PMRExpo to Have Focus on Energy Industry’s Data Needs
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | Comments

The Energy Industry Symposium will take place 27 November at PMRExpo 2019 in Germany. The symposium is aimed at representatives of energy suppliers and municipal utilities and will examine issues of security-critical communications.

“Especially for companies whose core business, such as securing the energy supply, absolutely relies on secure (mobile) communications, the current situation appears diffuse,” said Matthias Lampe with KAITEC, moderator of the symposium. “The only systems for mobile, mission-critical TETRA and DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) communications currently available do not offer adequate data transmission rates for broadband applications. Whether frequencies will be available in Germany in the future for private mission-critical 4G or 5G systems to replace the TETRA and DMR systems is not yet clear.”

Lampe said users who have at least in some areas higher data demands will have to rely on a mix of technologies in the future. Mission-critical services will be provided through their own hardened wireless system, while non-mission-critical services will be provided via public mobile wireless networks. Users with higher demand for availability and failsafe performance of radio systems include operators of critical infrastructure in particular.

The Energy Industry Symposium aims to suggest ideas and indicate potential solutions for the communications of operators of critical infrastructures in the energy industry in future. High-ranking speakers will present concepts for implementation, outline the technical possibilities of various systems, share their experiences from implemented projects and explain the regulatory framework. The focus is on the preparation of a blackout and efficient response in crisis management, the eminent importance of telecommunications for the critical infrastructure of an energy utility, use cases of secure communications in the energy industry — including the 450 MHz solution — and convergent radio solutions for more efficient communications at energy utilities.

Under the National 5G Energy Hub, participants can learn more about digitalization in energy technology, and central and decentralized solutions, as well as specific solutions, such as a regional virtual power plant, protection concepts for the electric low-voltage network and the monitoring of energy management systems for buildings. Speakers will also explain how energy utilities can use mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) and which frequency ranges are available for private radio networks.

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