World Meter Design Congress: Conference Program 2009


World Meter Design Congress

23 February – 24 February 2009

Conference Program Day 1

Monday February 23, 2009

Opening session: 1.0

The next generation metering products and green applications
Chairman: Andy Tang, Senior Director, Smart Energy Web, PG&E, CA, USA

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address: The role of connectivity in driving increased residential energy conservation and efficiency
Dr Henry Marcy, VP Technology, Whirlpool, MI, USA

09h30 – 10h30

Think tank: Innovations for sustainability and long-term interoperability
Moderator: Bill Fernandez, CEO, Bill Fernandez Design, NM, USA


Session 1.1

Smart design for the smart customer
Chairman: Ruben Salazar, Director of Technology, Landis&Gyr, GA, USA

11h00 – 11h30

Apple’s human interface group: Lessons learnt
Bill Fernandez, CEO, Bill Fernandez Designs, NM, USA

11h30 – 12h00

Preventing smart meter rot: Five principles for increasing customer involvement in smart meter services
Peter C Honebein, CEO, Customer Performance Group, LLC, CA, USA

12h00 – 12h30

Do it yourself metering – Customer-centric meter design
Jonathan Sawdon Smith, Project Manager, DIY KYOTO, UK

Session 1.2

Secure and long-term system architecture
Chairman: Aaron Snyder, Consulting Engineer, Enernex, TN, USA

13h30 – 14h00

Designing in security – The requirements for embedded security in the meter
Doug Houseman, Principal, Cap Gemini, MI, USA

14h00 – 14h30

Security for AMI solutions: Confidentiality, integrity, availability and more
Michael T. Garrison Stuber, Head of AMI, Itron, WA, USA

14h30 – 15h30

Panel discussion: Best practices for developing and certifying secure, cellular-based M2M products for smart metering and smart grid applications
Moderator: Mike Ueland, Vice President and General Manager, Telit , NC, USA


Session 1.3

Component technology: Disruptive technologies or interoperability?
Chairman: Doug Houseman, Principal, Cap Gemini, MI, USA

16h00 – 16h30

Anatomy of Next Generation Smart Meters
Mark Buccini, TI Director metering / AMI, Texas Instruments, CA, USA

16h30 – 17h00

Current transformers with nanocrystalline cores
Dirk Heumann, Senior Manager, Design and Application Engineering, Vacuumschmelze, KY, USA

17h00 – 17h30

Optimal Smart Meter Electronics
Kourosh Boutarabi, Vice President and General Manager, Metering Products, Teridian, CA, USA

Conference Program Day 2

Tuesday February 24, 2009

Session 2.1

HAN: From technology to implementation
Chairman: Janice Cheam, President, Energy Aware, Canada

09h00 – 09h30

Home control solutions for smart-metered customers
Jim Hunter, CTO, 4 Home Media, CA, USA

09h30 – 10h00

New breakthroughs in household energy conservations: Where HANs and AMI networks intersect on the grid
DeWitt C. Seward, Senior Application Architect, Ember, MA, USA

10h00 – 10h30

2009: The year of ZigBee smart energy for HAN
Bob Heile, Chairman, Zigbee Alliance, CA, USA

Session 2.2

Communications and network trends
Chairman: Jim Hunter, CTO, 4 Home Media and member, Z-Wave Alliance, CA, USA

11h00 – 11h30

Network metrics for smart grid / AMI networks
James Pace, Senior Director, Business Development, Silverspring, CA, USA and
Chris Knudsen, Director, Technology Innovation Center, PG&E, CA, USA

11h30 – 12h00

IP based wireless sensor networking technology for smart metering
Mikko Saarnivala, CTO, Sensinode, Finland

12h00 – 12h30

News from Europe about the multi utility communication controller
Detlef Einacker, Key Account Manager, Dr Neuhaus Telekommunikation, Germany

Session 2.3

Meter design for the smart grid
Chairman: Mark Buccini, TI Director metering / AMI, Texas Instruments, CA, USA

14h00 – 14h30

Interoperable design for smart meters and development of the GE WiMax smart meter system
Ray Bell, Founder, Grid Net, CA, USA

14h30 – 15h00

Smart design for the smart grid – Experiences from Europe
Josco Kester, Project Manager, ECN Intelligent Energy Grids, The Netherlands

15h00 – 15h30

AMI business functions that drive the technology requirements for the Smart Grid
Frances Cleveland, President and Principal Consultant, Xanthus Consulting, CA, USA

16h00 – 17h00

Closing session: Globalization of metering – Interoperability for international rollouts
Moderator: Douglas Houseman, Principal Consultant, Cap Gemini, NY, USA


  • John Bubb, Head of Network Architecture, Edison Smart Connect, SCE, CA, USA
  • Detlef Einacker, Key Account Manager, Dr Neuhaus Telekommunication, Germany
  • Dan Partridge, Manager, Energy Information Network, PG&E, CA, USA
  • Mikko Saarnivala, CTO, Sensinode, Finland