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Welcoming OSI as Gold Sponsor

Please join us in welcoming OSI (Open Systems International) as Gold Sponsor to NextGen SCADA Global 2020, taking place in less than 1 week on 27-31 January in Berlin. The OSI team will be presenting on the main conference programme, holding a series of 1:1 live demo sessions during the Live Demo Lab and will be available to discuss your SCADA, GMS, EMS, and DMS needs.

To pre-arrange a live demo meeting, please contact us at registration@smartgrid-forums.com explaining in brief what you’d like to get from the session, so that the OSI team can prepare and personalise the session to your specific information needs.


In the Conference Room:

14:00 Wednesday 29 January

NextGen SCADA Architecture: Delivering a unified enterprise OT network management platform to optimize multi-asset utilities

  • Providing a cohesive, distributed architecture to host all OT requirements on a single common platform and minimize the cost of ownership
  • Enabling separation of concerns at the application level, as well as the agility to implement and deploy solutions for new requirements
  • Accommodating multi-level system hierarchies to manage tens of millions of diverse asset-related, real-time measurements in EMS, GMS, DMS, DERMS, Gas, Water and other OT applications
  • Replacing the traditional primary/standby control center paradigm with the OpenXphere “cloud” as the OT system of record
  • Delivering IT and OT services that are scalable, elastic, and virtualized, with efficient container-based auto provisioning and automatic load balancing/high availability
  • Supporting deployment of on-premises, private, public or hybrid clouds for optimal resource planning and utilization
NextGen SCADA Global 2020 Blog
Branka Rakic – Chief Architect – OSI (Open Systems International INC)

Branka Rakic is the Principal Systems Architect and a member of the product management team at OSI. She has over 30 years of engineering experience, including architecture, design and implementation of software systems, data management applications, utility automation systems, and advanced graphical user interfaces.

Ms. Rakic oversees systems design and architecture at OSI to ensure that delivered systems meet the customers’ vision and requirements. She also works with product management to set the strategic direction for the OSI platform architecture.

Ms. Rakic holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo and an MS degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University


In the Solution Zone:

OSI is the fastest growing SCADA/GMS/EMS/DMS supplier, with over 550 systems managing operations of power grids in the world today. Our product monarch™´s unique architecture is field-proven and meets the operational needs of many utilities (electrical, gas, and water).

monarch™ is a state-of-the-art open system architecture designed for unequalled portability and is available on various high-performance hardware and operating system platforms. It is an extensible architecture that scales well from smaller applications to very large distributed network systems.

The monarch™ architecture meets the key criteria for a truly open system: It supports multiple choices in terms of hardware, operating system, virtualization and database platforms, and is expandable, upgradeable and maintainable to the highest degree possible.

Please let us know your availability for a live demo session and your topics of interest, in order for us to focus the presentation properly, by emailing: registration@smartgrid-forums.com

We look forward to meeting you at this year’s NextGen SCADA Global conference in Berlin!

Register Today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700
Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit:   NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event!


Final Call to Join us at NextGen SCADA Global 2020

There are now less than two weeks until NextGen SCADA Global 2020!

If you are planning to attend but have not yet booked your place, please visit the registration page and secure your place today, to ensure that you and your organisation benefit from the most crucial electric-utility-focused, technically in-depth, and vendor-independent discussion on the lessons learnt from real life implementations of next-generation SCADA, EMS and DMS across smart grid infrastructures.

In the meantime, I am delighted to highlight some key features and a few new additions to a rich and exciting agenda.

Register today

SCADA System Integration Workshop | Monday 27 January 2020

Trend Analysis
Laying out current and future business cases for SCADA system integration and identifying benefits and new opportunities in the context of IT-OT integration and the energy transition
Digital Architecture & Governance
Evaluating various approaches to digital architecture and identifying criteria for choosing suitable architectures for your organization
Overcoming the Challenges of System Integration
Investigating specific challenges of integrating SCADA with OMS, GIS, EAM and other systems and identifying key integrations, considerations and common pitfalls per system
Applying CIM
Introducing the Common Information Model and the drivers behind its development and exploring the present benefits and flaws of CIM in relation to SCADA system integration
Achieving Interoperability Across the SCADA System Landscape
Exploring new modularisation approaches and adapting DevOps programming methods for faster implementation of new features
Case Study and Q&A
Review of a real-life utility case study, exploring the steps taken, benefits delivered, and crucial lessons learnt. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered in detail by the workshop leaders

View full workshop agenda

Conference Day One | Tuesday 28 January 2020

Next-Gen SCADA Infrastructure
Presenting a vision for the future of smart grid SCADA and outlining the necessary steps to achieve it
Modular Design
Designing a flexible next-gen SCADA architectures to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving energy system
ADMS
Integrating SCADA with DMS and OMS to create a centralised platform for advanced management of distribution grids
Next-Gen SCADA/EMS
Developing future-proof SCADA/EMS infrastructure to effectively meet the challenges of the energy transition
SCADA Projects & Delivery
Employing industry best practices to improve SCADA project delivery outcomes and reduce implementation timelines
SCADA Migration
Seamlessly migrating to next-gen SCADA while maximising value from legacy systems

Alongside the case study agenda:

Panel: Business Case
Examining SCADA in the context of the energy transition to build a compelling business case for investment in advanced features

Roundtable Discussions
Each group, comprising of representatives of the entire SCADA community, will focus on a specific theme that arose during the day’s presentations

Evening Networking Reception
Relax and unwind after an intensive day. Enjoy the company of colleagues from across the smart grid SCADA community

View full day one agenda

Conference Day Two | Wednesday 29 January 2020

SCADA & Cloud
Exploring the potential for cloud-based SCADA to deliver a more flexible and distributed smart grid control architecture
Next-Gen SCADA Architecture
Delivering a unified enterprise OT network management platform to optimize multi-asset utilities
Automated Curative System Operation
Leveraging real-time state estimation to deliver automated remedial action during periods of high system loading
SCADA Data
Maximising enterprise-wide benefits from from SCADA through effective extraction and utilisation of SCADA data
Wide-Area Monitoring
Leveraging phasor measurement units to improve situational awareness and grid resilience

Alongside the case study agenda:

Panel: Advanced Features and Functionalities
Unlocking new SCADA features to maximise technical benefits and improve ROI

