What’s New in Communications Infrastructure for Utilities?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Jim Weikert, Lead Utility Automation Consultant, Power System Engineering, Inc.
- Ken Cooper, Sr. Utility Automation Consultant, Power System Engineering, Inc.
Registration fee $350, Limit 50 participants
This course provides an unbiased perspective of communications technologies for field applications such as SCADA, DA, DER, AMI, and others. We will provide an overview of the various communication technologies used at utilities across the county and separate real trends from vendor hype. We will discuss the typical application-level requirements, and review the various alternative communications technologies and potential vendors. We will explore throughput and latency, reliability, coverage, channel planning, NERC-CIP compliance, cybersecurity, and networking equipment. Discussion covers benefits, risks, and costs of each viable technology, including:
- Fiber optics (ADSS, OPGW, carrier lease) and dark fiber leases for backbone
- Fiber broadband initiatives and how to prepare your backbone for a broadband
- Licensed and unlicensed point-to-point microwave trends for backbone and substations
- How software defined radios operate and how does that affect utilities
- A cellular update. The latest status on 3G retirement, 4G-LTE usage and 5G rollout plans
- A discussion on what is considered utility IoT. A review of LTE CatM1 cellular networks and costs
- A review of LoRa networks and status
- The latest on the FirstNet status and how cooperatives can leverage
- Licensed FAN narrowband/broadband at 220 MHz, 450 MHz, 700 MHz, and 900 MHz
- Unlicensed point-to-multipoint and mesh products
- Pros/cons and design requirements for using AMI as the backhaul for DA and DER applications
- The hype and reality of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet or cellular potential
- The latest trend in software defined networks (SDN) and right-sizing your network to your utility
- Cyber security tools for OT networks