UtiliNet Europe 2018, 15-17 May 2018, Brussels – 100+ utility telecom professionals convene to review the latest packet telecom implementations to support the smart grid

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Research carried out by Phoenix Forums with 30+ European TSOs and DSOs reveals that the pace of migration from TDM to IP MPLS and Ethernet based telecom networks to support the smart grid is gaining rapid momentum.

UtiliNet Europe 2018

Excellent forum to meet peers from the DSO scene in Europe for the exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices in the field of telecommunications for power distribution grids

But whilst packet-based technologies are known to improve cost efficiency and support a broader range of smart grid applications and services, there are still significant QoS concerns around the reliability and security with which mission critical services such as teleprotection and substation communication can be supported.

“With TDM based technologies soon to reach obsolescence” says Mandana White, Director at Phoenix Forums, organisers of UtiliNet Europe 2018, “the time is ripe for utilities to fully investigate the potential of a whole new range of IP based telecom technologies and topologies to ensure that they leverage the latest solutions to futureproof their packet telecom deployments and maximise the long-term viability of these networks.”

And with this in mind, Phoenix Forums are holding a 3-day conference, exhibition and networking forums, to provide utilities with a focused and technically in-depth platform for reviewing the reliability and cyber security of their telecom networks as the migration from SDH to IP-MPLS and MPLS-TP takes hold.

During the main conference 14+ utilities share their IP migration strategies, evaluating the different technology options such as SDH, IP, IP-MPLS, MPLS-TP among others. Technical presentations address the deployment of new IP-enabled services and applications such as IP SCADA, PMU, and IP Video Surveillance. Monitoring of an increasingly complex multi-vendor, multi-technology telecom network, and the integration of IP network security into a comprehensive end-to-end security strategy will be fully addressed. Assessment of the different public and private telecom infrastructure options including MVNO and PVNO will be made, as well as an examination of the future SDH and NFV service oriented telecom network architecture. Day three provides two parallel workshops, one focused on cyber-security for utility telecom professionals, and the other on supporting teleprotection services with packet telecoms.

Alongside the case-study programme there are a number of technology innovation panel discussions, a series of intimate end-user round table debates, a live demo lab of the latest packet telecom solutions, an exhibition area displaying 10+ state of the art technology suppliers, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

Discussion topics include:

  • Migration timescales: planning the migration to all-IP networks to ensure effective support for new services whilst maintaining current levels of service reliability and security
  • Technology Mix: Determining the optimum mix to minimise capex and opex for the long term in support of new IP services (SDH, IP, IP-MPLS, MPLS-TP)
  • Teleprotection & Substation Automation: Understanding how utilities are matching SDH standards availability and reliability with IP networking
  • Integrated Telecoms Security: Developing a comprehensive end to end security strategy to achieve high levels of cyber and physical security in the transition to the digital grid
  • New IP Enabled Services and Applications: Enabling new IP services such as IP SCADA, PMU and IP Video surveillance
  • Network Monitoring: Achieving a complete overview of the increasingly complex multi-vendor, multi-technology telecom network to ensure high levels of QoS and performance
  • Public and Private Infrastructure Options: Evaluating the different options to deliver a cost-effective solution: Private, Public, MVNO, PVNO
  • Network of the Future: Understand how future service orientated networks with intelligence at the network edge will lead the next revolution in utility telecoms networks

Speakers include:

  • Andreas Breuer, Vice President of New Technologies and Projects & Chairman - Innogy & EUTC
  • Alberto Sendin, Head of Telecommunications – Iberdrola
  • Jürgen Tusch, Head of Telecoms – Innogy
  • Frank Visser, Telecommunications Architect – Alliander
  • Cormac Long, IP Technical Lead, Telecom Services - ESB Networks
  • Lhoussain Lhassani, Senior Specialist Asset Management – Stedin
  • Indrek Künnapuu, Chief Telecommunications Specialist - Elektrilevi OÜ
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Communications Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Zarko Veličković, Telecommunication Network Management System Unit Manager - Elektromreža Srbije
  • Erik Moll, Telecom Policy Advisor - Utility Connect
  • Luis Matias, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform - EDP Distribuição
  • Sérgio Ramos Pinto, Assistant Director, Networks Digital Platform - EDP Distribuição
  • Stephen Colgan, Global Business Development Leader - Vodafone Global Enterprise
  • Steven Blair, Research Fellow - University of Strathclyde
  • Prof. Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems - E.ON Energy Research Centre
  • Daniel Schollhorn, Consultant - TUV Rheinland

Sponsors include:

OTN Systems is a leading supplier of mission-critical telecommunications solutions tailored for industrial applications. By working closely with numerous customers over nearly 30 years, OTN Systems has acquired the necessary expertise worldwide. The company’s product line XTran was designed from day one with the requirements of the power utilities in mind. XTran is a flexible, state-of-the-art product allowing customers to go full packet. Its underlying MPLS-TP technology avoids the complexity of generic telecom solutions developed for service providers. XTran secures reliable operations in harsh environments while its management system (TXCare) supports an intuitive and simple handling. XTran makes MPLS for Operational Telecom easy.

Nokia is a global leader innovating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve utilities with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of communications products, services and solutions to enable critical connections for automation for a safe, reliable and efficient grid and business model transformation. We create the technology to connect the world.

Testimonials from past UtiliNet Europe events include:

“Excellent forum to meet peers from the DSO scene in Europe for the exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices in the field of telecommunications for power distribution grids.”
Jürgen Tusch, Head of Telecoms - Innogy

“A great opportunity to meet utilities from all over Europe, and to hear about their plans to upgrade their networks to support packet-based services. Interesting to see different migration strategies and how utilities adapted to that. The conference was very well organized. Exactly according to plan. High quality presentations which fully covered the different challenges in the industry.”
Børre Jensen, Manager of Network Department - BKK Fibre

“Once again Phoenix Forums presented a high-quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. Throughout, an excellent blend of conference, workshops, exhibition, and networking that were highly successfully driven, forward looking, with open discussions participated by all participants.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director, Division of Automation & Telecommunication - EDP Distribution

“Great place to see what companies do and how they think about future challenges. Also, the tele-protection in MPLS network was very useful and the tests and experience.”
Denis Anusic, System Engineer - E.ON

“Great focus. For the first time a conference focused on packet technology in the utility.”
Dominique Verhulst, Head of Business Development for IP Division - Alcatel-Lucent

Event dates and location:

Conference: 15th-16th May 2018
Workshops: 17th May 2018
Location: Hotel Metropole Brussels, Belgium
Event website: http://www.utilinet-europe.com

For more information, interview and media accreditation:
Mandana White, Director - Phoenix Forums Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 8349 6360
Email: mandana(at)phoenix-forums.com

Phoenix Forums is an independent conference producer specialised in the smart grid sector. We work hand in hand with engineering professionals to create innovative event concepts and high-quality programmes that inform technical decision makers and enable them to deliver exceptional results.

Our approach is entirely market led. We stay exceptionally close to industry developments. Through our regular, rigorous and unbiased process of depth research with TSOs, DSOs, power generators, engineering consultancies, and technology innovators, we stay one step ahead of industry developments and provide live events that act as a catalyst for new ideas, new directions, and new approaches to achieving future energy security.

Phoenix Forums Ltd
Central House
1 Ballards Lane
London, N3 1LQ.
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8349 6360
Email: registration(at)phoenix-forums.com

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