This presentation will highlight recent network connectivity concerns that stem from the increased use of industrial IoT for SCADA operations in critical infrastructure. Some of the current issues he will highlight include the increasing threat to mission-critical networks due to natural disasters (like the recent superstorms/hurricanes) and cyber attacks that target wireless critical infrastructure operations and IIoT technologies (like the Russian hacking announcement made in March). He will also elaborate on the changing demands that stem from IIoT incorporation including the need for high-speed uplink capacity to communicate with IIoT technologies at the edge – a completely different need from networks like 5G that emphasize download capabilities for mobile consumer users.
As an alternative, some mission-critical operators have turned to a new wireless standard known a 802.16s. This standard helps critical infrastructure establish private connectivity, separate from the public internet, transmitting data over licensed VHF and UHF frequencies in a variety of channel sizes ranging from 100 kHz to 2 MHz. The combination of licensed frequency and channel size is ideal for mission critical private data networks that need to support the monitoring and control of thousands of remote industrial devices dispersed over wide geographies and the flexibility of the standard allows network operators to obtain unused or underutilized radio spectrum without having to compete with the major cellular operators. This session will cover the standard and why 802.16s and standards that preceded it are important to help drive the necessary scale for rapid worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and interoperable technologies. This presentation will also highlight what the standard is, how mission-critical operations can use it to securely connect, and how it helps with the incorporation of IIoT in mission-critical operations.