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Energy experts address global power issues at SmartGridComm


August 13, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

August 13, 2010

mt_ignoreThe first IEEE international conference on smart grid communications—SmartGridComm, a forum for “advancing the latest smart grid information technologies”—revealed its inaugural technical and keynote programs, which will be highlighted by the presentation of over 100 global energy leaders from companies such as IBM, Google, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent.

“The need to upgrade the world’s power grid systems is an economic,
environmental, and societal imperative,” says Dr. Stefano Galli, a
general co-chair of IEEE SmartGridComm and a director at Panasonic.
“Billions of people worldwide are dependent on electricity for the
performance of everyday tasks, as well as demanding business and
entertainment activities. SmartGridComm’s goal is to bring together the
leading world experts to exchange their latest ideas in how to
revolutionize the world’s power delivery infrastructure through the
development and implementation of innovative communications technologies
that will ensure environmental sustainability and create a robust and
secure infrastructure.”

IEEE SmartGridComm was designed by the IEEE Communications Society
(ComSoc) to explore nearly every communications area related to the
upgrade of the world’s energy grids, as well as the need to decrease
energy use, enhance emergency resiliency and increase eco-friendliness.
This includes reviewing the latest pathways for supporting the two-way
flow of information and energy, advancing remote monitoring
capabilities, quickly isolating and restoring power outages, integrating
renewable energy sources and empowering consumers with the tools needed
for better optimizing their energy consumption.

Highlighting the conference’s keynote agenda will be Paul De Martini, VP
and CTO of the Smart Grid Business Unit at Cisco, who will address
attendees on the “Future of Global Electronic Networks” and the
development of intelligent grid systems that are “more observable,
controllable, automated and integrated”. Others scheduled to join De
Martini as keynote speakers are Guido Bartels, GM, Global Energy and
Utilities Industry at IBM Sales and Distribution; Vinton G. Cerf, VP and
chief internet evangelist, Google; Emmanuel Darmois, VP of Corporate
Standards at Alcatel-Lucent; Patrick D. Gallagher, director, National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of
Commerce; and Patricia A Hoffman, assistant secretary, Office of
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

In addition, the technical program at SmartGridComm has been developed
by experts to address a variety of key topic areas ranging from electric
vehicle communications, distributed generation at virtual power plants
and wide-area monitoring and control to metering, field trial
deployments and regulatory issues.

CLICK HERE for SmartGridComm 2010.