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December 11, 2011

Mtg: Silicon Valley Power’s Smart Grid Network & Free WiFi in Santa Clara

by @ 4:33 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY December 14, 2011
SCV Communications
Speakers: Larry Owens, Customer Services and Marketing, Silicon Valley Power; Narashima Chari, co-founder and CTO, Tropos Networks
Time: Networking and food at 6:00 PM; Presentations at 6:30 PM, followed by panel
Cost: $5 payment to cover food and drink
Place: National Semiconductor (TI) Auditorium (Bldg E), 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

1. Fiber enables Santa ClaraĆ¢??s “Smart” Wireless WAN. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) currently owns and operates a 57-mile, four-ring, 144 fiber backbone that not only connects SCADA and substations for higher reliability, but it also connects over 2 dozen data centers and supports the communication needs of 16 commercial entities through its dark fiber leasing program.? Early in its smart grid thinking, SVP realized that a highly capable wireless network that blanketed the city and backhauled over fiber would have value far beyond advanced “smart” metering.? SVP then purchased a nearly-abandoned 802.11b/g SkyPilot system that covered part of Santa Clara and was able to prove the ability to communicate securely with a multitude of devices in the field.? SVP is now ready to replace the original Wi-Fi system with a serious, utility-grade, fiber-backhauled 802.11b/g/n Tropos system that covers the entire City of Santa Clara.? This has us all thinking about how this approach enables the future for our utility, the city and the community. From dark fiber leasing to free outdoor Wi-Fi, SVP takes “smart” to the next level.
2. Outdoor wireless networks for smart grid.? IEEE ComSoc SCV’s Wireless Program Director – Chari – will discuss smart grid communications requirements and the unique challenges those present for wide-area wireless networks (coverage, reliability, latency, QoS, etc.).? He will also discuss how Tropos Networks is addressing those challenges in the context of an overall wireless system design that includes mesh with fiber backhaul as well as other wireless technology elements.
After the presentations, the speakers will engage in a lively panel session with the moderator and the audience.

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