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Special session, demos, tours, workshops also on Expo 2015 agenda

OCT. 8, 2015 (Exton, PA)—A commanding display showing how cable is blazing new trails in energy management will be the highlight of an extensive presence by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ (SCTE) Energy 2020 program at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® Oct. 13-16, in New Orleans.

The “Cable’s Power Innovators” exhibit, which will showcase specific operator-vendor milestones in reducing energy cost and consumption, will be located at SCTE Central, the gateway to the show floor.  The display will set the tone for an Expo program that will highlight the industry’s energy management progress, including: a special 90-minute session on energy management; energy-related product demos and tours; and workshops featuring energy subject matter experts.

“In the 12 months since we launched Energy 2020 at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2014, the program is beginning to hit its stride as an incubator of new energy solutions for the industry,” said John Schanz, Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Comcast Cable and co-chair of the Energy 2020 program.  “Expo 2015 is a tremendous occasion to highlight the many achievements of our talented Energy 2020 team and to discuss the opportunities that are ahead to achieve double-digit percentage reductions in energy cost and consumption.”

Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global and fellow co-chair of the Energy 2020 program, added, “In order to successfully drive change, all players in the supply chain need to work together to keep energy efficiency front of mind during every stage of the product design and development process. Expo 2015 offers a great opportunity to share best practice, evaluate the progress we’ve made so far and at the same time reflect on the areas where there is still room for further improvement.”

The Energy 2020 exhibit will parallel energy case studies on specific accomplishments of operators and vendors with those of their power innovator counterparts of the past.  The walk-through exhibit will illustrate how operators and vendors are leveraging generations of scientific innovation to help the industry accomplish its energy goals.  Exhibit displays include:
- Comcast’s deployment with Bloom Energy of a power plant at a headend in Berlin, Conn., leveraging the company’s highly efficient solid oxide fuel cell and building on fuel cell technology invented by William Robert Grove;
- Cox Communications’ corporate-wide cable facility deployments of solar power with partners such as Velo Solar, an implementation of the photoelectric effect for which Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics;
- Liberty Global/Ziggo’s work on edge facility innovation through the efficiencies of Phase Change Material (PCM) with Tizzon in the Netherlands, extending from Lord Kelvin’s laws of thermodynamics;
- Time Warner Cable’s deployment with Casa Systems of CCAP architectures that increase efficiency across 25 hubs in New York City, drawing on a historical parallel with Radia Perlman, whose invention of Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP) led to network bridges and the foundation of the Internet;
- SCTE’s coordination of the myriad elements of energy management under the Energy 2020 umbrella, an endeavor likened to Thomas Alva Edison’s introduction of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention.
- In addition, there will be a combined display featuring fleet optimization case studies including: Comcast and Knapheide’s vehicle enhancements through up-fitting and weight reduction; Time Warner Cable and Derive Systems’ vehicle performance improvements through software; and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Fleetmatics’ fleet tracking and routing management.

The featured energy case studies will be available on the SCTE Energy 2020 website at next week, immediately prior to the event. Also, the “Energy 2020 Power Stage” within the Energy 2020 exhibit will host deeper dives into these case studies by operator-vendor subject matter experts. A complete presentation schedule will be available next week at

The Energy 2020 exhibit will be open to all registered attendees of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®.  Because the display is located at the entrance to the exhibit hall near registration, it will be open for a total of 34.5 hours, including 20 hours when the exhibit floor itself will be closed to visitors.

In addition to the exhibit, Expo will feature for the second consecutive year a special 90-minute session dedicated to energy management.  The session will include remarks that will frame the program vision from Schanz, Nair and SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban—as well as a review of the Energy 2020 roadmap, an “under the hood’ look at new technological approaches and discussion of financial models around the deployment of energy-efficient products and services.

Also on the energy agenda for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® are:
- Energy 2020 Tour—A self-guided exhibit floor tour that highlights energy-related innovations by vendor technology partners;
- Proof-of-concept demos of the Adaptive Power Systems Interface Specification (APSIS™) that defines software interfaces allowing energy measurement and optimization applications to command and control devices within a service delivery pipeline; and
- B2B and Energy 2020 Conference Track featuring workshops on metrics and baselines and reducing access network energy use as well as on new technologies and alternate power sources.

Operated by SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® is the leading venue for helping the cable telecommunications industry and its workforce to reduce costs, deploy new services and increase customer satisfaction.  Beginning with a pre-conference symposium on Cybersecurity, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015 will feature thought leaders confronting technical challenges facing the industry; peer-to-peer interaction and networking; hundreds of hands-on, technology-centric exhibits; an extensive menu of robust and relevant technical workshops; the International Cable-Tec Games; the IP Challenge highlighting expertise in IP networking and engineering; and other events. Nair is the chairman of the program committee for this year’s event.

More information on Energy 2020 and the SCTE Energy Management Program is available at or by e-mailing SCTE Energy 2020 resources are being made available worldwide through SCTE’s ISBE.


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