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How Utilities Are Helping Power the Private-Networking Industry

Bobbi Harris  (Executive Director, Utilities Broadband Alliance (UBBA))

Neil "Grifter" Wyler  (Global Lead of Active Threat Assets, IBM X-Force)

Location: N261

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Standard, Quick Pass Wednesday

Track: IoT, Smart-X and AI

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Private LTE/5G networks are hot topics of conversation in the critical-communications space, but what are the compelling uses cases for such systems to utilities? In this session, representatives within the utility arena explain why today’s smart-grid applications require two-way broadband connectivity instead of legacy LMR-based SCADA systems.

Attendees will learn about utility applications that are designed to increase reliability, support distributed energy sources, and even mitigate wildfire risks. Panelists also will discuss which IoT-based initiatives are most appropriately executed on dedicated licensed spectrum vs. shared-spectrum technologies like CBRS or even unlicensed alternatives like Wi-Fi.