Digitalization is on the march

The 2nd Federal IT Forum of Russia’s electric power industry Smart Energy 2017 held on June 8 was a big success. The highest profile event for IT directors of the industry was endorsed by: the International Academy of Communication, BelAPE - Association of Industrial Power Engineers (Belarus), National Association of Industrial Internet, IT Directors Club of the Central Federal District. General Partner of the Forum was Rosseti. System Operator of the United Energy System and RusHydro were Partners of the event.

Rostelecom and MegaFon were Platinum Sponsorts of the event. Viavi – Bronze Sponsor. Control IT – Sponsor of Coffee Breaks. Cezar Satellite was Sponsor. The forum was also supported by Center2M.

The keynote speeches to the delegates were delivered by Alexander Bershadsky, Project Manager for Corporate and Government Accounts, Rostelecom, and Vladimir Ulyanov, Head of Sales, ICT projects, MegaFon. “NB-IoT technology allows connecting numerous smart devices and sensors within the existing infrastructure, and at a low cost. We are going to take this standard to the industrial level,” announced Vladimir Ulyanov. “The vital question of the industrial IoT in the power industry is IT security, and we are ready to face new market challenges,” emphasized Alexander Bershadsky.

The following round table “Smart Energy 2017: Driving Business Efficiency” brought together  Fyodor Opadchiy, Deputy Chairman of System Operator of the United Energy System; Maxim Kokurin, Head of IT Division, InterRAO; Evgeny Konkov, Project Manager VetroSGC (Joint Stock Company “Vetroenergeticheskaya Separate Generating Company”) Rosatom State Corporation; Dmitry Faustov, CIO, Federal Grid Company of the United Energy System; Stanislav Terentyev; CEO, VOLS-VL; Alexander Bershadsky, Project Manager for Corporate and Government Accounts, Rostelecom, and Vladimir Ulyanov, Head of Sales, ICT project, MegaFon. Key topics of the round table were: main provisions of the national project concept “Russia’s Smart Energy System”, challenges and drivers of the transition to smart energy, main trends in Russian and foreign smart energy, import phase-out as a way to accelerate innovations in the industry, mutually beneficial cooperation between energy companies and telecom operators, and the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The first session of the forum was entitled IT as a tool to boost business efficiency for energy companies. Svetlana Medvedeva, PwC Russia’s Head of IT Advisory, offered an overview of current trends in digitalization.  Andrey Kolupov, Deputy CEO of Control IT spoke about the specifics of a complex solution for quality control in data networks and monitoring of ICT infrastructure. Alexander Bershadsky from Rostelecom dedicated his report to state-of-the-art infrastructure used by power companies. Regional Manager of VIAVI Solutions Shamil Gazizullin spoke about remote monitoring systems for long-haul infrastructure using fiber optic sensors. Evgeny Akhmadishin, CEO of Telematic Solutions, chose to speak about digitalization in housing and utilities sector. Artem Vinogradov, IBM Russia Optimization Solutions Leader, spoke about integration of planning and optimization system for the power industry.

The second session of the forum was dedicated to digital energy: domestic and international software products for business continuity. Speakers included: Pavel Ivanchenko, Head of M2M/IoT products for corporate business, MegaFon; Oleg Ragozin, Head of Real Estate Department, Cezar Satellite; Denis Miganov, CMO, Center2M; Dmitry Ivushkin, Head of Radio Electronic Devices, ICBCOM; Kirill Yanchenko, CEO, Eutelsat Networks; Oleg Morozov, Director of Communications Department, Iskra, and Vladimir Sabylin, Project Manager, Corporate and  Government Accounts, Rostelecom.

The following round table “Development trajectories and best practices of technological automated management system implementation in 2016-2017” featured speeches from: Igor Gavrilov, Head of the Department of  Corporate and Technological Automated Control Systems, IDGC of the  North-West, Andrey Leskin, Deputy Chief Division of Technological DCS and Telecommunication Department of Corporate and Technological Distributed Control Systems, Rosseti, Oleg Ragozin,  Head of Real Estate Department, Cezar Satellite, Svetlana Semenova, Deputy Head of Technological Computer-Aided Systems and Telecommunications, Tyumenenergo, Anton Britko, Head of Telecommunications Department, IDGC of the Center, Leonid Isakov, Deputy Director of Business Processes Automation, Moscow United Power Grid Company (MOESK), and Dmitry Ivanov, Project Manager, VOLS-VL.

Panelists discussed the key development areas in IT and telecom in Rosseti group of companies, placement of telecommunication network elements on the power industry infrastructure as a driver for building up own communication networks, digital dispatch communication systems, monitoring systems for motor vehicles and mobile units. All experts agreed that complex rollout of such technological systems is a strategic task faced by Rosseti’s IT department.   

A reception offered at the end of the forum featured live music and an informal ambience where delegates to the forum could discuss its results and network with fellow industry professionals.

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