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NSGM-TSDSI Workshop on “Leveraging 5G and Cloud for Smart Grids – India Context” (20 August, 2019: New Delhi)

August 20 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

 “Leveraging 5G and Cloud for Smart Grids – India Context”

Workshop organised by

Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) and National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM)

20 August 2019, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

A robust and reliable telecommunication system is an integral part of Power Utility applications, ranging from AMR/AMI, SCADA/DMS/EMS, WAMS to Smart Grids. Traditionally, utilities invested in “private” communication systems, to ensure reliability and more importantly, security. Applications like AMR/AMI have been using public telecommunication infrastructure. The rapid advances in mobile technologies has spurred the development of AMR/AMI and Smart Grids. While 2G-3G is widely in use, NB-IoT technology is also being explored. 5G, with its emphasis on ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (uRLLC) and mMTC (massive Machine Type Communication), is slated to further accelerate these developments.

Data Centres that typically host utility applications, is another segment that is undergoing transformation – due to Cloud based hosting services. Cloud based infrastructure is scalable, reliable and secure and being virtual, insulates the user from investing upfront in captive data centres.

National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM), spearheading the smart grid implementation in India has joined Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), which is leading the development of 5G standards, to explore state of the art technological interventions for smart grid deployment leveraging 5G technologies, cloud interoperability and portability and M2M/IoT etc.


A workshop is being organised by NSGM in collaboration with TSDSI for deliberating on evolving opportunities to leverage emerging technologies in 5G and Cloud, for smart grids.  Objective of the workshop is to discuss Applications of 5G technologies in Smart Grids, including w.r.t. India specific requirements, and adoption of cloud based technologies including migration, portability and interoperability aspects.

The workshop will be in the form of context setting and experience sharing by representative utilities on the topics, expert talk/s from TSDSI experts and a panel discussion to identify actionable items for taking forward.

The workshop will have expert representatives from user segment (DISCOMS and Utilities), Policy makers, Telecommunication service providers, telecom and cloud technology experts, R&D and Academia.


Participation: Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. Please contact atul.bali.nsgm@gov.in/bindoo@tsdsi.in  to request for invitation.


Venue: Tamarind Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


Schedule: 20th August 2019, 0930 to 1700 IST


Workshop Contact: Mr Atul Bali, NSGM, atul.bali.nsgm@gov.in; Ms Bindoo Srivastava, TSDSI, bindoo@tsdsi.in




Program Agenda:

Conference on 5G and Cloud Interoperability for Smart Grids
Session Start time End time Duration Subject Speaker
Registration 9:30 10:00 0:30 Registration
Inaugural 10:00 10:05 0:05 Welcome Atul Bali


10:05 10:15 0:10 Opening Remarks Ms Pamela Kumar,

Director General, TSDSI

10:15 10:30 0:15 Context Setting – NSGM Mr Arun Kumar Mishra

Director, NSGM-PMU

10:30 10:50 0:20 Opportunities for 5G and Cloud wrt Smart Grids Mr Satish Jamadagni, Vice Chairman, TSDSI (VP Reliance JIO)


10:50 11:20 00:30 Overview of 5G technology landscape Mr Jishnu Aravindakshan, Vice Chair-SG Networks, TSDSI
TEA BREAK 11:20 11:50 0:30 BREAK
5G for Smart Grids 11:50 12:20 0:30 Smart Metering Communications requirements & experience so far Atul Bali, Sr GM, NSGM-PMU
12:20 12:50 0:30 5G technologies for Smart Metering , including NB-IoT/CATM and typical Smart Metering use cases Mr Naresh Vattikutti, Head of Products, WiSig Networks


12:50 13:00 0:10 Q&A Open House
LUNCH 13:00 14:00 1:00 LUNCH
Cloud Interoperability for Smart Grids 14:00 14:20 0:20 Leveraging Cloud for  Mission Critical and Enterprise wide applications Mr M P Singhal, Member CCICI and Former Advisor, TEC, DoT
14:20 14:40 0:20 SG Use Case with Cloud –Challenges faced in managing traditional Data centres Mr Rajiv Pharlia*, DGM, PFC


14:40 15:20 0:40 Overview of Cloud – features/benefits/strategy for adoption/portability and interoperability etc Mr Satish Jamadagni, Vice Chairman TSDSI (Vice President,  Reliance JIO)


15:20 15:30 0:10 Q&A Open House


TEA BREAK 15:30 16:00 0:30 TEA BREAK
Panel Discussion 16:00 16:45 0:45 Panel Discussion on leveraging 5G and Cloud for Smart Grids in India Moderator: Ms Pamela Kumar, DG, TSDSI


Mr Vishal Kapoor, Dir, MoP

Mr A K Mishra, Dir, NSGM-PMU

Ms Palka Sahni, IAS-ED (IPDS)

Mr M P Singhal; Member, CCICI

Mr Sharad Arora, MD, Sensorise;

Mr Piyush Somani, CMD, ESDS

CONCLUSION 16:45 17:00 0:15 Concluding Remarks NSGM



August 20
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Tamarind Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi