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March 2014 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, March 21, 2014

Meeting Topic

Boundaries of the Smart Grid and RF Spectrum Requirements

presented by

Jerry Armes, P.E.

To address the RF spectrum requirements of the Smart Grid and therefore the role that the FCC plays in regulating the Smart Grid, one must define the boundaries and logic involved to implement a functional system. One perspective on the boundaries of the Smart Grid includes the following elements:

  • Data Analytics in the form of Use Cases which define traffic,
  • RF Spectrum that supports wireless facilities that carry traffic, and
  • Demographics to describe the markets that require services, and the related traffic.

    From this perspective, the Smart Grid boundaries can be seen as a complex combination of Use Cases, Geographic Area, Population Density, Spectrum Allocations and Frequency Reuse that define how the communications network core links to its outer extremities.

    A key open boundary issue is the amount, and nature of, the Spectrum needed by the Smart Grid. In that context, the role of the FCC becomes paramount.

    About the Presenter:
    As the CEO and cofounder of Spectrum Planning, Inc. (later acquired by Comsearch), and in his subsequent working life, Jerry has long experience in spectrum management. He was active from 2009-2011 in the SG-Networks Task Force, a wireless data analytics working group established within the UCA International Users Group under the umbrella of the NIST Standards Development process. He is a consulting engineer and is actively working with client companies to develop and/or expand their wireless smart grid infrastructure.

    Luncheon meetings are open to all AFCCE members and their guests.
    Click here for online payment and RSVP

    Reception  11:45 AM
    Luncheon  12:30 PM

    Meeting Location

    Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
    1900 North Fort Myer Drive
    Arlington, VA  22209
    If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
    The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station - Orange or Blue line. Exit the station through the "back door" (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
    Map & Directions

    The cost of the luncheon $45.00 per person or
    $55.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

    Please RSVP to John Reiser or online by 5 pm Friday, March 14th
    by phone at (703)780-4824, email or
    Click here for online payment and RSVP
    Luncheon meetings are open to AFCCE members and their guests.

    All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call.

    Luncheon Menu
    Pan-Seared Peppered Salmon, Rice, and Seasonal Vegetables, Caesar Salad, and New York Style Cheesecake

    If you have special dietary requirements or allergies,
    please indicate in the reservation request online or via email.

    Annual Meeting

    The Prince George Hotel
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    June 19-22, 2014

    See the meeting notice for additional details.
    The 66th AFCCE Annual Meeting, taking place at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,
    Thursday, June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd, 2014.

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel. You must contact the hotel directly to reserve a room, either by calling them at 1-800-565-1567 (please identify yourself as being with the AFCCE), or online at In either case, use the group code 38598 to receive the special group rate.

    Our organized activity on Friday will be a tour of the Nautel Transmitter manufacturing plant in Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia.

    Remember that you need a passport to travel to Canada, so make sure your passports are up to date.

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  • Last revised:
    November 26, 2013