The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today announced project initiation for three new standards and recommended practices that are designed to support business continuity and improve energy management efforts for cable system operators.

The projects, which have been issued by the SCTE Standards Program, address three important energy and operations areas:  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.  Announcing these projects is a key step in soliciting input for developing standards or practices that can improve service delivery, reliability, and efficiency for cable system operators.

The projects include:

  • “Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Network Operators,” a study of best practices to prepare for and respond to natural and manmade disasters that may result in widespread network outages.  The project is to be chaired by Joseph Viens, director of enterprise business continuity and crisis management for Time Warner Cable.
  • “380 VDC Power Distribution for Cable Facilities,” which will address the opportunity to simplify and optimize network electrical systems through the application of DC power distribution.  The 380 VDC effort is co-chaired by Andy Clancy of Universal Electric Corp./StarLine DC Solutions and Tyson Morris of Alpha Technologies.
  • “Recommended Practices for Carbon Data Collection and Management,” which is intended to help cable system operators map their carbon footprints to identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency and cost savings.  The effort is being led by Adrian Shulock, senior sustainability strategist of Coppervale Enterprises.

“The continued interest of our industry in improved energy management and business continuity practices is driving increased levels of activity at the intersection of the SCTE Energy Program and the SCTE Standards Program,” said Derek DiGiacomo, senior director, information systems and energy management programs for SCTE.  “These projects are important steps toward enabling the industry to monitor and reduce energy usage, and to improve the ability of our networks to function in the face of adverse circumstances.”

The SCTE Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Complete information about the SCTE Standards Program—including how to become involved as an SCTE Standards Program member—is available in the Standards section of the SCTE website.