PMRExpo conference to focus on critical comms and energy supply

Key presentations will look at providing communications in crises, critical infrastructure and energy supply during the three-day trade fair in Cologne

PMRExpo conference to focus on critical comms and energy supply

The conference section of the PMRExpo exhibition in Cologne (24-26 November 2015) will provide a focus on communication in crises, critical infrastructure and the importance of energy supply.

In a crisis, the protection of human life and critical infrastructure (KRITIS) such as power supplies, transport networks, telecommunications and the internet depend on professional communications systems. As an example, the conference will also link the subject of critical infrastructure to power supplies and also offer presentations on the communications needs of energy utilities, and solutions for them.

"Communication in crises between evidence and resilience - Principles and Perspectives" will be the subject introduced by Prof. Dr. Georg Ruhrmann, Director of the Institute of
Communication Research at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, to launch the PMR
Conference on 24 November.

Discussion on IT security for critical infrastructure
Also taking place on the opening day of the conference will be a panel discussion on IT security for critical infrastructure, featuring Arne Rajchowski, IT Manager, German Federal
Association of the Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), Robert Tech, Managing Director of
Assecor GmbH, and Edgar Schmid, a committee member of PMeV, the professional mobile radio association.

The discussion will be chaired by Phil Kidner of TETRA and the Critical Communications Association (TCCA). On the second day of the conference, 25 November, a presentation entitled "Critical infrastructure and energy supply" will form a link with the target group of energy utilities. The speaker will be Josef Lorenz, programme manager at IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH.

Communication needs and solutions for energy utilities
The wide range of corporate challenges and solutions for utilities is reflected by the presentations on communications requirements and solutions for them. Dr. Kai Daniel, who is responsible for new technologies/projects at RWE Deutschland AG and chairman of the expert "control functions" team of the VDE network technology/network operation committee, will report on "communications and system requirements in the smart grid", while Roland Beissert, managing director of CAx soft GmbH, will deliver a field report on the "Berlin grid: medium-tension grid automation in a city environment".

How two local energy utilities optimise their communications by cooperating will be illuminated by the presentation on the joint integrated communications network for municipal authorities, using the example of Karlsruhe and Ettlingen (Germany). The speaker in this case will be Klaus Gräser, managing director of Blickle & Scherer Kommunikationstechnik GmbH & Co KG.

Presentations at the PMR Conference will be simultaneously interpreted into English and
German.

The PMR Conference at PMRExpo:
Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 10.30 to 16.00 hrs, Offenbachsaal
Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 10.00 to 16.00 hrs, Offenbachsaal

Visit www.pmrexpo.de for up-to-date information on the trade fair and programme.

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