Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Bob Friday, Cisco Systems

The Convergence of Electrical and Communication Networks

The worlds electrical grid has remained relatively unchanged since the days of Thomas Edison and rightly so, given its importance to human society. This presentation will look at the regulatory environment that has kept the electrical grid in status quo for the last 100 years as well as the market transitions that are finally forcing us to take the risk to tweak with something that has served us so where for so long. We are fundamentally looking to overlay a communications network on top of one of the most reliable networks that has been developed. This presentation will look at the challenges, options and risks of integrating an IP communications network onto the electrical grid without impacting its reliability that we have all come to expect.