Agenda Topics

Conference Sessions

Below are the topics for the sessions that will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. The final agenda will be available when you arrive.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Deploying 4G Cellular Technology
Distributed Intelligence in the Smart GridAdvances in load balancing, near real time control, sensors and edge intelligence that increase the resiliency, speed and efficiency of the smart grid.
Introduction to Distribution Automation
Introduction to Distribution AutomationDistribution Automation applications that improve infrastructure performance, reduce the length of outages and lessen the amount of time spent in the field.
Software as a Service (SaaS) for DA
Using SaaS To Operate and Maintain Your DA PortfolioLeverage Software as Service (SaaS) to improve reliability, increase capability and save money in the operation and maintenance of DA and SCADA systems.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Distributed Energy Resources
Distributed Energy ResourcesCustomer-led panel on initiatives surrounding distributed energy resources.
Electric Meter Firmware DownloadElectric Meter Firmware DownloadCustomer-led discussion on best practices for deploying a firmware download to electric meters.
First Article Test For Electric MetersNew Test Tool For Electric Meter(s)How to verify meter samples in about one minute with a new FlexNet Automated Shop Tool (FAST) and a review of the First Article policy.
Load Profile ManagementLoad Profile ManagementA guide to deploying a load profile management program with multiple messaging.
Over-the-Air ConfigurationOver-the-Air Reconfiguration of Electric Meters: Device Type 83Guidelines on performing over-the-air meter configuration updates.
Over-the-Air ConfigurationOver-the-Air Reconfiguration of Electric Meters: Device Type 23 and 50Guidelines on performing over-the-air meter configuration updates.
Power Outage and Restoration
Power Outage and Restoration A customer panel on using data and the integration of outage management systems with the FlexNet communication network to improve service restoration and customer satisfaction.
Remote Connect/DisconnectRemote Connect/Disconnect Success StoriesA customer panel on building a business case around the benefits of deploying the remote connect/disconnect feature on an electric meter. Topics will include pre-pay services.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Analytics Platform for GasApplications in Gas Analytics A guide to new applications in gas analytics, including customer portal, gas day and curtailment.
Cathodic ProtectionA Guide to Cathodic Protection MonitoringUsing the Cathodic Protection monitoring solution to automate the collection of data from test points and rectifiers in a gas distribution system.
Gas Pressure Monitoring
Gas Pressure Monitoring with Sensus® Smart Gateway Sensor InterfacePressure monitoring features and capabilities of the Sensus Smart Gateway product.
Gas Portfolio Roadmap
Gas Portfolio RoadmapEmerging technologies and products for gas utilities.
Innovation in the Gas Industry
Gas Industry Innovation PanelA utility-led discussion on innovation and automation in the gas industry.
Sensor and Digital Alarms
Sensors and Digital Alarms Customer-led panel on using the Sensus Smart Gateway to connect to various sensors and digital alarms.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Base Station Monitoring Base Station ManagementThe impact of base station field issues on network performance, including message on air logs, table messages and SNMP traps.
FlexNet® Communications System RoadmapFlexNet Communications System Roadmap An update on the uses, features and benefits of the FlexNet communication network, including the latest base station models.
Monitoring Your Communications Network
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Radio Frequency and Capacity Planning
Radio Frequency and Capacity Planning ToolsAn update to the radio frequency (RF) and capacity tools used by the Sensus engineering team.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions  
Beyond the Bulb: Strategies for Smart LightingBeyond the Bulb: Strategies for Smart LightingA customer-led panel featuring different smart lighting success stories.
Building a Smarter Grid and City with LightingBuilding a Smarter Grid and City with LightingThe benefits and ROI of smart lighting for smart cities, including DA, DR, voltage and lighting as a service, an access point for sensor networks and as part of your larger strategy.
Deploying 4G Cellular TechnologyDistributed Intelligence in the Smart GridAdvances in load balancing, near real time control, sensors and edge intelligence that increase the resiliency, speed and efficiency of the smart grid.
Introduction to VantagePoint Lighting Control SolutionIntroduction to VantagePoint Lighting Control SolutionAn overview of the VantagePoint Lighting Control solution with features and benefits of the control module, software and FlexNet communication network.
Security for Battery-Powered DevicesSecurity for Battery-Powered DevicesSecuring battery-powered devices on the FlexNet system and how the security controls can affect daily utility operations.
Smart Water ApplicationsSmart Water Pressure Solutions and Hydraulic ModelingIndustry perspective on the benefits of an interactive customer portal.
Using SaaS To Operate and MaintainYour DA PortfolioUsing SaaS To Operate and MaintainYour DA PortfolioLeverage Software as Service (SaaS) to improve reliability, increase capability and save money in the operation and maintenance of DA and SCADA systems.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
FlexNet EncryptionEncryption Best PracticesCustomer-led panel featuring experiences with enabling encryption on the FlexNet communication network, including an overview of encrypting devices and the impact on daily utility operations.
Security for Battery-Powered Devices
Security for Battery-Powered DevicesSecuring battery-powered devices on the FlexNet system and how the security controls can affect daily utility operations.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
RNI Software Roadmap
RNI Software RoadmapPotential features and enhancements for the 2017 RNI roadmap including management applications, network tuning and CMEP management.
RNI Software Update
RNI Software UpdateFeatures and capabilities of the most recent update to the Regional Network Interface (RNI) software. 

