Energy Management

Energy Measurement Planning at the Plenary

Energy 2020 - Energy MeasurementWhen you hear the initialism EMS, what comes to mind? Maybe Emergency Management System (e.g., 911), or if you are an outdoors enthusiast, Eastern Mountain Sports. In the cable industry, EMS stands for Energy Management Subcommittee. This group produces industry-changing standards and operational practices supporting Energy 2020. Last week, we conducted the second SCTE Standards EMS Plenary meeting and had the privilege to hear from both Energy 2020 co-chairs, John Schanz and Balan Nair.

I touched on Balan’s points in an earlier blog post, and here I will reflect on John’s words of wisdom. Via video conference (I love when the industry uses the technology it enables!), John addressed the 100-plus participants and centered on the big ideas of measurements and scalability. As Energy Metrics working group chair, I was delighted to hear the thoughts of our influential leader. John emphasized the need to have a unified approach to measurement that is rationalized and harmonized. The SCTE Standards Program really enables that unified approach by bringing together cable operators and solution providers to produce aligned industry measures. To date, we have three documents that speak directly to energy measurement:

  • SCTE 210 2015, Performance Metrics for Energy Efficiency & Functional Density of Cable Data Generation, Storage, Routing, and Transport Equipment
  • SCTE 211 2015, Energy Metrics for Cable Operator Access Networks
  • SCTE 213 2015, Edge and Core Facilities Energy Metrics (will be posted to http://www.scte.org when available)

SCTE 211 and 213 address specifically where the bulk of energy is consumed in the cable space and speak to John’s call for a unified approach to measurement in the edge, core, and access network.

SCTE 210 begins to address John’s second mention: scale. SCTE 210 is the first in a series of standards that will allow cable operators to measure useful work vs. power consumed. The more useful work and less power consumed will demonstrate via standard test procedures how well a piece of equipment will scale as compared to power consumed. The working group that produced SCTE 210 is completing publication of its single standard.

Anyone who has heard John speak on energy management understands his passion for challenging the industry to develop next-next-gen equipment. There are many standards in the line-up for Energy 2020 that touch on this. For example, on deck in the Energy Metrics working group is a document that speaks to CCAP, Edge QAM, and CMTS equipment; development then moves on to a wireless equipment standard, and next on to a document that will address RF equipment.

SCTE Standards will enable the fair comparison of equipment in the marketplace today and the next-next-gen gear cable operators will turn to in the industry’s ever-evolving technology landscape. Don’t be left behind as we progress in developing new energy measurement technologies. Learn more and get involved.

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