening

13:10~15:20 Track 1. Communications Aspects of Smart Grids
Moderator: MP Divakar, IEEE ComSocSCV Program Operations Mgr

  Smart Grid Communications: Enabling a Smarter Grid
Claudio Lima, Vice Chair of IEEE P2030 Smart Grid Architecture Standards WG

The next-generation electricity grid is a "smarter" grid with intelligent control mechanisms, IT middleware software, new applications and a bi-directional and real-time advanced communications systems. Communications technologies will play an important role in enabling the intelligent layers of the Smart Grid system. This talk introduces the building blocks of an End-to-End Smart Grid Communications System, the key applications, the end-to-end reference architecture and the Smart Grid communication technology options in terms of Neighborhood Area Networking (NAN), Field Area Networking (FAN), Home Area Networking (HAN) and others. The audience will gain a broader insight of today and future Smart Grid communications technologies.

Bio: Claudio Lima serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE P2030 Smart Grid Architecture Standards WG, Member of the NIST Smart Grid WGs, Member of the IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee (SGSC) and Director and Co-Founder of the Smart Grid Council (SGC) of Silicon Valley.  He’s actively involved with the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, defining the role of IP in Smart Grid and the development of an End-to-End Smart Grid Communications Architecture Framework.  He headed several teams and strategic initiatives for Sprint-Nextel at the Sprint Advanced Technologies/CTO organization in Silicon Valley, including Sprint's Next Generation Networks, Emerging Services, and Digital Media Innovation (DMI)/Venture-R&D, responsible for new technologies and business opportunities development for Sprint-Nextel’s. He has 22 years of experience Leading Advanced Telecommunications Systems, Architectures and Next Generation Communications Technologies and Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Kent, Canterbury-England.

  Power Line Communications and the Smart Grid
Stefano Galli, Lead Scientist Panasonic R&D

Is Power Line Communications (PLCs) a good candidate for Smart Grid applications?  The goal of this talk is to address this important question. To do so we provide an overview of what PLC can deliver today by surveying the history of PLCs and describing the most recent technological advances in the area. The application scenario of PLCs within the Smart Grid is then analyzed. Since a necessary ingredient of network planning is modeling, we also discuss modeling PLC communications channels through fading models. Finally, this paper reports recent results on the electrical and topological properties of a sample power distribution network – an important topic as the power grid becomes the information delivery system when PLCs are used for the Smart Grid.

Bio: Stefano Galli received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) in 1994 and 1998, respectively. Since 2006, he is Lead Scientist in the Strategic R&D Planning Office of Panasonic where he works on communications and networking for the Smart Grid. Prior to this position, he was a Teaching Assistant in Signal and Systems at the Info-Com Dpt. of the University of Rome from 1996 to 1998, and a Senior Scientist in Bellcore from 1998 to 2006. Dr. Galli is involved in a variety of capacities in Smart Grid activities: Co-Chair of the “Communications Technology” Task Force of the IEEE P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability Standard, Chair of the PAP-15 Coexistence subgroup instituted by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Chair of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Smart Grid Communications Committee, and as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He also serves in the IEEE as an elected Member of the ComSoc Board of Governors, as a member of the Energy and Policy Committee of IEEE-USA, as an Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and the IEEE Communications Magazine. He is the past Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Power Line Communications (2004-2010).

  Wireless Communications for Smart Grid
Kuor-Hsin Chang, Principal System Engineer – Standards, Elster Solutions

This talk starts with an overview of communication links for smart grid and its requirements. The role of WPAN technologies such as ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 and IEEE 802.15.4g (SUN) in smart grid systems will be addressed. How other wireless technologies such as WiFi, WiMax, and cellular could compete or compliment WPAN in smart grid applications will be discussed.

Bio:  Kuor-Hsin Chang is currently a Principal System Engineer of Elster Solutions working on Smart Grid standards and next generation AMI (Advance Meter Infrastructure) system development. He is also a co-editor of the IEEE 802.15.4g (Smart Utility Network) Task Group. He was the Vice Chair/Technical Editor of the IEEE 802.15.4c Task Group which was standardized on March 2009 and has been actively involved in the IEEE 802.15 Working Group since early 2005. Before Elster, Dr. Chang was a Sr. System Architect of Freescale Semiconductor and worked on the next generation IEEE 802.15.4/Zigbee platform. He was the system architect of Freescale’s first single-chip IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee Platform-in-Package (PiP) solution. Dr. Chang has fifteen years of development/application experience in the wireless/semiconductor industry working on emerging wireless technologies such as Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN), Smart Utility Network, cellular, fixed-point wireless (WiMAX), and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

  Role of WiFi/ IEEE 802.11n and Related Protocols in Smart Grid
Venkat Kalkunte, CTO, Datasat Technologies

This presentation will address M2M application areas for WiFi/IEEE 802.11n technology in: smart grid, ad hoc networking, video surveillance transport, and the connected digital home

1. Several new public and private sector initiatives are expected to improve power efficiency by aggregating meter data while controlling flexible power consumption in smart grids. Bi-directional data communications and control is envisioned in this model, but the protocols/standards are not specified. We make the case that IEEE 802.11/ Wi-Fi technology will be part of any future Smart Grid. Wi-Fi is cost effective, scalable to cover large geographies and many endpoints, and requires no new cabling within the home or office.

