World Meter Design Congress: Conference Program 2010


World Meter Design Congress

March 7 – 9, 2010

Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday March 7, 2010

Session 0.1.3

Session Leader: Aaron Marcus, Founder and CEO, Aaron Marcus and Associates, CA

12h30 – 14h00

Aaron Marcus, a pioneer and thought leader of computer graphics, will present this workshop, focusing on Green Machine iPhone prototype application based on use of the Smart Grid. This prototype design aims to persuade users at home to reduce their energy consumption and use energy more wisely by combining information, design with persuasion design in a unique, challenging new role.

14h30 – 16h00

Over the last decade, Aaron Marcus has turned his attention to Web, mobile, and vehicle user-interface and information-visualization design, training leaders for centers of excellence, providing guidelines for globalization/localization, and focusing on the challenges of “baby faces” (small displays for consumer information appliances) of ubiquitous devices and cross-cultural communication.

Conference Program Day 1

Monday March 8, 2010

Smart Sessions

Session 1.5.4

Opportunities in creating an effective metering system based on a chip-level solution
Meera Balakrishnan, Global Segment Lead, Freescale Semiconductor

07h30 – 08h50

The intelligence and functionality of next-generation smart meters is largely based on the efficiency of the chip systems incorporated within the meter and system design. Utility and meter manufacturer’s needs can be met by understanding the long term benefits of effectively using a chip-level solution as a basis for design.

Session 1.0.1

General: Opening / Keynote
Chairman: Philip Mezey, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Itron, WA

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address: Improving the utility business to better serve customers- the current state of the industry
Stephen Chu, Secretary, Department of Energy, DC*

09h30 – 10h00

Utility keynote: Putting the customer first – where does technology meets the customer
Anne Shen Smith, Senior Vice President, Customer Services, SDG&E, CA

10h00 – 10h30

Plenary address: Smart grid investments in California
Dr. Nancy Ryan, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, CA

10h30 – 10h45

Metering America Excellence Awards
Celebrating another year of industry excellence, the Metering, Billing/MDM America organizers are proud to announce the ‘Metering America Excellence Awards’ for 2010. The program will recognize industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the utilities sector in North America over the past 12 months. 

Session 1.5.1

Plenary Opening Panel
Chairman: Michael Markides, Senior Analyst, IMS Research, TX

13h30 – 15h00

Global trends driving next generation AMI system architecture and Smart Grid intergration: USA, Europe, Asia

Presentations and discussion around the current situation and expectations of utilities internationally, based on stipulations that have been set by government, standards requirements from a utility perspective and utilities’ plans for integrating home automation, AMI and Smart Grid solutions


Session 1.5.3

The role of wireless networks for AMI communication and the effect on smart meter design
Moderator: Mike Wagner, Director, Telit Wireless Solutions, MA, USA

15h30 – 17h00

Presentations and discussions on the future of smart metering & AMI from a product development perspective and effectively integrating the meter to
the wireless network, including the benefits and weaknesses electing new communication technology vs legacy networks.


Conference Program Day 2

Tuesday March 9, 2010

Smart Session

Session 2.5.4

ZigBee Smart Energy Security: Securing the HAN network
Zin Kyaw, Systems Application Engineer, Texas Instruments, CA

07h30 – 08h50

The smart grid initiative promises new home appliances that are able to intelligently save the end consumer money and energy. For this to occur, these smart appliances must be able to communicate with the utility back haul network via an Energy Service Portal (ESP). One example of the ESP is the electricity meter. This communications link must not only be robust, but also secure. ZigBee is one of the technologies being used for ESP to appliance communication within the home. 


Session 2.5.1

Standards and security considerations in meter and system design
Chairman: John Caskey, Senior Industry Director, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, VA

09h00 – 09h30

Building security into the core of your system
Creating a viable and efficient security system – data transfer from chip to utility- and the prevention of physical meter hacking and data hacking

Joshua Pennell, President, IOActive, WA

(Presentation not yet available – for further queries contact Kim Jansen

09h30 – 10h00

Standards update
DLMS Metering Communication Protocol, IEC standards and IEEE: Project P2030 for Smart Grid Interoperability

Edward Beroset, Director of Engineering and Chairman ANSI standards body, Elster, NC 


10h00 – 10h30

Integration of the ANSI C12.22 standard in system design
The importance of common communication protocol for enabling the smart grid in relation to NIST’s Framework for smart grid interoperability standards

Dr Avygdor Moise, President of Future DOS, Canada

Session 2.5.2

Creating a cost-effective metering system to include the heightened functionality for smart grid integration and consumer change
Chairman: Kaushik Ghosh, Managing Director, PRI UK

11h00 – 11h30

The role of design in behavioral change
Understanding design considerations in next generation product design, consumer interaction with the meter and how smart design will encourage behavioral change in consumers (In-home displays, iPhone and the Internet)

Ben Pirt, Chief Technology Officer, Onzo, UK 


11h30 – 12h00

Creating sustainable profit growth through cost-effective design and manufacture
Designing your meter to be reliable and cost-effective and ensuring your meter manufacturing process is efficient by selecting a dependable, consistent supply chain at the lowest cost

Lance Mo, Regional Director – Electricity Meter Division,  Star Instrument, China 

12h00 – 12h30

Sub-metering in the home and enterprise… The next wave
Prolonging the life of your meter by understanding developments in technology for heightened functionality, techniques for future-proofing, ensuring systems are upgradable and alternatives to current technology.

Jay Cormier, Vice President and General Manager – Energy Management and Communications, Teridian Semiconductor, CA

Session 2.5.3

The role of the meter in an effective home area network
Chairman: Bradley Singletary, Utility Communications Security Architect, Enernex, TN

14h00 – 14h30

Integrating applications and smart meters in the home environment
The role of Consumer and Industrial manufacturers in implementing effective appliance-to-meter communication in the home and adjusting consumer behavior by making HANs profitable, easy and attractive – from appliance, to meter, to home energy management devices.

Kevin Nolan, Vice President of Technology, General Electric Consumer and Industrial, KY

14h30 – 15h00

Designing meters to be a functional and effective part of next-generation home control systems
Adjusting consumer behavior by making HANs profitable, easy and attractive – from appliance, to meter, to home energy management devices and implementing effective appliance-to-meter communication in the home.

Mike Coop, Smart Grid Strategist, HomeGrid Forum, Intel, MA

15h00 – 15h30

Smart Meters – The most important piece of the smart grid?
The components of the grid smart and the importance of making those components able to communicate and share information that ultimately results in the application of business rules that manage the grid and make it more reliable.

Robert Dolin, Chief Technology Officer, Echelon, CA