View full day two agenda

Conference Day Three | Thursday 30 January 2020

Smart Tools for Energy Markets
Specifying the range of control centre tools, processes and systems required for full integration with evolving energy markets
SCADA & DERs
Developing next-gen SCADA functionality to fully support flexibility and an evolving energy market
Managing Dynamic Load
Delivering accurate load flow calculations from fluctuating supply and demand to support a stable and resilient grid
DSO Operational Planning
Developing operational planning, re-dispatch and congestion management capability at the distribution-level to deliver advanced energy system operation
SCADA & Flexibility
Deploying cloud-based SCADA to deliver agile and scalable control of flexibility resources
Forecasting
Developing advanced forecasting models to support a wide range of next-gen SCADA analytical tools
FLISR
Leveraging real-time data to intelligently locate, isolate and restore faults
Low-Voltage Monitoring
Extending SCADA to the LV network to support higher levels of DER integration and smarter system operation

View full day three agenda

SCADA Cybersecurity Seminar | Friday 31 January 2020

Next-Gen SCADA Security Strategy
Developing a SCADA security strategy that strikes an effective balance between security and usability
Cybersecurity Policy
Aligning organisational approaches to cybersecurity with the latest technology and standards to comprehensively manage all types of cybersecurity risk
Next Generation IDS Implementation and Integration
Optimising IDS deployment to maximise effectiveness while minimising both investment and potential disruption to critical network operations
Emerging Threats
Understanding evolving hacker trends and how technology innovations are opening SCADA infrastructures up to advanced, persistent attacks
Security Operations Centre
Building the capability to effectively detect and respond to the full range of cybersecurity threats
Threat Detection
Developing advanced security monitoring and threat detection to deliver cyber resilience in OT environments
SCADA Cyberattack Live Demo
Demonstrating real-life attacks on SCADA equipment and physical security systems to establish effective mitigation strategies

Alongside the case study agenda:

Technology Innovation Panel
Developing state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions to meet the diverse requirements of grid operators

View full seminar agenda


Meet EDP, Elia, E.ON, Statnett, Tennet, and many more

We are now just 3 weeks away from the NextGen SCADA Global 2020 conference, exhibition, and networking forum. Hear 20+ case studies from major European utilities and SCADA implementation leaders on the lessons learnt from real life implementations of next-generation SCADA, EMS and DMS across smart grid infrastructures.

The response to this utility-driven, implementation-focussed programme has been phenomenal and places are filling up fast! Register today to finalise your booking and secure your place amongst Europe’s leading SCADA professionals.

Register today

To give you an idea of who you can meet, here is a snapshot of our confirmed attendees so far…

50Hertz – Head of Technical IT
BKW Energie – Chief Information Security Officer
DEWA – Specialist, SCADA Master Station
EDP – Director
EDP – Head of OT Cyber Security DepartmentElectric Power Research Institute (EIMV) – Data Scientist
Elektrilevi – SCADA Architect
Elektrilevi – Cybersecurity Manager / CISO
Elia – CMS Business Analysis – Netcalc
Elia – Real Time Database Manager
Enedis – Cyber Analyst
Enedis – Information Systems Engineer
Enedis – Head of GTAR
Enedis – Product Owner
Enedis – Engineer
Energinet – SCADA Product Manager
EON – Team Lead Application Development
ESBI – Senior Specialist – SCADA & EMS Solutions
Fluence Energy GmbH – Principal Software Developer
IEE Fraunhofer – Group Manager – Monitor Electric – Director of Software Development
SO UPS – Head of WAMS Department
SO UPS – Deputy Director
Statnett – Senior Advisor Digital Security
Statnett – Advisor Information Security
Statnett SF – Systems Architect
Stedin – Specialist Energy Management Systems
Strasbourg Électricité Réseaux – Business Portfolio Manager
TenneT – Manager National Control Centre/System Operations
TransnetBW – Engineer Innovative System Operation
Westnetz – Future Grid Operational Planning
ABB – Global Head of Marketing & Sales
ABB AG – Principal Scientist
ABB Sweden – VP Business Development Network Control EMEA and APAC
Accenture – Industry Senior Principal
ASELSAN – Project Manager
ASELSAN – System Engineer
ASELSAN – Leader Software Engineer
Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences – Nuclear Security Scientist
DNV GL – Netherlands – Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication
ELVAC a.s. – Strategic Development
ELVAC a.s. – Key Account Manager
ESBI – SCADA/EMS/DMS Consultant
ETAP – Business Development Director Europe
KISTERS – Senior Expert Software Engineering
Lindsey USA – Regional Manager
Monitor Electric – Deputy Director of Software Development
Monitor Electric – Head of Electrical Networks Department
OFFIS – Head of R&D Energy Division
OFFIS – Group Manager Interoperability and Standardization
Osi Systems, Inc. – Principal Systems Architect
Prosoft Systems – Head of Power System Automation Department
Prosoft Systems – Head of Development Group – Power System Automation Department
Prosoft Systems – Deputy Head of Power System Automation Department
Prosoft Systems – Team Leader, “Redkit” Group – Power System Automation Department
Prosoft Systems – Team Leader, “Energosphere” Group – Power System Automation Department
Prosoft Systems – Head of Development Group – Power System Automation Department
PSI – Head of Research & Development
RSE – Leading Scientist
Schneider Electric – Product Manager ADMS SCADA
Schneider Electric France – Director Cybersecurity
Siemens – Principal Key Expert Cyber Security and ICT
Siemens – Software Architect
Siemens AG – Project Manager
SINTEF – Senior Scientist
Soptim – Member of the Board
TIPMC GmbH – Managing Direct
…with many more in the process of finalising their attendance!

20+ Utility Case Study Speakers:

  • Aurélio Blanquet, Director Digital Networks Platform – EDP
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA, Product Manager – Energinet DK
  • Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett
  • Gregor Biering, Team Lead Application Development – RWE Renewables
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – Tennet
  • Stefan Tholen, Real-time Database Manager – Elia
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist EMS – Stedin
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist Information Security – SINTEF
  • Dmitriy Dubinin, Head of WAMS Department – SO UPS
  • Erika Kämpf, Engineer Innovative System Operation – TransnetBW
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Ivo Maritz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Dr. Kamal Radi, Senior Specialist, SCADA & EMS Solutions – ESB International
  • Jonas Eickmann, Future Grid Operational Planning – Westnetz
  • Mohamed Abdelghany, Specialist SCADA Master Station – DEWA
  • François Gorlier, Business Analyst – Elia

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

PS: Group Booking Discounts! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Case Study: Westnetz on DSO Operational Planning

The rate at which renewable energies are being integrated into the grid is placing unparalleled pressures on utility operational planning procedures. Driving more accurate evaluations of future demand and supply as well as improving communication capability to reschedule high volumes of distributed generation units is fast becoming an expected requirement for SCADA teams in order to ensure well managed, uninterrupted grid load.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Jonas Eichmann, Future Grid Operational Planning Manager at Westnetz in Germany, will be joining us to present about their pioneering work in this area. This week, he shared more insights with us ahead of his presentation:

Congestion management and curtailment of renewable generation have become a major challenge and a day by day process in German distribution grid operation over the recent years. A new law changes the organisational framework and integrates renewable generation in the redispatch process established for conventional generation. This forces DSOs to perform a transition of curtailment processes from real time operation to operational planning.

