Sept 25 Workshop on Smart Grids, M2M Platforms and "the Internet of Things"

Smart Grids, M2M Platforms, “the Internet of Things” and Other Networks for Smart Devices

12:30pm – 8:00pm, September 25, 2010, Saturday at Benson Center (Bldg 301), Santa Clara University

The applications and communications aspects of smart grids, Machine to Machine (M2M) platforms and smart/ embedded devices are the focus areas of this workshop. “The Internet of things” is often used to denote the wide variety and huge number of networked devices that are now emerging. We will explore that as well as other networks (e.g. WiFi/IEEE 802.11n and home networks) which provide connectivity for emerging devices and the smart grid.

We will also examine how M2M networks will be managed and provisioned for so many embedded devices (Ericsson has predicted 20B connected devices by 2020 and other companies predict even more). IEEE ComSocSCV and NATEA are very fortunate to have so many well known speakers, including the Chair of the TIA Smart Devices Standards Committee, Sprint’s M2M Platform Manager, and the IEEE ComSoc officer who is a world expert on Power Line Communications.

There will be four presentations in each of two workshop Tracks.  The talks are followed by a panel session for each track.  The program is as follows:

Track I: Communications aspects of the Smart Grid

Smart Grid Communications: Enabling a Smarter Grid
Claudio Lima, Vice Chair of IEEE P2030 Smart Grid Architecture Standards WG

Power Line Communications and the Smart Grid
Stefano Galli, Lead Scientist Panasonic R&D

Wireless Communications for Smart Grid
Kuor-Hsin Chang, Principal System Engineer – Standards, Elster Solutions

Role of WiFi/ IEEE 802.11n and Related Protocols in Smart Grid
Venkat Kalkunte, CTO, Datasat Technologies

Track II: Smart Devices, M2M platforms, and Home Networks

Standardization as a Catalyst of M2M Market Expansion
Jeffrey Smith, CTO, Numerex Corp & Chairman, TIA TR-50 Smart Device Communications Standard Committee

Operations and Management of Mobility Applications and M2M Networks
Jason Porter, AVP, AT&T

Sprint’s Machine-to-Machine and Service Enablement Platform
Michael Finegan, West Area M2M Manager of Solutions Engineering, Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

Noise and Interference in Home Networks
Arvind Mallya, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Network Operations

There will be a panel session at the end of each Track, after the presentations

More info at:


As a follow on to our very successful Smart Grid/M2M workshop at SCU, here is an article just published on the M2M market forecasts and an assessment of the network changes that are needed to realize those forecasts

Success! Aug 24 ComSocSCV Social with tech discussions, networking and inter-personal communications

Aug 24 6pm-9pm  China Stix,  Santa Clara, CA

During our 6pm -7:15pm networking session we had breakout groups to discuss:

  • Sprint’s M2M platform and initiatives (Led by Sprint’s M2M product mgr)
  • High speed transmission on twisted pair:  10G BaseT (LANs) and xDSL  (Sept 8 meeting topic)
  • Smart Grid, Smart Devices, Internet of Things (Sept 25 workshop topic)
  • 40G/100G Ethernet (Oct 13 meeting topic)
16 people (2 from Sprint) attended our gala dinner at China Stix in Santa Clara.  In addition, two came for the free networking session that preceded the dinner.  We had attendees driving to Santa Clara from all over the SF Bay Area, Monterey, Sacramento/Folsom and Orinda.  Lots of great conversation, camraderie, fine food and wine.  Two lucky individuals took home a bottle of premium wine as a gift.

Here are a few of the comments/ testimonials received via email with my acknowledgement at the end of this chain:

Alan —

Thanks again for the wonderful time last Tuesday–I will make every one of these events from now on.  I hope to make the 25 Sep event, though I think may be on a plane coming in to San Jose at the time.  You run a great meeting and social event, my friend–many thanks!



Assistant Professor

Thanks for a very well-organized Aug 24th social!

Alan, thanks a million from my side as well. It was well-organized and every one enjoyed the evening. I finally got to meet with Alan Earman and within minutes found out that we know several people in common. The world of connectivity does these wonders and Comsoc is a big part of it!

MP Divakar

Hello Alan and everyone,

Thank you for a great event last night.  Thank you for having us there.  We had a great time meeting everyone, the food was delicious, and the wines were tasteful.  I hope we can meet again soon.  Have a great day everyone!

Yes Alan, I agree with Sameer – this was great! I wish more people came and enjoyed the social.

Hi Alan,
Just wanted to say thank you once again for a very well-organized social yesterday at China Stix. My wife Sumi and I enjoyed meeting with everyone, the stimulating conversations and the very good food & drink.
Great job and thanks again!

Hi Alan,

Thank you so much for a great evening. I enjoyed meet with everyone there as well as your good choice of food. Appreciate all your good words about me. I look forward to future collaborations.


Hi Alan

I had a wonderful time at the ComSoc social. The food, wine, and conversation were fantastic. Thank you for inviting me to attend.

Thank you for sharing the panel questions with me. Perhaps we should discussing security and or privacy aspects as it relates to regulatory issues.

I’m sure there will be a few folk interested in IPv4 addressing and connecting billion of machines at some point we will run out of IPv4 addresses.

Kind regards,

Michael Finegan

Manager, M2M Solutions Engineering

Emerging Solutions Group at

Sprint Nextel

Chairman’s Response:

Dear All

Thanks for your compliments on the social.  Alice had earlier acknowledged she had a great time and I hope everyone else did too!
We need more of these events to make people feel good, improve their networking/ inter-personal communications skills, and exchange information and opinions.  It gets your mind off all the financial/economic/political problems of the day.  And there are sure a lot of those!
I encourage all of the attendees (see To: list) to communicate with one another and build your personal network of contacts.  You can continue the living dinner conversation via email and phone conversations.  Just reach out to those people you’d like to know better or exchange ideas/ proposals with.  Let the round two communications begin upon receipt of this email

Thanks again for coming last night.  Especially appreciate the dedication of those who had very long commutes- Olu from Sacramento/Folsom, Karl from Monterey, Michael from Orinda, Erin from?  We really appreciate your attendence at our gala social!

Warmest regards and best wishes
Alan J Weissberger, ScD, retired Prof SCU EE Dept
IEEE ComSoc SCV Chairman