Cable Tech

COVID-19 workshop track created for Cable-Tec Expo 2020

EXTON, Pa. – SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo will feature learnings from the coronavirus crisis during a special workshops track announced today. "Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic" will examine new strategies for managing workforces and maintaining operational performance amid shifts in usage, as well how cable and new partners can foster cross-industry innovation to leverage new health and safety applications during public emergencies.

The special track will be part of the Fall Technical Forum workshops produced jointly by SCTE•ISBE, CableLabs® and NCTA for Cable-Tec Expo 2020, which will be held Oct. 13-16 in Denver. The due date for all Fall Technical Forum abstracts has been extended to Friday, May 8; abstracts can be submitted at expo.scte.org/callforpapers. Suggested topics for the new track include:

Track: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Critical components of a connected community for managing a public health crisis
  • How NOCs and customer-facing teams can collaborate more effectively
  • Maintaining a workforce's focus on network performance during a crisis
  • How home and business connectivity is a lifeline during a crisis
  • Shifting capacity for an at-home population
  • The importance of creating business continuity plans, before the crises
  • Future pandemics with a 10G network
  • Implications for telehealth and telemedicine
  • Smart Cities and future global health pandemics
  • IoT for patient tracking and patient management
  • IoT for capacity and asset tracking in hospitals
  • Connectivity and limiting disease transmission points
  • Supporting an aging population with connected devices

Read the full release here.


[email protected] 4/9/2020 | 4:19:15 PM
Another topic... How about, "How to plan a technical conference amid what is likely to be an ongoing pandemic"?

At this time, it is anyone's guess whether or not Expo 2020 will actually happen. From the experts I have been watching on cable news, it seems that only having been tested for antibodies and found positive (formerly infected - now clear) will reduce the level of precaution any individual should take, and those that are still negative will continue to require social distance, and should avoid large public gatherings. 

Kudos to SCTE/ISBE for their optimism.
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