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Customer PortalsUsing Portals to Connect with CustomersIndustry perspective on the benefits of an interactive customer portal.
Leak DetectionLeak Detection Success StoriesReal-life examples of the tools and techniques used for identifying and fixing leaks.
Managing a FlexNet® SystemManaging a FlexNet SystemPractical advice and tips for installing and managing a FlexNet communication network.
Managing Two-way Communications
Managing Two-Way CommunicationsCommonalities in two-way communications and differences with the ally water meter and Sensus Smart Gateway products.
Non-Revenue Water
Non-Revenue Water: Beyond LeaksGo beyond leak detection with products and solutions for Identifying other sources of non-revenue water.
Sensus Analytics for Water
Sensus Analytics for Water Overview
An overview of the current and future features and benefits of Sensus Analytics.
Sensus Analytics for Water
Emerging analytics products for utilities deploying a smart water system.
Smart Water Applications
ally® water meter overview and case studyReal world examples of the ally meter and software applications featuring Easton Suburban Water Authority.
Practical Applications of Sensus Analytics The benefits and ease of use for Sensus Analytics.
Smart Water Pressure Solutions and Hydraulic ModelingIndustry perspective on the benefits of an interactive customer portal.
Water Meters
Getting to Know Your Water MetersA guide to residential and commercial/industrial water meters. Topics include features, functions, testing and validation.
Water Portfolio Roadmap
Water Portfolio RoadmapEmerging technologies and products for utilities deploying a smart water system.

Technical Workshops

Below are the topics for the technical workshops that will be held on Wednesday, November 9th. The final agenda will be available when you arrive.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Base Station Alarms
Base Station: Alarms Review alarms by base station type and actions required to resolve them.
Base Station Backhaul
Base Station: BackhaulReview of base station configuration and security.
Base Station Maintenance
Base Station: Maintenance Routine steps to properly maintain base stations.
Base Station Monitoring
Base Station: Monitor and TroubleshootTools available within the RNI for monitoring base station/network performance with a focus on abnormalities and their likely causes.
Base Station Power Systems
Base Station: Power System ManagementLog in procedures, system operational status overview, analysis of log files and manual battery testing for the Cordex and GE/Lineage power systems.
Base Station Unified Software
Base Station: Unified Software ReleaseOverview of the new Unified operating system release for base stations and the commands necessary for basic configuration.
Unified OS Configuration
Unified Operating System ConfigurationContents and commands to configure the JSON file, including transmitter and receiver configurations, enabling MOM, assigning time slots and synchronized transmit options.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
AutomationControl™ OverviewAutomationControl: OverviewIntroduction to the AutomationControl interface. Topics include system capabilities, license options and upcoming 3.2 features.
AutomationControl ManagementAutomationControl Management (Part 1)Basic features of AutomationControl (AC), including interface navigation. User and device management, including commissioning.
AutomationControl ManagementAutomationControl Management (Part 2)Off-normal reports and FlexNet communication network concepts, including routing and base station setup.
AutomationControl TroubleshootingAutomationControl: TroubleshootingDiscussion of AC functionalities with a focus on troubleshooting end points, intelligent electronic devices and connectivity.
AutomationControl: Managing SCADA-Xchange™AutomationControl and SCADA-XchangeIntroduction to the SCADA-Xchange system, including setup requirements, port/channel discussion and configuration options.
TunnelingAutomationControl: Tunneling Using the Sensus Remote Connect Client to communicate over the air to an intelligent electronic device.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Alarms and Status Messages
Alarm and Status MessagesOverview of the alerts function in the Device Manager. Review electric meter alarms and status.
ESM Troubleshooting
Getting Interval Data From Load ProfilesUnderstand metadata retrieval and backfill and use recommended settings for modulation, transmit mode and rate. Review tools to monitor load profile health and look at configuration of CMEP for load profile data.
Firmware Download Push
Initiating a Firmware DownloadInitiate a firmware download push to electric meters through the RNI. Review in-flight status and addressing meters that did not successfully receive the firmware.
First Article Configuration Tool
Introduction to the FlexNet Automated Shop Tool (FAST)A beginner-level session on using the FlexNet Automated Shop Tool (FAST) program Topics include First Article and sample inspection, default settings and radio board validation.
Meter Management with FlexNet® UtilityFlexNet Utility: Configuring MetersHow to reconfigure a meter to alter its functionality using the FlexNet Utility tool.
Meter Management with FlexNet® Utility
FlexNet Utility: Interrogating MetersVerify and understand meter settings using the FlexNet Utility tool.
Meter Program Confirmation Tool
Advanced FlexNet Automated Shop Tool (FAST)An advanced-level session on using FlexNet Automated Shop Tool (FAST) to confirm meter programming for First Article testing. Students will install the FAST program on their laptops and learn how to set up the tool.
Ordering Meters
Ordering the Right Meter ConfigurationsHow to use the order entry management system (OEMS) portal to ensure correct meter configurations in your request.
Reconfiguring ESM MetersOver-the-Air Reconfiguration of Electric Meters: Device Type 83Use a new tool to configure the Stratus and IConA meters over-the-air through the FlexNet communication system. Specific to iConA meters with Device Type 83.
Reconfiguring Legacy Meters
Over-the-Air Reconfiguration of Electric Meter: Device Types 23 and 50Use a new tool for issuing the complex commands for meter configuation changes conducted over-the-air through the RNI. Specific to iConA meters with Device Types 23 and 50.
Sensus Meter Configurations
Stratus and iConA Meter ConfigurationsHow to set up the Sensus Stratus and iConA meters for proper billing and secondary data.
Third-Party Meter Configurations
Third-Party Meter ConfigurationsProgram a meter using third-party meter configurations and set up the FlexNet communication network module to deliver meter data.
Time of Use Optimization
Time of Use OptimizationUsing midnight read, standard ANSI table reads (23 versus 26) and filling in missing tier data.

