SCTE making progress on 'green' standards

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

The SCTE said it will have drafts of proposed standards on cable system energy management it has been working on for the past year ready by mid-September.

The organization's Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS) plans to unveil drafts of its first two standards at its meeting on Sept. 15 in Dallas.

SMS 001 is proposed as the standard for "Recommended Energy Conservation, Sustainability and Efficiency Practices for Critical Systems," and SMS 002 is for "Product Environmental Requirements for Cable Telecommunications Facilities."

The latter proposal addresses such considerations as temperature, humidity, electromagnetic interference and environmental design.

To be held immediately following the SCTE's Sept. 14 semi-annual Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) Forum, the SMS meeting will enable subcommittee members to play active roles in shaping standards that will help to reduce the cost and environmental impact of cable network operations and service delivery.

In addition, attendees are expected to address the creation of standards for power availability of hardware that comes to market in 2013 and beyond.

"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 Dan Cooper, chairman of the SCTE Sustainability Management Subcommittee and senior director of technical operations for Time Warner Cable. "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 event will follow the SEMI Forum, hosted by CommScope, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Topics under consideration for the SEMI Forum include:

  • Business/commercial services power and availability needs
  • Software-Defined Energy Management (SDEM) systems
  • Transactional-based energy consumption
  • Cloud services and their impact on energy reduction
  • Generator and power service considerations for high availability of power
  • Environmentally friendly hybrid powering systems that can drive down opex and keep the network operational.

Abstracts related to the above topics are due Aug. 19 and may be sent to Derek DiGiacomo, senior director of information systems and energy management programs for the SCTE, at


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