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Industry Specialists Panel Discussion: Smart Energy Market Trends - Google Hangout



The need for a more efficient power grid that is capable of responding to growing energy demands by incorporating green technologies and consumer participation is the driving force that is leading the dramatic transformation in energy transmission and usage. The potential of a smart grid can be fully realized when devices such as smart meters and smart appliances play an active role in projecting demand and facilitating consumption decisions through bi-directional communication with the smart grid. Any changes to the existing grid will be driven by infrastructure upgrade costs, investment returns, government regulations, energy prices and key technology enablers. This panel brings together industry specialists covering various areas of expertise in the domain of smart energy trends related to Smart Meters, Smart Appliances, Home Area Networks etc. The panelists will discuss the state of the emerging trends and the factors that are driving changes as well as the expected course of this evolution.

We invite you to join us in this open conversation. The event will be a Google Hangout and encourage active participation from the audience.

What You Will Learn

  • Interact directly with industry experts and gain a better understanding of the trends in the smart grid market
  • Learn about the various technology drivers, standards etc. are key to maintaining the momentum of this evolution
  • Discover what role technology, specifically embedded processing, plays in the growth of this market

About the Presenters

Michael Polk

Michael Polk is a Research and Development manager focusing on Watt-hour metering applications at Itron Cellular Solutions in Jackson Mississippi. He leads a team of local and off-shore engineers creating cutting edge smart grid product. Michael earned his Electrical Engineering degree from Mississippi State University, after which he began his career with Utility meter testing, standards and design. Michael has been leading and be participating in numerous utilities projects centered around metering and the Smart Grid since 1991. He has taught classes at a few meter schools all over the country and has visited many utilities discussing process and automation for Smart Grid. Most recently, he landed at Smartsynch, which was acquired by Itron last year. He started as a systems engineer responsible for cellular communications firmware for multiple meter manufactures. He also worked on Smart Grid projects that included ZigBee based devices that provided utility customers with real time energy usage information.

Presenter Image Harry Forbes

Harry is ARC’s lead analyst for the Distributed Control System (DCS) market. In addition, ARC leverages Harry’s utility expertise in its coverage of Smart Grid, industrial networking, networking and communication standards, and the electric power vertical industry. His research topics include the DCS integration and architecture, Smart Grid, Smart Metering, energy storage, industrial wireless, industrial Ethernet and emerging network technologies.

Harry has 30 years of experience in automation, power generation, energy management, modeling and simulation, advanced control, and optimization. He has written for Control Design, Power magazine, and Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, as well as for many technical and industry conferences. Prior to joining ARC, Harry served in a variety of marketing, sales and engineering posts for Simsci-Esscor, Invensys, and Foxboro. He also worked as a performance and automation engineer in fossil and nuclear power generation at the Detroit Edison Company.

Presenter Image Mike Dow

Mike Dow, Americas Smart Energy Business Development Microcontrollers Group with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. has 15+ years of semiconductor experience ranging from chip manufacturing, standards development, and business development. For the last three years he has been focused on business development in the Smart Energy vertical market. He was active in the IEEE SUN 802.15.4g Working Group and is currently co-chair of the Smart Energy Sub-Committee in the iPSO (IP for Smart Objects) Alliance. Mike is also on the Industry Advisory Council of the Pecan Street Consortium which is currently undertaking a 1000 resident Home Energy Management demonstration project in Austin, TX. Mike has an Electrical Engineering B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and is a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of Texas.

Presenter Image Andrew Caples

Andrew Caples is a product marketing manager for the embedded systems division of Mentor Graphics. He has over 20 years of experience in start-ups and fortune 500 high tech companies and has served in a variety of roles ranging from technical marketing to sales management. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic University. His current responsibilities include product management for the Nucleus Real Time Operating System.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineering and Marketing Managers at organizations developing (or considering) products for the smart energy market
  • Embedded developers designing applications for popular smart grid products such as Smart Meters, Home Appliances, Home Area Networks and more.

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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