While the definition of detailed processes for the implementation of the new redispatch regulation is still ongoing, Westnetz has already put major effort in the development of operational planning processes and the corresponding IT architecture in a DSO OT environment. I am looking forward to sharing our concepts and experiences on the way to new operational planning processes and IT systems, and provide an outlook to the upcoming challenges.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Jonas will be joined by 20+ utility SCADA experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world.

Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including round-table discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring key utility SCADA suppliers. Make sure you’re part of this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementations by registering your place now!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020


Top 10 Reasons to Attend NextGen SCADA Global 2020!

If you haven’t already secured your place for the five day conference, exhibition and networking forum, now is the best time to do so and to help you gain approval, here are the top 10 reasons why you cannot afford to miss out on this year’s event.

  1. 20+ Utility Case Studies – gain valuable insights from SCADA experts and implementation leaders on the lessons learned from the deployment and optimisation of next generation SCADA systems in utilities such as: EDP, Energinet, Statnett, RWE Renewables, Tennet, Elia, BKW, Elektrilevi, 50Hertz, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Westnetz, Stedin, SO UPS, and ESB International
  2. Roundtable Discussions – join in-depth discussions to brainstorm and problem solve with peers from across the utility SCADA ecosystem, taking place at the end of conference day one
  3. Panel Discussions – take advantage of interactive sessions built into the programme to put forward your questions and suggestions, helping impact industry developments as well as solve your own burning issues during panel discussions, roundtables, and feedback sessions
  4. Expanded Case Study Agenda – explore a greater depth and breadth of next generation SCADA case studies, deep-diving into next-gen SCADA strategy, new features & functionalities, ADMS roll-out, SCADA & DERs, cloud & wireless SCADA, cybersecurity, and much more
  5. System Integration Workshop – attend this full-day workshop of presentations, breakout sessions, and discussions addressing the challenges of integrating utility SCADA infrastructure with other enterprise systems, delivering all the knowledge you need to begin creating a more dynamic and interconnected utility enterprise architecture
  6. Cybersecurity Seminar – hear in-depth case studies from leading utilities and industry experts, demonstrating the latest strategies, tools, and frameworks that can be applied to your own utility SCADA infrastructure to manage the growing threat of cyber attacks
  7. Technology Display in the Solution Zone – take the opportunity to gain updates on the latest technology innovations from leading vendors including OSI, GE, ETAP, ELVAC, COPA-DATA, Siemens, Welotec, SATEL Oy, Lindsey and many more
  8. Hands-on Technology Previews – take part in a private 1:1 live demo lab session with key technology innovators, and gain hands-on experience of their offerings of the most advanced and forward-thinking utility SCADA solutions and services
  9. Focussed Networking – in addition to networking opportunities throughout the conference during lunch and refreshments, we’ll also be hosting a dedicated networking reception in the evening of conference day one where you can relax and unwind, allow new ideas to cement and new partnerships to form
  10. Technical and Commercial Insights – not only will you gain an understanding of the ‘what’ of new SCADA technology implementation and optimisation, you’ll also gain crucial insights into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ in the context of organisations’ commercial and regulatory pressures

20+ Utility Case Study Speakers:

  • Aurélio Blanquet, Director Digital Networks Platform – EDP
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA, Product Manager – Energinet DK
  • Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett
  • Gregor Biering, Team Lead Application Development – RWE Renewables
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – Tennet
  • Stefan Tholen, Real-time Database Manager – Elia
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist EMS – Stedin
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist Information Security – SINTEF
  • Dmitriy Dubinin, Head of WAMS Department – SO UPS
  • Erika Kämpf, Engineer Innovative System Operation – TransnetBW
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Ivo Maritz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Dr. Kamal Radi, Senior Specialist, SCADA & EMS Solutions – ESB International
  • Jonas Eickmann, Future Grid Operational Planning – Westnetz
  • Mohamed Abdelghany, Specialist SCADA Master Station – DEWA
  • François Gorlier, Business Analyst – Elia

View full speaker line-up

Solution Zone

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 25 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies, and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020


Case Study: Elia on DER Integration

An explosion in the number of DERs connecting to the grid is creating serious congestion challenges across all voltage levels. With significant regulatory pressure on utilities to facilitate the integration of DERs, this pressure is only set to intensify in the future.

To avoid prohibitively costly grid reinforcements, SCADA engineers are searching for new, intelligent ways to optimise their grids, maximise utilisation of existing capacity, and dynamically control renewable production from their control centres. This represents a huge task for utility SCADA teams, who must level-up their infrastructure to deliver this change. And with the pace of DER uptake only increasing, these changes must be delivered quickly while avoiding disruption to existing operations.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Stefan Tholen, Real-Time Database Manager at Elia, will share the work they have been doing to deliver these vital new capabilities to their control centre. This week, we spoke to Stefan who gave us a sneak preview ahead of his presentation at the conference.

“A drastic increase in the number of DER’s, combined with the decommissioning of conventional power plants connected to the TSO grid and with the integration of flexible HVDC power, leads to a more volatile direction of fluxes on these grids. Also, the regulatory and governmental framework ensures that a TSO needs to keep supporting the installation of more DER’s in the future.

This is a real challenge that drives the TSO’s to use innovative technologies like dynamic line and cable ratings, software solutions for being able to automatically manage congestion on high or medium voltage levels, and last but certainly not least a set of new balancing products in order to be able to increase the volumes (Frequency Containment Reserve and Secondary Control for aggregated productions connected to multiple delivery points, and even ‘Internet of Energy’).

The evolution to a cleaner energy mix is ongoing and irreversible. Having an increased digital support within the next generation of SCADA systems will be a prerequisite for making a success of this transition while keeping the cost for society acceptable. I look forward to sharing more details of Elia’s experiences, challenges, and its future roadmap with colleagues at NextGen SCADA Global 2020.”

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Stefan will be joined by 20+ utility SCADA experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world.

Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including round-table discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring 25 key utility SCADA suppliers. Make sure you take part in this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementations by registering your place!

