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SCTE/ISBE and Villanova RISE Forum to build Headend & Hub Energy Assessment Tool

SCTE/ISBE and Villanova RISE Forum to build Headend & Hub Energy Assessment Tool

(VILLANOVA, PA and EXTON, PA) -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), will partner with Villanova University’s RISE (Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering) Forum to develop a headend and hub energy assessment tool targeted at critical facilities managers, technology business leaders and other executives in the cable telecommunications industry.

The energy assessment tool will provide these leaders with a new methodology for managing power consumption in a more sustainable manner, with a specific focus on accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the industry’s hub and network edge facilities. The ultimate goal is to help the industry meet the ambitious energy reduction targets established through SCTE/ISBE’s Energy 2020 Program. Energy 2020 is a concerted commitment by the cable telecommunications industry to achieve double-digit reductions in energy cost and consumption by the end of the decade.

In recent years, significant progress has been made in reducing power consumption in data center facilities; however, cable’s edge facilities traditionally have been in an “always-on” state regardless of demand. Industry and academia have recognized the need to focus attention further down the modern “digital supply chain,” to include these innumerable critical facilities. Beyond reducing energy footprints and optimizing performance, the energy management tool aims to enhance the overall resiliency of these customer facing buildings.

The headends and hubs play a crucial role in delivering cable content to customers. A cable headend is a master facility that operates on a regional scale. Television signals and high speed data are delivered to the headend via satellite or terrestrial backbone and are distributed out to the local hubs. The cable hub facility operates at the level of the local community, and typically serves between 5,000 and 30,000 homes. These hub sites interface with customer residences via the “outside plant,” which includes power supplies, fiber nodes, line amplifiers and diplex filters.

These edge facilities also consume a considerable amount of electricity. “Between 73% and 83% of cable’s overall energy consumption is by hubs, headends and the access network power supplies, powering the active equipment in the HFC network,” said Chris Bastian, senior vice president and CTO of SCTE/ISBE.  “The Villanova RISE Forum will complement other efforts to tackle that challenge, including the development of standards that are enabling cable system operators to identify consumption patterns more effectively.”

SCTE/ISBE is a member of Villanova’s RISE Forum, a membership-based network that works to accelerate the identification and application of data-driven solutions that will help its members increase the sustainability of their respective organizations and secure a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Through RISE, graduate students in Villanova University’s Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering program will develop and pilot test the energy assessment tool during the 2016-2017 academic year. The pilot sites will serve as case studies that will demonstrate how managers and executives can deploy this tool to improve the environmental footprint of headend and hub facilities, while simultaneously reducing costs and driving network performance and resilience. The intent is to not only raise leaders’ awareness of the need for comprehensive energy management within these edge facilities, but to provide them with a diagnostic tool and data-driven methodologies for implementing energy efficiency improvements.

The graduate student team overseeing this project plans to present preliminary findings to representatives from the cable industry at the Energy 2020/EMS Plenary on October 18, 2016 hosted at CableLabs in Colorado.


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