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What Does the C-Suite Need to Know about Utility Comms?


Bruce Albright  (4G/5G Business Line Manager, Burns & McDonnell)


Brad Barber  (VP, Special Projects, Federal Engineering Inc.)

Neil Horden  (Principal Consultant, Horden Technology, LLC)

Brett Kilbourne  (Of Counsel, Stevens & Lee)

Location: W230D

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Time: 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Track: Utilities

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, Funding, Private Networks, Project Management, Regulatory, Smart-X

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Many utilities are making decisions about deploying broadband and private networks to better control a wide range of capabilities for utility communications – from sensors to AMI 2.0 to data and video. They are also working to replace their aging LMR voice networks with mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT). As their communications points are growing exponentially across multiple networks and the existing platforms are not capable, this session will consider the advantages of deploying new system technology vs band-aids across the old systems. While spectrum and new equipment is expensive, discover how it may be more cost-effective to implement a new transformative technology network once instead of piecemeal changes across disparate LMR and carrier systems. The real question is, can utilities afford NOT to do it?

Why you should consolidate networks through technology, from deployment to maintenance
Planning for equipment, grid assets, coverage areas, devices, and spectrum costs
The challenges in implementing and interoperating MCPTT across networks
Managing risks and costs in system procurements