View programme

20+ utility case study speakers include:

  • Aurélio Blanquet, Director Digital Networks Platform – EDP
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA, Product Manager – Energinet DK
  • Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett
  • Gregor Biering, Team Lead Application Development – RWE Renewables
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – Tennet
  • Stefan Tholen, Real-time Database Manager – Elia
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist EMS – Stedin
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist Information Security – SINTEF
  • Dmitriy Dubinin, Head of WAMS Department – SO UPS
  • Erika Kämpf, Engineer Innovative System Operation – TransnetBW
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Ivo Maritz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Dr. Kamal Radi, Senior Specialist, SCADA & EMS Solutions – ESB International
  • Jonas Eickmann, Future Grid Operational Planning – Westnetz
  • Mohamed Abdelghany, Specialist SCADA Master Station – DEWA
  • François Gorlier, Business Analyst – Elia

View full line-up

Solution Zone

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 25 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies, and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Find out more

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

PS: Early Bird Rate! – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 27th December 2019!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Showcase innovative technology solutions to energy utilities

SCADA systems are evolving at an incredible rate. Energy utilities are rapidly adopting new technologies to realise the potential of the smart grid, and are actively looking for technology and solutions partners to help them get there. NextGen SCADA Global 2020 will have one of the biggest gatherings of SCADA solutions and technology innovators in attendance.

This is the final call for SCADA solution providers who wish to showcase their solution, deliver a live demo lab, or participate in the technology innovation panel discussions taking place this year. We need you to recommend the most innovative suppliers who are enabling the smart grid and leading the transition to clean energy.

If you know of an up and coming solution provider that you’d like to meet in the solution zone this year, please drop us a line at registration@smartgrid-forums.com and we will be happy to investigate and invite.

Supplier categories of greatest interest to our end-user utility audience include:

  • SCADA Systems
  • EMS
  • (A)DMS
  • OMS/Outage Management Systems
  • Forecasting

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with 150+ SCADA experts across the global electric utility community, hear about implementation experiences, lessons learned, and future roadmaps of 20+ leading utilities presenting high-level case-studies. Gain deep insights to take your product development, market messaging, and end-user relationship building to the next level.

We are excited to have OSI as Gold and Live Demo Lab Sponsors, and ETAP, ELVAC, COPA-DATA, Siemens and Welotec as Exhibitors at this year’s event, with many others in the process of finalising their involvement.

With just a handful of positions available, contact us today to recommend the up and coming tech innovators that you’d like to see in the solution zone this year!

Find out more

Previous Testimonials:

“NextGen SCADA is the event to come and see current advances in SCADA and the future roadmap towards more ergonomic and flexible solutions for SCADA.”Mark Clemens, Technical Product Manager – COPA-DATA

“NextGen SCADA provides a broad view on the SCADA topic, as well as information from vendors and users, and you get a good idea of what the forces and problems within the industry are.” Stefan Straubinger, Electrical Engineer – Salzburg Netz

“Great for networking, cyber-security discussions, and insights into utilities’ practices and plans.”Neven Pecotic, Senior Consultant Europe – OSI

“Good opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with both utilities and vendors.”Rui Chung, Tendering SCADA – EFACEC

“Good networking opportunity, provides the chance to stay up to date with ongoing and new products available, especially to address the impact of DG in the transmission and distribution network.” Ardiam Shala, Consultant, Operational Excellence – DNV GL

“Best opportunity to stay in tune with the fast-changing environment of the energy world.”Javier Lopez, Global Panel Builder Program Director – GE

View sponsorship & exhibition opportunities


SCADA System Integration Workshop

More and more utilities are discovering that SCADA infrastructure cannot continue to deliver its vital function if it remains an isolated system. Closer integration between SCADA, EMS, DMS systems and grid assets is now imperative for grid engineers, allowing deeper intelligence, dynamic control of smart grids, DER integration and necessary flexibility.

The critical nature of SCADA infrastructure leaves little room for experimentation, while cybersecurity risks grow exponentially as the infrastructure becomes more interconnected. This leaves very few utilities with significant successes to report in this area, and many feel that they are waiting for the answers before they can take meaningful steps forward.

The SCADA System Integration Workshop, taking place the day before the main conference atNextGen SCADA Global 2020, will provide you with insights into proven examples of how utilities are solving the integration challenge, so that you can apply the lessons learnt, avoid trial and error, and deliver your integration projects ahead of deadline, within budget and to great success.

Register Now

Agenda at a glance

Session 1: Trend Analysis

  • Laying out current and future business cases for SCADA system integration
  • Identifying benefits and new opportunities in the context of IT-OT integration and the energy transition
  • Reviewing real-world examples and identification of value-adding use cases

Session 2: Digital Architecture & Governance

  • Evaluating various approaches to digital architecture 
  • Identifying criteria for choosing suitable architectures for your organization
  • Instituting Master Data Management and data governance frameworks for managing data quality, privacy and security

Session 3: Overcoming the Challenges of System Integration

  • Investigating specific challenges of integrating SCADA with OMS, GIS, EAM and other systems
  • Identifying key integrations, considerations and common pitfalls per system
  • Developing strategies for reducing timelines and costs of system integration

Session 4: Applying CIM

  • Investigating specific challenges of integrating SCADA with OMS, GIS, EAM and other systems
  • Identifying key integrations, considerations and common pitfalls per system
  • Developing strategies for reducing timelines and costs of system integration

Session 5: Achieving Interoperability Across the SCADA System Landscape

  • Exploring new modularisation approaches
  • Adapting DevOps programming methods for faster implementation of new features
  • Improved interoperability with the use of CIM profiles

Session 6: Case Study and Q&A

  • Reviewing real-life utility case studies in-depth
  • Exploring the steps taken, benefits delivered, and crucial lessons learnt
  • Q&A with workshop leader

The System Integration Workshop is just the first of 5 action-packed conference days at NextGen SCADA Global 2020. Join us for the whole week to hear 20+ utility SCADA experts present case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world.

Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including round-table discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring state-of-the-art utility SCADA solutions. Make sure you take part in this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementations by registering your place now!

View the full programme

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

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Case Study: Energinet on Modular Design

The decentralisation of energy markets globally is necessitating a more decentralised SCADA infrastructure. With the pace of change gaining momentum, this new infrastructure must also be agile and scalable to meet future demands. Many utilities around the world are struggling with the challenges of transitioning away from centralised, isolated architectures to SCADA infrastructure of a modular design.

