SCTE To Release Initial Energy-Management Standards

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The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is drafting two initial energy-management standards for cable equipment expected to come to market starting in 2013.

The proposed standards will be discussed and reviewed at the group's Sustainability Management Subcommittee meeting Sept. 15 in Arlington, Texas, as the Sheraton Arlington Hotel.

The proposed standards are SMS 001, for "Recommended Energy Conservation, Sustainability and Efficiency Practices for Critical Systems," and SMS 002, for "Product Environmental Requirements for Cable Telecommunications Facilities," which addresses such considerations as temperature, humidity, electromagnetic interference and environmental design.

"Standards that can help operators power advanced communication networks with greater effectiveness and reliability and with less cost and environmental impact are among the most important under development today," said Time Warner Cable senior director, technical operations Dan Cooper, who is chairman of the SCTE Sustainability Management Subcommittee. "It's important to the future of our industry that operators and vendors with a stake in the energy management and power availability areas participate actively in the SMS process to ensure that all points of view are given consideration."

The SMS meeting will be held immediately following SCTE's semiannual Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) forum to be held Sept. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Topics under consideration for the SEMI forum include: business/commercial services power and availability needs; software-defined energy management systems; transactional-based energy consumption; cloud services and their impact on energy reduction; generator and power service considerations for high availability of power; and environmentally friendly hybrid powering systems that can drive down OPEX and keep the network operational.

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