Cable-Tec Expo Gets Greener

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The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has lined up 16 exhibitors showcasing energy-efficiency and power management solutions in the "Green Pavilion" at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Atlanta, up from 12 at last year's confab.

The Green Pavilion, which debuted at the 2009 Cable-Tec Expo, has been expanded this year to include power availability solutions, including disaster preparedness, network availability and business services availability, as well as categories including alternative and renewable power; backup powering; power efficiency; power reduction; recycling and recovery; and travel reduction.

Exhibitors currently set for this year's Green Pavilion are: 4CableTV; Alpha Technologies; Cisco; Colt Recycling; CommScope; Coppervale; LED Saving Solutions; Multilink; Round2; Safecom; SCTE; Universal Electronics; TOA Technologies; TVC Communications; Wipro Eco Energy; and Worldwide Environmental Services (WES). Additional exhibitors are pending, according to SCTE.

Cable-Tec Expo 2011 will run Nov. 15-17 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

"One of the central themes at this year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is how cable networks are evolving to deliver a host of new services to residential and business consumers," said Derek DiGiacomo, SCTE senior director, information systems and energy management. "The Green Pavilion will focus on new strategies and technologies that can help operators to evolve their networks while reducing powering costs now and in the future, as well as minimizing service disruption when grid power is interrupted."

In addition to the Green Pavilion, SCTE will offer energy-related sessions at the conference, including pre-conference presentations of the critical facilities and facilities management workshops on Monday, Nov. 14, in conjunction with the separate Capacity Management Symposium.

In a related initiative, SCTE's Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS) recently published drafts of its first two standards, created to address "Recommended Energy Conservation, Sustainability and Efficiency Practices for Critical Systems" and "Product Environmental Requirements for Cable Telecommunications Facilities." The subcommittee also is beginning work on an Adaptive Power System Interface Standard (APSIS) for hardware coming to market in 2013 and beyond.

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