Successful implementation has provided much needed flexibility, advancing progress and allowing greater freedom when selecting suppliers. Yet utilities must overcome integration challenges and instil more robust governance procedures to better mitigate the new threat vectors for cyber-attacks.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Helge Nielsen, SCADA Product Manager at Energinet DK will be joining the speaker line-up to present the work they’re doing to drive forward this crucial change. This week, we caught up with Helge and he kindly shared with us some insights into his presentation ahead of the conference

The Danish government has a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 70% before 2030, as well as ensuring at least 50% of Danish energy needs come from renewable sources. This will provide a huge challenge for our grid and how the grid is controlled with the SCADA system.

To meet the challenge, Energinet has started a project where we re-think the way of running a SCADA system. We have decided to go back to basics with the SCADA, where the SCADA system is just controlling the components and the EMS application can be modularised on the side.

The journey toward the new modularised SCADA/EMS system is ongoing, and suppliers are evaluated based on their communication abilities (for example CIM and IEC 61850).

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, I will be share our rationale for approach, the benefits we see, and the challenges we have overcome as we have proceeded to successfully implement this project.”

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Helge will be joined by 20+ utility SCADA implementation leaders and system experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world.

Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of networking opportunities connecting you with the entire SCADA ecosystem and enabling you to secure important partnerships for the future, including round-table discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring key utility SCADA suppliers.

Make sure you are part of this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementations by registering your place now!

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Join the Solution Zone:

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 25 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies, and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

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To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

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Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

PS: Early Bird Rate! – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 27th December 2019!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


What’s on the programme?

In less than 9 weeks’ time, the NextGen SCADA Global 2020 conference, exhibition, and networking event will welcome 150+ SCADA system implementation leaders and specialists from across the European electric utility landscape.

With over 20 case studies from major European utilities, SCADA implementation leaders will be demonstrating their successful implementation, operation, and maintenance of new SCADA systems. You will be able to understand what worked for your colleagues, take away their lessons learnt, and drive your own implementation to the next level.

This year’s expanded agenda will also include an in-depth SCADA System Integration Workshop. You will drill down into the challenges of integrating SCADA infrastructure with other systems, and understand how to proactively overcome the shared problems. The event will conclude with a SCADA Cybersecurity seminar, featuring cybersecurity specialists providing the latest strategies, tools, and frameworks that can be applied to utility SCADA infrastructure to manage the growing threat of cyber attacks.

Don’t miss out on the only truly end user driven utility SCADA event in the world! Book your place before Friday 29th November to take advantage of the Very Early Bird discount and save up to €800 on Delegate places, and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces

What’s on the programme?

Case Study Programme

Hear 20+ international utility SCADA experts and implementation leaders present the lessons learned from real life implementations of next-generation SCADA, EMS, and DMS across smart grid infrastructures.

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Utility Heavy Speaker Line-Up

All specially selected on the strength of the projects they are involved in, their pivotal roles in implementation decision making, and their insights into lessons learned and future roadmaps.

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Roundtable Discussions

Take the opportunity to brainstorm and problem solve with peers from across the industry, working in small groups made up of representatives of the entire SCADA community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion.

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SCADA System Integration Workshop

Taking place on the Monday before the main conference, this workshop provides practical guidance on how to integrate your SCADA infrastructure with a range of other enterprise systems to deliver a plethora of business-wide benefits.

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SCADA Cybersecurity Seminar

Gain insights on how leading utilities are securing their next-generation SCADA infrastructure against emerging threats in this in-depth and comprehensive seminar, featuring a wide range of case studies from leading utilities and industry experts.

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Solution Zone

Running alongside the main conference, the solution zone provides a focussed and relevant display of SCADA products and services, with experts on-hand to discuss your specific challenges and provide tailored advice to help propel your implementation plans to the next level.

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Evening Networking Reception

Taking place the evening of conference day one, this networking event is open to all participants, enabling you to relax, unwind, and allow new ideas to cement, as well as new partnership opportunities to emerge.

Live Demo Labs

Take part in a 1:1 private demonstration, providing you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-thinking SCADA solutions and services.

20+ utility case study speakers include:

  • Aurélio Blanquet, Director Digital Networks Platform – EDP
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA, Product Manager – Energinet DK
  • Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett
  • Gregor Biering, Team Lead Application Development – RWE Renewables
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – Tennet
  • Stefan Tholen, Real-time Database Manager – Elia
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist EMS – Stedin
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist Information Security – SINTEF
  • Dmitriy Dubinin, Head of WAMS Department – SO UPS
  • Erika Kämpf, Engineer Innovative System Operation – TransnetBW
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Ivo Maritz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Dr. Kamal Radi, Senior Specialist, SCADA & EMS Solutions – ESB International
  • Jonas Eickmann, Future Grid Operational Planning – Westnetz
  • Mohamed Abdelghany, Specialist SCADA Master Station – DEWA
  • François Gorlier, Business Analyst – Elia

Interview with Leon Maruša, Power Systems Engineer at Elektroinštitut Milan Vidmar

In recent times, we have seen the shift from cloud computing being focused on consumers, to now having more of a focus on corporate applications – in this case, the SCADA systems within a smart grid. However, there are still many stones left unturned within the area, hence why NextGen SCADA Global 2020 speaker Leon Maruša (Power Systems Engineer at Elektroinštitut Milan Vidmar) and his team have been working on a European project called Future Flow, testing new solutions within this field to deliver agile and scalable control of flexibility resources.
To get a deeper understanding of this project, Smart Grid Forums spoke to Leon to find out more about this interesting topic area.

Your session at NextGen SCADA Global 2020 will focus on cloud-based SCADA, could you start by telling us a bit more about the project?

I have taken part in the European project named Future Flow where we have been piloting real-time secondary control in a cross-border exchange between four different TSOs from Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Romania. To achieve this, we had to develop our own cloud-based system to integrate the information from all 4 TSOs, run the optimization algorithm and enable pilot testing.

The main goal was to test whether the secondary ancillary services, i. e. automatic frequency restoration reserve (aFRR), can be done in a cross-border manner, which is currently not implemented ENTSO-E wide. The second goal was achieving that with the most renewables as possible, since we are committed to energy transition to clean energy sources. With that in mind, we have set out to develop technologies and technical solutions with adequate business models to enable real-time market for cross-border aFRR trading.

What is involved in the pilot project?

