World Meter Design Congress: Conference Program 2011


World Meter Design Congress

April 18 – 20, 2011

Conference Program Day 1

Monday, April 18, 2011

Session 0.3.1
Integrating the home and the meter – the challenges facing smart meter advocates in the next wave of meter rollouts

11h00 – 11h30

ZigBee: Becoming the Wireless Standard for Tomorrow’s Smart Grid
Tobin Richardson, Director, ZigBee Smart Energy

11h30 – 12h30

VEE Usage Data and Metrology – A study in accuracy
Harry Blake, Solution Architect, Siemens

13h30 – 14h30

The testing and certification of products in the metering space
Paul Molitor, Senior Industry Director of Smart Grid and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA

14h30 – 15h00

A modular approach to HAN connectivity
Barry Haaser, President, Lakeview Group/USNAP

Conference Program Day 2

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Smart Session

07h30 – 08h50

Texas Instruments – energy management systems in the home: gateway to the customer HAN
Zin Kyaw, Systems Application Engineer, Texas Instruments

Session 1.0.1
General: Opening / Keynote

09h00 – 09h10

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jesse Berst, Managing Director, Smart Grid News

09h10 – 09h30

Chairman’s Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dan Sullivan, Managing Director, North America Utilities, Vertex Business Services

09h30 – 10h30

The smart grid at Oncor: Challenges and opportunities from the operational and customer perspectives
Brenda Jackson, Chief Customer Officer, Oncor
Jim Greer, Senior Vice President, Asset Management and Engineering, Oncor

Session 1.5.1
Plenary opening panel

13h30 – 15h00

Manufacturing the meter of the future today –  trends driving next-generation AMI system architecture and Smart Grid integration in the world

Moderator: Clint Wheelock, President, Pike Research


  • Bruno Baylac, Director and GM, Metering, Medical and Connectivity Solutions, Freescale Semiconductors
  • Edward J. Beroset, Director, Software and Test, Elster Electricity LLC
  • Greg Gomez, VP Engineering, Badger Meter
  • Olivier Monnier,  WW Marketing and Business Manager, Texas Instruments
Session 1.5.2
Panel discussion

15h30 – 17h00

Communications networks and the meter – trends in device communications and smart grid integration

Moderator:  Doug Houseman, Vice President Technical Innovations, EnerNex


  • Bob Dolin, Chief Technology Officer, Echelon
  • Thomas Nelson, Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, NIST
  • John Wambaugh, Senior Vice President, Utility Integration Solutions, Inc
  • Josh Roper – Senior Director, Product Management, Silver Spring Networks
  • Mike Ueland, VP and General Manager, Telit Wireless Solutions

Conference Program Day 3

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Smart Session

07h30 – 08h50

Integrating wireless technology into existing systems – focus on cellular
Michael Ueland, General Manager and Vice President, Telit Wireless Solutions
Mark Maresca, Regional Sales Director – Southeast, Telit Wireless Solutions

Session 2.5.1
The Next Wave of Technologies and Processes Driving Forthcoming Meter Rollouts

09h00 – 10h30

Microchip presentation and panel:  delivering energy usage information to consumers

Moderator: Michael Ballard, Sr. Manager, Smart Energy Group


  • Wendy Furchak, Enterprises Data Sales Manager, Utility and Industrial, Verizon Wireless
  • Shahram Mehraban Manager,  Energy Segment Marketing & Architecture Embedded & Communication Group Intel Corporation
  • Matthew Laherty Consulting Engineering, Office of the CTO Business Development Manager Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Clayton Pillion, Manager, Smart Energy Solutions Group, Microchip Technology Inc.

11h00 – 11h30

Interfaces, engagement and the customer – Web solutions, smart phones and the evolving landscape of taking the smart meter information and interacting with it
Neil Tierney, Research & Development Director, Onzo Ltd

11h30 – 12h00

Overview of ZigBee IP and Smart Energy Profile 2.0
Yaoyao Gu, System Applications Engineer – Low Power RF, Texas Instruments

12h00 – 12h30

Lessons learned from our rollout – A utility looks back on what went right
Herman Millican, Meter Operations Manager, Austin Energy

Session 2.5.3
Issues in integration – the challenges of integrating the meter with the home and to consumers

14h00 – 14h30

Smart appliance issues – integrating applications and smart meters in the home environment
Oleg Logvinov, Board of Directors, HomePlug Alliance

14h30 – 15h00

Home energy management service & architecture
Duncan Bees, Chief Technical & Business Officer, Home Gateway Initiative

15h00 – 15h30

Lessons learned from our rollout, part II – a metering company looks back on what went right
Arun Sehgal, Director of Marketing, Itron