World Meter Design Congress

20 February – 22 February 2008 

 Pre-Conference Workshop

Wednesday 20 February 2008 

 Session: 0.1.1

WORKSHOP 1: Meter packaging, styling and the MMI
Chairman: Alfredo Sanz, CEO, Advanced Digital Design, Spain* 

09h00 – 09h30
Low-cost home control appliance design for OEMs
Brad Kayton, Chief Operating Officer, 4Home Media, CA, USA

09h30 – 10h00
Development of ignition resistant thermo-plastics for meter design applications
Giacomo Parisi, Development Engineer, Dow Chemical, The Netherlands

10h30 – 11h00
Advanced user interface design issues for next generation meters
Kevin Krantz, Project Director, Aaron Marcus + Associates, CA, USA

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11h00 – 11h30
So you think it’s all about technology: Emotional and social aspects of meter system design
Peter Honebein, Managing Member, Customer Performance Group LLC,NV, USA
Roy F. Cammarano, Customer Performance Group LLC,NV, USA

11h30 – 12h00
The power of industrial design – consumer technology case study
Fred Bould, Owner, Bould Design, CA, USA

Session: 0.2.1

WORKSHOP 2: Network communication standards and TDL

13h30 – 17h30
Introduction TDL and EDL for use by AMI systems deployed over ANSI C12.19 Tables and ANSI C12.22 Networks
Workshop leader: Avygdor Moise, President Future DOS R&D Inc., Canada

Course Outline:

  • Overview of ANSI C12.19 tables’ structure and ANSI C12.22 AMI communication architecture.
  • ANSI C12.19 document form of the published table definition syntax used to document metering data.
  • ANSI C12.19 document form of table elements and constants values used to describe metering device instances.
  • ANSI C12.19 Table Definition Language (TDL) XML scheme a used to document and register an ANSI C12.19 end-device’s data model.
  • ANSI C12.19 Exchange Data Language (EDL) XML reference schema used to encode and validate exported or imported ANSI C12.19 AMI-base metering data.
  • By-products and benefits derived from registering your ANSI C12.19 data model using TDL and EDL.

Conference Program Day 1

Thursday 21 February 2008 

Opening session: 1.0.1

The next generation metering products
Chairman and moderator: Doug Houseman, Principal Consultant, Cap Gemini, NY, USA 

09h00 – 09h30
Keynote address: Overall industry trends, the growing importance of energy efficiency and the role that AMI will play in it
Bill Brier, Vice President Policy & Public Affairs, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, USA

09h30 – 10h30
Panel discussion – Globalization of metering

Panelists:

  • Gil Friend, President & CEO, Natural Logic, CA, USA
  • Kaushik Ghosh, Group Technical Head, PRI, UK
  • Bob Heile, Chairman, ZigBee Alliance, CA, USA
  • Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development, Itron, CA, USA
  • Aaron F.Snyder, Consulting Engineer, EnerNex Corporation, TN, USA
Session 1.1.1

Industry requirements for next generation metering
Chairman: Jonathan Ziegler, Vice President of Sales, Trilliant, CA, USA

11h00 – 11h30
AMI: Advantage – Consumer
Matt Spaur, AMI Business Development, Itron, CA, USA

11h30 – 12h00
Edison SmartConnect AMI Meter and Communications Development and Deployment
David Bernaudo, Edison Smart Connect Program Manager, SCE, CA, USA
Mark Weinstein, Edison Smart Connect Program Manager, SCE, CA, USA

12h00 – 12h30
Improving sensitivity of RF based AMR front-end systems
Guenther Schlegel, Applications engineer, EPCOS AG, Germany

Session 1.2.1

Meter communications and advanced functionality
Chairman: Rob Conant, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Trilliant, CA, USA

13h30 – 14h00
The new frontier for energy efficiency: ZigBee
Bob Heile, Chairman, ZigBee Alliance, CA, USA

14h00 – 14h30
Intelligence for the consumer energy management infrastructure
Gerard Nanninga, Head of Electrotechnical Department, Hanze Technology Research Center, Netherlands

14h30 – 15h00
Integrating the Home Area Network with AMI
Yong Jin, Chief Product Architect – IP Officer, IMI Ltd., Philippines

Session 1.3.1

Meter communications and advanced functionality
Chairman: Mike Ueland, VP Sales, Telit, NC, USA

15h30 – 16h00
Advance metering data and critical peak pricing
Jonathan Ziegler, Vice President of Sales, Trilliant, CA, USA

16h00 – 16h30
Development of a mature global infrastructure for integrating metering and customer communications into utility and energy service operations
Joseph Hughes, Senior Technical Manager, Electric Power Research Institute, CA, USA

16h30 – 17h00
Energy Meter with IrDA (Infrared) port
Vineet Kumar, CEO, Crompton Greaves, India

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17h00 – 17h30
Power line communication based on an OFDM system vs traditional narrowband systems
Kaveh Razazian, Head of PLC R&D, Maxim Integrated Products, CA, USA

 Conference Program Day 2

Friday 22 February 2008 

Session 2.1.1

Meter design and manufacturing
Chairman: Inigo Berganza, Senior Project Manager, Iberdrola, Spain

09h00 – 09h30
Global AMI Rollouts – Integration or Interoperability?
Kaushik Ghosh, Group Technical Head, PRI, UK

09h30 – 10h00
Why one meter design is (nearly) impossible
Aaron F. Snyder, Consulting Engineer, EnerNex Corporation, TN, USA

10h00 – 10h30
Integrated design and manufacturing of the electrical meter and home automation
John Heibel, President, POWRtec, CA, USA

Session 2.2.1

Meter components
Chairman: Irma Bont, President, Goodman Components Corporation, CA, USA

11h00 – 11h30
IMS research project findings on component industry
Michael Markides, Senior Analyst, IMS Research, USA

11h30 – 12h00
Connect and disconnect – the latching relay for consumer and load management
Andreas Beck, Project Manager, Gruner AG, Germany

12h00 – 12h30
Technical issues with various relay components
James Zhang, Senior Manager, BST Relays, China

12h30 – 13h00
Latest trends in the design of magnetic latching relays for prepaid meters
Zhang Weizhong, General Engineer, Zhejiang Prestige Electronic, China

 Session 2.3.1

Communications and network trends
Chairman: Avygdor Moise, President Future DOS R&D Inc., Canada

14h00 – 14h30
Application of ZigBee sensor network for data acquisition and data monitoring
Mitsugu Terada, Professor, Fukuoka University Faculty of Science, Japan

14h30 – 15h00
Powerline Related Intelligent Metering Evolution; PRIME project
Inigo Berganza, Senior Project Manager, Iberdrola, Spain

15h00 – 15h30
Emerging Demand for operational metering
Douglas Houseman, Principal Consultant, Cap Gemini, NY, USA

16h00 – 17h00
Closing session: Design engineering for the future – Meter technology and the smart grid

Moderator:Bob Richardson, Senior VP, Strategic Projects, Aclara, CA, USA

Panelists:

  • Douglas Houseman, Principal Consultant, Cap Gemini, NY, USA
  • Joseph Hughes, Senior Technical Manager, Electric Power Research Institute, CA, USA
  • Gilberto Vidrio Lopez, Project Leader, Institute of Electrical Investigation, Mexico
  • Alfredo Sanz, CEO, Advanced Digital Design, Spain
  • Anh Tu Vo, Co-founder, Locera, CA, USA