The pilot involves around 100 MW of small distributed generators (DGs) and demand response (DR) sources, some of which are renewable. DR/DGs were provided by our business partner, which recruited the units in all four countries. The DR/DGs were providing flexibility services through a series of pilot tests. This DR/DGs are controlled by SCADA systems. For the purpose of building our technological solution we have also created a digital-twin replication of all four TSO partner’s SCADA systems with Load Flow Controllers. The digital twins are used for optimization algorithm that’s fully cloud-hosted and integrated through real-time communication, but also has the option to be activated in the digital twins itself. What we have then done is tested the cross-border flexibility services and in the process of doing so we have learned different tips and tricks of what to anticipate when you’re building such a cloud-based applications. What integrations you have to do? How do you manage cybersecurity? What availability, scalability and replicability do different parts of the system need to have? Etc.

Why are cross-border ancillary services a challenge?

It’s really different from local control, because when you’re doing a cross-border project with multiple TSOs you have to take into account a lot of other factors that you wouldn’t usually need to consider. Simply put, in local operation (single control zone), you can just look at demand and generation in the local area, calculate Area Control Error from what is left after primary service is activated and then activate aFRR reserves. For cross-border project like this however we had to take into account also the cross-border transmission line capacities, the state of the market that was established with virtual power plants (VPPs) and the forecasted capacity of renewables as well. In case of cross-border congestions our algorithm also needed to re-optimize the load flow solution based on bided VPP capacities and do redispatching of DR/DGs to release the cross-border congestions. To effectively coordinate cross-border ancillary services, you either need to integrate SCADA systems with each other which can be complicated and costly if you have multiple SCADAs involved or you can do the cloud-based solution for the commonly used algorithms. It is true however, that cloud based solutions need to be supported with proper cutting-edge tools, enhanced cybersecurity and they need to have high availability. I believe that in the future all European TSOs will be integrated to a common platform for data exchange, since the ENTSO-E system is very interconnected and therefore interdependent. This integration is already partially happening with the Transparency platform, and even some real-time data are being exchanged on the new ECCo SP cloud based platform. I think ENTSO-E is doing a great job in that direction.

What systems are integrated in your cloud solutions, and how have you achieved that?

As mentioned the TSOs didn’t allow us to play with their real production SCADA systems, so we built digital twins and used those instead. These were then connected to the cloud platform, where the optimization for secondary ancillary services was performed. We integrated with the cloud using the MQTT protocol, which is open-source and enables easy, secure and encrypted communication.

Additionally, we had to integrate VPP platform (i. e. software platform, that aggregates all small DR/DGs into VPP) into digital twins. The bidding data were communicated over MQTT with usage of Common Information Model (CIM) standards. On the other hand real-time data for VPP measurements and control was sent over standard communication protocol IEC 60870-5-104. These links were additionally secured, since they go over public internet and are most vulnerable to cyber-attacks. For the integrations purposes we also tested real-time integration of our solution with real SCADA from Slovenian TSO – ELES to see if this is manageable and if our solution can indeed integrate and operate hand in hand with the real system. All the data integration tests were successful.

How are you managing the cybersecurity risks of a cloud-based platform performing such a critical function?

There is a huge issue with cybersecurity because the TSOs are usually operating their communications over private optics, landlines and private internet so really physically nobody can touch them. When you’re transferring things over public internet, you have to be extra secure. Every communication protocol, every piece of information that is sent or received in SCADA needs to be secured. We have managed that using TLS encryption protocol that has shown to be a proven solution over the years. The encryption is using certificate authentication and SHA-256 cryptographic algorithm to ensure that every message arrives securely. We also have a partner from France who did penetration tests on all the communication links going in and out of digital twins.

What are the benefits for the TSOs that are involved?

We have seen that it is possible to provide good secondary ancillary services in a cross-borders manner just with renewables, but that still depends on certain factors, namely the weather (sun, wind, hydrology, etc.). What the results of this project brings to the TSOs as well as to all the other parties who would get involved is the possibility and the software solutions to do cross-border ancillary service business with each other, through a TSO-TSO model. We have developed the software solutions to deliver this, tested it for scalability, both in terms of computational power and input/output problems. A huge contributions from the project are also the experiences learned during development which led to definition of roadmap for implementing a program like this in practice, which should make the work of TSOs easier.

Although we have proven that the cloud-based solution could be replicated across Europe, the overall technology readiness level is currently at around TRL 7, so it’s still some steps away from production readiness. On the other hand some services are already at TRL 9 and are being used in production. Just last month VPP aggregation software used in FutureFlow was launched to bring one of the largest battery storages in Europe (located at Jesenice, Slovenia) to the ancillary service market. The real impact here I think, is that solutions like this could open the aFRR market Europe-wide.

What are the next steps for this project?

This would be to do the project on a bigger scale which would require the support of multiple TSOs and of course the ENTSO-E. We still need to do a bit of work on production scale of some software because it is currently a in a prototype state, but was proven in real environment. The project is still ongoing and we are still getting some results back, so we’ll see what the final conclusions will show at the end of the year when the project is due to finish.

Do you have any advice to offer utilities who are developing their own cloud-based solutions?

Pilot projects are the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to test new solutions such as this in reality. Usually when you’re implementing things that impact your business you won’t have all your requirements ready until you test the solutions at least a little in practice, therefore some stuff simply must be learnt throughout trial and error. If full-scale implementation is began without pilot testing this will usually drive up implementation costs significantly and add additional unplanned complexities, because you’ll add your new requirements along the way. I believe that you first need to identify your business cases and if they align with cloud-based solutions you should try the tools and technologies, but do it on a smaller scale to see how this fits your demands and your business before going to full-scale implementation.


If you would like to not only find out even more about this imminent shift in the smart grid landscape, but to also ask questions directly related to your own situation, join us at NextGen SCADA Global 2020 to be part of this crucial conversation.

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ESBI Case Study: Smart Tools for Energy Markets

The energy transition is putting serious pressure on energy markets to evolve and fully support DERs. As markets open up to a larger number of smaller, distributed participants, the roles and responsibilities of TSOs, DSOs, and other system actors are being re-evaluated and their day-to-day operations are undergoing significant changes.

Nowhere is the impact of this change being felt more keenly than in smart grid utility control centres. To deal with the increasing complexity of system operations, utilities are urgently rolling out new tools and systems to perform deeper analysis of current and future operational conditions, and building closer integrations with other market participants.

In Oman, the energy system has until now been operated without a market. However, as the role of distributed energy grows, they are presented with the unique opportunity to transition directly to a state-of-the-art decentralised energy market. ESBI have been working with Oman’s transmission operator to develop their control centre capabilities to support this transition. At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, we will be joined by ESBI’s Dr. Kamal Radi, who will be sharing this project with our audience of utility SCADA implementation leaders and experts. We caught up with Dr Radi this week to find out more:

Over the past two decades, we have been witnessing the ongoing deregulation of the energy industry across the world. New entities have been emerging, e.g. IPPs, MOs, TSOs, DSOs, and suppliers, each with their own challenges, obligations, and survival struggles. This transformation was initiated in North America and Europe, but has been consistently spreading to the rest of the world.

