IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol

Webinar: IEEE Test and Certification Advancing the Grid Toward Trustworthy Time

Hosted by IEEE Standards Association


Precision time synchronization, down to the microsecond level of wide-area measurement and control systems on the electrical grid, is one of the fundamental enabling technologies. It can facilitate improved understanding and lead to a more efficient and robust grid system.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and industry stakeholders have come together to develop a Conformity Assessment program based upon the IEEE PC37.238™-2017, Standard Profile for Use of IEEE 1588™ Precision Time Protocol in Power System Applications.  This webinars explains the critical importance of time synchronization in ensuring a reliable power grid and how IEEE-certified devices address this important need.  You will also learn about TSS development and what should be expected from tested and certified IEEE 1588™ Power Profile conformant devices.


Expert Speakers

Mike Bourton Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Aaron Martin is a Power System Protection Engineer with BPA and currently serves as chair of the IEEE 1588™ Power Profile Conformity Assessment Program steering committee. He received a BSEE from University of Idaho in 2000, and a MEEE from the University of Idaho in 2007. Aaron is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington and a Main Committee Member of the Power System Relaying Committee of the IEEE. In 1999, Aaron Martin began work for the Army Corp of Engineers as a Maintenance Engineer at Lower Granite Dam, located on the Snake River, in Washington State. In 2002, he left the USACE to work for the Bonneville Power Administration as a System Protection Field Engineer in The Dalles, Oregon. In 2006, he transferred to the BPA Branch of System Protection and Control in Vancouver, Washington. His main duties involve system protection issues on 115kv, 230kv, and 500kv transmission systems. 

Steve Kang Bob Noseworthy, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

Bob Noseworthy is the Chief Engineer at UNH-IOL. In this role, he advises on and leads various technical development activities such as TSN-related Testing Services, Avnu Alliance’s Certification, Automotive Networking, Industrial Networking, Pro AV Networking, and IEEE 1588/PTP Test Services. He is also closely involved with Test Suite Specification development for IEEE C37.238™-2017 (IEEE 1588™ Power Profile), the continued evolution of the IEEE 802.1™ Time Sensitive Networking standards (formerly Audio/Video Bridging), as well as continuously evolving areas such as Open Fabrics Alliance logo program, and Ethernet Fabrics.

James Mater Cuong Nguyen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cuong Nguyen joined NIST in 2010 and leads the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Project in the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office of the Engineering Laboratory. He works with industry to support standards-based interoperability test programs to help accelerate smart grid deployments and manages the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Cuong is the chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC). In addition, Cuong coordinates international outreach efforts through bilateral and multilateral engagements.