TopicsTitlesDescription
Cathodic Protection Test Point Management
Install and Configure a Cathodic Protection Test PointInstall, wire and configure a cathodic protection test point FieldLogic.
Gas SmartPoint Installation and Programming
Install and Program Gas Meter SmartPointsInstall SmartPoints on gas meters and program them using FieldLogic.
Pressure Monitoring
Install and Configure a Sensus Smart Gateway Sensor Interface for Pressure MonitoringUse FieldLogic to install, wire and configure a pressure transducer to a Sensus Smart Gateway Sensor Interface.
Sensus® Smart Gateway Management
Manage Sensus Smart Gateway Sensor Interface Using Device ManagerUse Device Manager software to review practical Sensus Smart Gateway Sensor Interface pressure data scenarios.
SmartPoint® 900 GM Installation and Configuration
Install and Configure a 900GM Industrial SmartPoint with Mercury and Eagle CorrectorsUse FieldLogic and MasterLink software to install, wire and configure a 900GM Industrial SmartPoint to a Mercury Corrector. Use FieldLogic and Field Manager software with an Eagle MP Plus Corrector.
Sonix® Ultrasonic Meters & SmartPoint 900 GM
Sonix Ultrasonic Gas Meter and 900GM Industrial SmartPointReview the Sonix Ultrasonic gas meter and 900GM Industrial SmartPoint.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Base Station and Endpoint Security
Base Station and Endpoint SecurityConfigure base station security controls. Use field tools to communicate with encrypted endpoints and review recommendations for optical port security configuration.
Network Security OverviewNetwork Security OverviewA guide to the available security controls in Sensus products and how they support a utility's security program.
Regional Network Interface (RNI)™ Authentication
RNI Authentication and RolesDefine and list the RNI authentication stores, authorize users, assign roles and configure a password policy. Secure multiple products and solutions including Device Manager, VantagePoint Lighting Control and meter data management systems. Configure Active Directory and RNI integration.
Advanced Encryption
Advanced Encryption 1Advanced configuration options such as troubleshooting encrypted devices, key rotations and its impact on a network.
Advanced Encryption
Advanced Encryption 2Advanced configuration options such as troubleshooting encrypted devices, key rotations and its impact on a network.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
Day in the Life of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)Everything you need to know about AMI management. Topics include installation, operation, on demad reads, Device manager, reporting, re-reads, data extraction, billing dispute resolution, upgrades, migration and troubleshooting.
Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)
Day in the Life of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)Everything you need to know about AMR management. Topics include installation, operation, route management, meter units, reporting, re-reads, data extraction, billing dispute resolution, upgrades, migration and troubleshooting.
OMNI™ Meter Overview
OMNI Meter Features and Maintenance Overview of the OMNI water meter features and how to install, troubleshoot, tear down, retrofit and test them.
Sensus Analytics for Water
Sensus Essential Analytics for WaterOverview of the features, reports, navigation, billing interface, custom reports, troubleshooting and upgrades.
Sensus® Logic MDM™ Features
Features of the Sensus Logic MDM Application SuiteOverview of the features, reports, navigation, billing interface, custom reports, troubleshooting and upgrades in the Sensus Logic Meter Data Management Application Suite.