As a result of this transformation, we have produced a comprehensive case study of typical TSO challenges, identified present gaps & potential future challenges with respect to the Energy Market and the emergence of Renewable Energy Sources (RES). The case study draws a roadmap to bridge the identified gaps and ensure that TSOs can meet the evolving obligations of the Energy Market.

The case study focusses on TSO infrastructure hardware and software tools, in particular the role SCADA and EMS, facilities and interfaces, existing IT tools and IT infrastructure, future IT system requirements, Energy Market Rules, Grid Codes, Power Purchase Agreements, existing and planned TSO dispatch procedures and tools, data obligations and congestion management, agreements amongst all stakeholders (TSO, Market Operator, Energy Sector Regulator), current TSO Ancillary Services handling setup and anticipated strategy in the light of the evolving Energy Market, Metering and Settlement mechanism and finally Cyber Security arrangement amongst TSOs and other stakeholders.

I look forward to sharing more about this case study during my presentation at NextGen SCADA Global 2020.”

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Dr. Kamal will be joined by 20+ utility SCADA experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world.

Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including roundtable discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring 25 key utility SCADA suppliers. Make sure you are involved in this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementations by registering your place now!

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We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Cloud-based SCADA/EMS at Statnett

The SCADA requirements of managing the energy system are growing rapidly as decentralisation takes root. As utilities transition from managing relatively few centralised generation units to millions of DERs, the computing and storage requirements of their SCADA infrastructure must expand accordingly.

Cloud technology provides an appealing solution to this challenge, but with the critical nature of SCADA infrastructure, making this transition is fraught with challenges. Not only is it difficult to build the business case for potentially disruptive wholesale system changes, but there are serious questions about the cybersecurity risks introduced by cloud-based technology, as well as a diverse range of implementation approaches which must be weighed up against each other.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, we will be joined by Statnett’s Siv Hilde Houmb and Charlotte Husø, who will be presenting their journey so far to cloud-based SCADA/EMS infrastructure, detailing the functional requirements, system architectures, and cybersecurity mitigation strategies they have deployed in their solution. We caught up with them this week to hear a sneak preview ahead of their presentation.

Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett

Charlotte Husø, Advisor Information Security – Statnett

Smart Grids have until now focussed primarily on AMR. As a transmission grid operator and with the national responsibility for the power transmission and balancing in Norway, smart grids necessitate a digital evolution of our complete value chain. This involves increased use of sensors for situational awareness across power lines and transmission stations, moving from hourly to quarterly balancing regimes, enabling new power production regimes and data-driven decision support.

One major step towards a digitalised transmission grid is the establishment of a digital foundation with advanced data analytics, spanning across on-prem and cloud solutions. This increased production of real-time data, big data analytics, and real-time data decision support challenges our current SCADA paradigm, and might mean a move from a traditional on-prem and box-oriented architecture, to a container-based cloud infrastructure. Our presentation will discuss what a smart transmission grid entails and how this challenges the traditional SCADA thinking and architecture, as well as the challenges and benefits of moving SCADA into a cloud infrastructure.”

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Siv and Charlotte will be joined by 18+ utility SCADA experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world. Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including roundtable discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring 25 key utility SCADA suppliers. Make sure you’re part of this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementation by registering your place now!

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Solution Zone

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of smart grid SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 20 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies, and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor. Contact us today to find out more!

View sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

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Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

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We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Registration is now live!

Registration is now live for NextGen SCADA Global 2020, the only conference, exhibition and networking forum focussed entirely on the needs of smart grid SCADA professionals. This year’s expanded event provides a comprehensive 5-day programme, addressing the full range of next-generation SCADA implementation topics to ensure the rapid evolution of the energy system is matched by crucial developments to utility SCADA infrastructure.

This is your opportunity to meet with 150+ smart grid SCADA experts to review 20+ implementation-focussed case studies, benchmark your next-generation SCADA strategy against world-leading utilities, and assess the potential of new SCADA systems and applications to maintain the security, stability, and reliability of the energy system as it undergoes decentralisation.

As the only truly end-user driven utility SCADA event in the world, with an unparalleled line-up of utility case-studies covering the full range of crucial next-generation SCADA implementation topics, this is the most important week in the SCADA calendar – don’t miss out!

Navigate the week:

Here’s how the week breaks down, take this opportunity to choose the sections that will deliver the most empowering insights to you, and the greatest ROI to your organisation:

Monday 27th January 2020

SCADA System Integration Workshop: 

This one-day practical workshop focusses on the challenge of integrating SCADA infrastructure with the full range of utility enterprise systems to support smart grid applications with a more connected and dynamic enterprise architecture. Through a number of presentations, breakout sessions and discussions, the workshop will address the full range of SCADA system integration topics, including digital architecture, data governance, IEC CIM, as well as the specific challenges of integrating OMS, GIS, and EAM with SCADA systems

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January 2020

3-Day Case Study Conference: 

An unmissable opportunity to hear crucial insights and key lessons learned from 20+ cutting-edge utility SCADA projects. Each case-study will be 45 minutes in duration, providing breadth and depth on the most timely and crucial issues facing utility SCADA, including advanced implementation strategies, modular design, ADMS roll-out, flexible system operation, new analytical tools, and wireless and cloud-based SCADA.

Friday 31st January 2020

SCADA Cybersecurity Seminar: 

This post-conference seminar tackles the critical issue of cybersecurity in SCADA infrastructure through a series of in-depth case studies. Discover how leading utilities and security experts are safeguarding their critical infrastructure with up-to-date threat analysis, robust governance frameworks, the latest cybersecurity technology, as well as new approaches to threat detection, incident response, and security operations.