With the use of Wi-Fi, one can layer a reliable, high-speed, low-latency IP two-way communications network on top of these grid elements. This will allow these elements to respond to conditions in the grid by providing distributed intelligence. Such responsiveness is not possible without a two-way communications network. Incorporating Wi-Fi in the grid intelligence also allows utilities to further reduce operational expenses due to the self-healing, proactive measures possible with a high-speed, IP-based electric grid.

2. Ad-Hoc Networking capability is also advantageous, commonly referred to as iBSS [inter-BSS] communication that facilitates creation of dynamic adHoc networks that are shortlived and kept alive only for the duration of transfer. A major addition to the IEEE 802.11 standard, 802.11k, provides network measurement protocols. A second addition, 802.11v, adding a new suite of network management capabilities, is nearing completion. These two standards extend existing commercial device and management system product capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi devices to measure and report radio link and traffic characteristics. Availability of this information enables optimization in performance and reliability through both local responses (e.g. transmit power control and radio channel change of a wireless Access Point or client device) and centralized management of these extended Wi-Fi networks. IEEE 802.11i and 802.11e/WMM set of procedures enable secure, power efficient operation of clients in the 802.11 domain.

Wi-Fi is capable of providing the IP-based NAN capability from a meter to a data collection device in each neighborhood and thus can support the Advanced Metering Infrastructure. By leveraging phased array, high gain antennas and other antenna technology such as beam steering, a Wi-Fi radio can provide line-of-sight range to pole-top access points of more than one kilometer, and where reflective paths are available can facilitate Maximum Likelyhood Detection [MLD] and Maximum Ratio Combining [MRC], the two key elements that leverage path diversity and spatial multiplexing.

Bio: Venkat has served various architectural positions in companies such as - Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks, Tekelec, Trillium and Digital Equipment Corporation. As CTO of Datasat, he oversees the development of that company's Carrier-grade Wi-Fi infrastructure.


Track 2: Smart Devices, and Network Aspects of M2M Communications
Moderator: Prasanta De, IEEE ComSocSCV Emerging Applications Director

  Standardization as a Catalyst of M2M Market Expansion
Jeffrey Smith, CTO, Numerex Corp & Chairman, TIA TR-50 Smart Device Communications Standard Committee

The M2M Market Growth has been slowed down thus far by fragmentation, complexity and a lack of common standards that could be used across the whole gamut of vertical applications. Emerging private and government based programs such as IBM's Smarter Planet initiatives, the Smart Grid, and the renewed interest in data communications from wireless carriers call for a global approach to interoperability standards in M2M. The recently created Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-50 Engineering Committee for Smart Device Communications, and similar standards groups from other Standards Developing Organizations from around the world such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) could provide the necessary foundation for effective and efficient M2M platforms. This discussion will show how these new standards can facilitate the expansion of the M2M market.

Bio:  As a scientist for Motorola, The Robotics Institute, and the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), Dr. Smith has worked on wireless sensor and control systems developed for the FBI, CIA, DOD, DOE, NASA, and USPS - from autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles to particle accelerators. In 1993, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of OnRamp Technologies, a pioneer Internet Service Provider, subsequently acquired by Verio, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT communications. In 2002, Dr. Smith founded SensorLogic, a leading Telemetry Service Provider (TSP). He also co-founded Via; Vericenter; Vaultnet;; Advanced Home Automation; and Ublip, which was acquired  in late 2008 by Numerex, a company at the vanguard of the machine-to-machine communications industry. Dr. Smith is currently Chief Technical Officer of Numerex. He has served or serves on the boards of several prominent high tech companies. In February 2010, he was elected Chairman of TIA TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee.

  Operations and Management of Mobility Applications and M2M Networks
Jason Porter, AVP, AT&T

This presentation will enumerate the challenges and opportunities within a Network Operations Center (NOC) to handle the ever increasing amounts of mobile data and related applications. We will review general principles and capabilities needed in NOC to support real-time performance, surveillance, capacity planning and trouble shooting .  Specific M2M specific challenges in performance management will be covered. Finally, the impact from evolution of deployment model to cloud based applications and services will be discussed.