Customer-Led Sessions

Below are the topics for the customer-led sessions that will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. The final agenda will be available when you arrive.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
ElectricEPRI and PECO: A Customer Success StoryHear the story behind the collaboration between EPRI, PECO and Sensus to develop AMI-based pole inclination monitors, inexpensive devices that use the FlexNet network to send alarms if utility poles are damaged or knocked down.
ElectricGeorgia Power Company: A Customer Success StoryLearn how Georgia Power Company Metering Services detects errors and discrepancies as well as finds obsolete data in their systems. Through real-world scenarios, you’ll learn what questions to ask IT and the importance of looking at your database at the system level.
ElectricGreat Plains Energy: A Customer Success StoryHear the lessons Great Plains Energy (Kansas City Power & Light) learned as they deployed the FlexNet network and built a successful Distribution Automation system. The session will include their migrating from PowerVista to Automation Control.
ElectricMinnesota Power: A Customer Success StoryHear how Minnesota Power has reduced its demand response program costs by more than 70 percent by transitioning from a residential heating load control program to a modernized demand response initiative powered by the FlexNet system and Sensus electric meters with remote disconnect.
StreetlightingPECO: A Streetlighting Success StoryLearn how PECO conducted a successful smart streetlight demonstration with the FlexNet network, VantagePoint Lighting Control and RNI 3.3.2 in time for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
WaterCity of San Bruno, CA: A Customer Success StoryThe City of San Bruno, California spent nine months installing a FlexNet system and more than ten thousand iPERL water meters. Their robust program updated an aging infrastructure and positioned them well for the future.
WaterCity of Gainesville, GA: A Customer Success StoryLearn the techniques used by the City of Gainesville, GA to improve total billing reads through FlexNet into their billing system. Using a geographic information system (GIS) and other readily available tools, they’ve been able to substantially improve billing read quantity and limit the amount of reads that need to be acquired manually or with a VGB.
WaterCity of Gresham: A Customer Success StoryHear how the City of Gresham, Oregon relies on OMNI water meters, Software as a Service and Sensus Analytics to detect leaks and better serve customers.
WaterEastern Municipal Water District: A Customer Success StoryHear how Eastern Municipal Water District uses the FlexNet system to manage their recycled water supply, help inform customers of potential concerns and aid in ongoing conservation efforts.
WaterParker Water and Sanitation District: A Customer Success Story
Discover the trials and tribulations of Parker Water and Sanitation District’s system-wide meter replacement and AMI program. From building a business case through analyzing consumption data, hear how the program resulted in reducing water loss and improving communication with customers.
WaterSilver Creek Water Corporation: A Customer Success Story Hear how Silver Creek Water Corporation moved from using touch read to radio read to FlexNet to capture data from water meters. This interactive discussion will also include how technology changed the face of the utility and what lies ahead for the industry.

Partner-Led Sessions

Below are the topics for the partner-led sessions that will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. The final agenda will be available when you arrive.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
ElectricAn NRTC Expert’s Guide to Troubleshooting AMI DeploymentsLearn best practices and tips for a successful FlexNet AMI implementation.
Electric, Gas and WaterSupporting a Third-Party Utility under Your AMI NetworkHear about the elements and considerations in executing this type of agreement including the impact on current operations.
WaterA Successful Meter Installation Project from Start to FinishLearn how to anticipate and overcome problems with meter installation projects through sound planning, construction management and data management strategies.
WaterReduce Non-Revenue Water with Water Loss ManagementLearn how to assess, identify and respond to water loss within your water distribution system, quantify non-revenue water and monitor system consumption and pressure.
WaterTop-Down and Bottom-Up Business Case for Meters and AMIHear an overview of a top-down and bottom-up approach for developing the business case for changing out meters and installing fixed base or mobile/drive-by meter reading technology.
WaterUsing AMI for Water Resource ConservationHear how AMI provides the tools, serves as the platform and enables the proper insight to help utilities properly invest in aging water infrastructure and increase conservation by leveraging smart metering technologies.
WaterUsing Mobile Technology to Reduce Data Entry ErrorsLearn how Suez North America streamlined field service work for meter programming and data capture by implementing technology operating off a single mobile device.

Plenary Sessions

Below are the topics for the plenary sessions that will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.

TopicsTitlesDescriptions
Smart CitiesSmart Cities SessionJesse Berst, Founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council.
Smart WaterSmart Water SessionGeorge Kunkel, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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Featured Exhibitor

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Thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors. Be certain to visit them in the Partner Pavilion