6 Great Reasons to Attend:

  1. Smart grid specific content – this is the only SCADA conference aimed specifically at the smart grid sector. Speakers will be presenting real life case studies from the TSO and DSO environment, providing you with highly relevant insights that bridge the gap between the technical and commercial, and deliver practical advice that you can implement right away
  2. Utility-heavy speaker line-up – with most presentations being delivered by TSOs and DSOs (20+ utility case-studies scheduled over 3 days), you will gain a deep understanding of the real-world application of smart grid technologies rather than simply stop at their potential benefits
  3. Dedicated networking – the conference will attract a very specific and focussed audience making networking more relevant and impactful. Over the course of 3 days, you will deepen your connections both during and after the conference.
  4. Focussed technology display – through the solution zone, you will get the opportunity to hear updates on the latest technology innovations from the leading smart grid suppliers. Both the big system providers and the innovative niche players will be displaying across the 3 days of the conference
  5. Hands on technology previews – you can schedule a private 1:1 live demo lab session with the key technology innovators to really get under the skin of their offerings and better understand how next generation solutions could work in your grid environment
  6. ROI – if you book your place before Friday 29th November 2019, you can take advantage of the Very Early Bird rate, which means your trip will cost in the region of €2,872 (€2,195 conference fee, €150 x 3 nights hotel, €200 flight). If you generate 10 new ideas or new contacts that help you take your implementation plans to the next level it equates to €287 per new idea or contact

Presentation Highlights:

To get a sense of  the information and inspiration that will be shared, please enjoy a selection of past presentations from our NextGen SCADA 2018 conference:

  1. Next-Generation SCADA – Jan Vorrink, TenneT
  2. Automatic Grid Recovery – Juan Marti Rodriguez, Iberdrola
  3. Optimising LV-Grid Control & Monitoring – Stefan Straubringer, Salzburg Netz

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

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We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Share your Solutions at NextGen SCADA Global 2020

The 4th edition of NextGen SCADA Global 2020, a crucial event for the smart grid industry with a track-record of delivering tangible business benefits to utility SCADA projects, is now in the final stages of production.

As the programme and speaker line-up are finalised, we wanted to give you the opportunity to mark your diary, forward this email to colleagues who could benefit from participating, and inform your suppliers and partners who may like to display in the Solution Zone.

This year’s programme builds on the success of previous years with an expanded 5-day agenda incorporating:

Monday 27th January 2020

1-Day Workshop on SCADA System Integration, providing practical guidance on how to effectively integrate SCADA infrastructure with other crucial enterprise systems.

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January 2020

3-Day Conference on utility next-gen SCADA implementations from around the globe, plus an exhibition of the latest smart grid SCADA-related products and services.

Friday 31st January 2020

1-Day Seminar focussing on SCADA infrastructure cybersecurity, featuring case-studies from leading utilities showcasing the latest tools and methods for safeguarding OT systems.

Speaker Preview

An up-to-date and expanded agenda will tackle the full range of next-gen SCADA implementation topics in-depth. Here are just a few of the speakers who will be sharing key insights from their cutting-edge projects at the event:

  • Aurelio Blanquet, Director – EDP
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – TenneT
  • Ivo Martiz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA Product Manager – Energinet
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist Energy Management Systems – Stedin
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Bas Kruimer, OT Security Consultant – DNV-GL
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist – SINTEF
  • Scott Koehler, VP Global Smart Grid IT Strategy – Schneider Electric

Join the Solution Zone

Contact us today to find out how you can raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers. Capped at 20 stands, this adjoining exhibition area provides a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 25th October 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


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The energy system is evolving rapidly, taking on a more flexible, decentralised form to support the ever-expanding uptake of renewable energy and DERs. The critical infrastructure that coordinates the energy system, SCADA, EMS and DMS, must evolve alongside it, delivering real-time intelligent control and supervision of exponentially more generation units, balancing supply and demand with intermittent resources and managing bidirectional flows in traditionally unidirectional infrastructure.

This represents an extreme shift in the architecture and operational philosophy, as well as the hardware and software requirements of smart grid SCADA infrastructure. With the energy transition rapidly taking root, it’s imperative that utilities keep the pace and deliver the necessary changes to continue the smooth operation of the energy system in an increasingly fossil-free world.

We are therefore delighted to announce the 4th annual NextGen SCADA Global 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum, the only event focussed on equipping smart grid SCADA professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to tackle the challenges of a rapidly evolving energy system. To ensure all your knowledge requirements are comprehensively catered for, we’ve expanded the event to a 5-day format, including a pre-conference System Integration Tutorial and a post-conference Cybersecurity Seminar alongside the main 3-day case study agenda

Just some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Next-Gen SCADA Infrastructure: Presenting a vision for the future of smart grid SCADA and outlining the necessary steps to achieve it
  • Modular Design: Designing flexible next-gen SCADA architectures to meet the challenge of a rapidly evolving energy system
  • Panel – Business Case: Examining SCADA in the context of the energy transition to build a compelling business case for investment in advanced features
  • ADMS: Integrating SCADA with DMS and OMS to create a centralised platform for advanced management of distribution grids
  • Upskilling: Developing organisational capability to implement, operate and continuously upgrade next-gen SCADA systems
  • System Testing: Rigorously testing next-gen SCADA systems to ensure their long-term security, resilience and reliability
  • SCADA Migration: Seamlessly migrating to next-gen SCADA while maximizing value from legacy systems
  • Wide-Area Monitoring: Leveraging phasor measurement units to improve situational awareness and grid resilience
  • Next-Gen HMI: Leveraging next-generation HMI and visualizations to improve control centre accuracy and productivity
  • Panel – Advanced Features and Functionalities: Unlocking new SCADA features to maximize technical benefits and improve R.O.I
  • Smart Alarms: Developing smart alarm management to improve outage management outcomes and response times
  • SCADA Data: Maximizing enterprise-wide benefits from SCADA through effective extraction and utilization of SCADA data
  • Protocol Integration: Achieving long-term interoperability between SCADA and the full range of smart grid IT and OT systems
  • Network Modelling: Developing advanced modelling capabilities to support more sophisticated network monitoring and control
  • SCADA & DERs: Developing Next-Gen SCADA functionality to fully support flexibility and an evolving energy market
  • Low-Voltage Monitoring: Extending SCADA to the LV network to support higher levels of DER integration and smarter system operation
  • Advanced Outage Management: Leveraging advanced SCADA functionalities to achieve more accurate and monitoring outage management
  • FLISR: Leveraging real-time data to intelligently locate, isolate and restore faults
  • Forecasting: Developing advanced forecasting models to support a wide range of next-gen SCADA analytical tools
  • Wireless IP-Based SCADA: Creating an affordable and scalable wireless SCADA infrastructure to deliver flexible control and monitoring of DERs and grid-edge devices
  • SCADA & Cloud: Exploring the potential for cloud-based SCADA to deliver a more flexible and distributed architecture

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities:

The electrical SCADA market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.48% to reach $3.29 billion by 2022 (source: MarketsandMarkets)!

Would you like to secure a significant share of this burgeoning market? Then take this opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA experts and decision makers.

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 30 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest asset management tools and technologies for our audience, and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

Register today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:
Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700
Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020.

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.