Bio:  Jason Porter is currently leading an Integrated Services Team responsible for Hosting and Applications Services in AT&T’s Enterprise business unit. As a member of the Corporte Planning organization, he is focused on business cases associated with VoIP and Fixed Wireless (e.g. IEEE 802.16).  Jason led the Internet Services NOC with the responsibility of surveillance and repair of all SBC DSL, Dial and DIA products.  He also managed the “incubation” and operational launch of our U-verse product, a first ever IP based video product.  Led an Operations Team responsible for the performance of the data and applications for AT&T Mobility.  Jason has a BS in Environmental Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Regis University.

  Sprint’s Machine-to-Machine and Service Enablement Platform
Michael Finegan, West Area M2M Manager of Solutions Engineering, Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group and Application Developer Program (ADP) is working to expose its network capabilities (including location based services, messaging, presence, call control, advertising, digital locker, and digital wallet) through gateway services over the course of 2010. It will be done in a way that simplifies the business arrangement through a single gateway and supports a variety of business models, including Machine-to-Machine connected devices. It will also offer a simple technical interface for gaining access to Sprint’s service enablement platform. The Service Enablement Platform will allow partners to act as potential integrators and offer more robust capabilities by augmenting Sprint’s Wireless service with the partners’ expertise and capabilities. This open system architecture allows Enterprise customers and developers to create a new wave of value added services.

Bio:  Michael is a member of Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group (ESG) and leads the West Area M2M Solution Engineering team. Sprint’s ESG charter is to identify and seek out high value retail and wholesale machine-to-machine and embedded systems solutions across all channels and all markets. The ESG Solutions Engineering team supports “Rapid Solution Development” that leverages iDEN, CDMA (1xRTT and 3G), and 4G technologies. Michael has been in the telecommunications industry for 13 years and started his tenure at Sprint in 1997. Michael specializes in designing Wireless and Wire Line WAN topologies, including MPLS, Dedicated IP, IP Telephony, SIP Trunking, as well as implementing Machine-to-Machine and Telemetry solutions. He previously provided technical sales support for a systems integration company, selling client server applications and consulting services.

  Noise and Interference in Home Networks
Arvind Mallya, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Network Operations

Home networking is the last frontier in the delivery of IPTV services. Currently, there is no one standard which defines the interface and physical media in the home.  ITU-T Draft G.hnta “Generic Home Network Transport Architecture” is one such standards body which is currently addressing the need to standardize the interfaces both at the access point and within the home.  Over the years, the access network providing voice and FAX service has now grown by leaps and bounds with the advent of Internet DSL data services.  Furthermore, entertainment electronics and communications equipment is also proliferating which is accelerating the need for high speed data and video services.  National and international standards organization has done quite a bit of work addressing the physical backbone (SONET and Gigabit ETHERNET) and access network for transport of IPTV (PON and VDSL) services into homes.  There is also an emergence of home networking standards such as Home Phone Networking Alliance (HPNA), HomePlug, MoCA, WiFi and Ethernet using the existing twisted pair (CAT3/CAT5) and Coaxial (RG6/59) and the commercial AC Power lines in homes.   Likewise, newer media such as Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) are also available for deployment.
Operators are currently faced with significant challenges when deploying newer services over these emerging home networking media.  The home environment is a harsh environment when it comes to EMI/RFI noise and impulse noise conditions from devices such as pool pumps, microwave ovens, rogue TVs, vacuum cleaners which can cause intermittent loss of service to complete disruption of the service.  This paper will discuss the challenges facing the deployment of the advanced triple play services in homes and near term mitigation strategies used to provide reliable end to end service.

Bio: Arvind has close to 30 years in the telecommunication industry and is a 24 year veteran with AT&T, holding diverse managerial and technical positions in Labs and Network Operations. His career has spanned various technologies ranging from early long distance fiber systems deployment to short haul backbone SONET standards works at the ITU-T. He was also a lead engineer for the deployment of Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) triple play service at Pacific Bell, which was later abandoned for DSL/VDSL access networking technologies. His current position is Lead member of technical Staff in Advanced Technical Support for AT&T’s IPTV U-verse Network. In this role, Arvind has lead new initiatives for early testing of FTTN, FTTH technologies and Home networking field trials. Arvind was recently honored by AT&T and received the 2009 AT&T Science and technology Medal for his outstanding contribution to Science and Technology and for improving the U-Verse reliability and customer experience. He holds over 12 US patents and is also a co-author for a text book to be published with Professor Dipak Ghosal of UC Davis on "IPTV network and Systems".

18:00 Reception