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Examine developments in mobile and tactical battlefield communications…

With research taking up valuable time and money, what better way to ensure you are up-to-date with developments in battlefield communications than to attend SMi's forthcoming 2nd Annual Mobile Battlefield Communications conference.

The event will primarily examine the current solutions and future systems that are in development, to enable you to maximise your battlefield effectiveness. In addition the conference will also explore the operational requirements that result from this new technology and address the issues surrounding architecture.

"The important secret of warfare is to make oneself master of communications,"- Napoleon

With this in mind, register now to attend Mobile Battlefield Communications, where you can gain information on the latest technical solutions to resolve your communication security and reliability concerns. This event will also thoroughly explore the issues surrounding range, near time situational awareness and interoperability to ensure that you are strategically placed to best exploit battlefield communications. Thus this comprehensive event is a "must-attend" for those working in the battlefield communications market.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter Bedwin

Peter Bedwin, Program Manager, ITT Industries Aerospace Communications

9:10 US ARMY REQUIREMENTS

Colonel Grobmeier

Colonel Grobmeier, Project Manager, Tactical Radio Communication Systems, US Army - PM TROS

  • Extended range battlefield communications
  • Modernization initiatives
  • New technologies being used
  • Efficiency of mobile communication networks
  • Current technological solutions
  • 9:40 A VIEW FROM NORWAY

    Colonel Erik Hammer

    Colonel Erik Hammer, Head of Signals and Electronic Branch, ARMYMATCOMNR

  • Defining ‘Software Radio’
  • Multichannel radio development and issues
  • Waveform development for SW
  • Balancing performance vs. mission requirements
  • Managing field updates
  • Lessons learned by Norway
  • 10:20 COMMUNICATION-ON-THE-MOVE

    Richard Ziska

    Richard Ziska, Program Manager, Tactical Division, Rockwell-Collins

  • Common infrastructures
  • Horizontal integration/interoperability
  • Analysis of spiral development
  • Impact of mobile communications?
  • Advantages/disadvantages of mobile communications
  • Lessons learned from static communication
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE JOINT TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEMS (JTRS)

    Daniel Mock

    Daniel Mock, Technical Staff, Raytheon

  • Software Defined Radio advantages
  • Modular design scalable to meet user needs
  • Commonality across a variety of platforms
  • Seamless networking across the battlefield
  • Interoperability with legacy waveforms
  • Future waveforms to support wideband networking
  • 12:00 INTEGRATING THE SOLDIER IN THE BATTLEFIELD

    Gregoire Eumurian

    Gregoire Eumurian, Marketing Manager, Advanced Systems, Thales Communications/Battlespace Radio

  • Operational requirements for digital soldier
  • Integration in the battlefield
  • CNI (Communication, Navigation, Identification) performance
  • Interoperability levels
  • Technologies & solutions for Europeans programmes
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 MOBILE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    Ian Mason

    Ian Mason, Project Executive, BAE Systems

  • Available commercial technologies
  • The military requirement
  • Matching civil and military innovation
  • User experience
  • 14:40 RADIO COMMUNICATION IN A MOBILE ENVIRONMENT

    Staale Akerman

    Staale Akerman, Systems Engineer, Tactical Radio, Kongsberg Defence Communications

  • Range and coverage aspects related to mobility
  • Requirements to the radionet caused by advanced data applications
  • Levels of autonomy of a network
  • VHF radio MRR used in air defence applications
  • 15:20 ISSUES DEFINING SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO

    Theresa Breidenstein

    Theresa Breidenstein, Marketing Communications, Wireless Systems Group, Spectrum

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Michael C. Cox

    Colonel Michael C. Cox, Deputy Director, Joint Tactical Radio System Joint Program

    9:10 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UK’s DIGITIZATION PROGRAMME

    Brigadier Peter Sharpe

    Brigadier Peter Sharpe, Deputy IPT Team Leader, BOWMAN & Land Digitisation, DPA

  • Concept of acquisition and delivery
  • Expanding BOWMAN to core digitization
  • Limiting factors of the LAND component
  • The key elements and functionality of BOWMAN and Digitization Stage 2
  • The plan to deliver the system and convert the UK Armed Forces
  • Concepts for the evolution of further stages, post initial roll-out
  • 9:40 JOINT TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEMS (JTRS)

    Colonel Michael C. Cox

    Colonel Michael C. Cox, Deputy Director, Joint Tactical Radio System Joint Program

  • JTRS SCA
  • Benefits of JTRS
  • Intoperability
  • Line-of-sight/beyond Line-of-sight (LOS/BLOS)
  • Waveform Management
  • The next move - CLUSTER 1 and BEYOND
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEPLOYMENT PLANNING

    Adrian Graham

    Adrian Graham, Director - Military Systems, ATDI

  • What needs to be planned?
  • Should it be pre-planned or can it be planned dynamically?
  • What factors are important?
  • What information do we need in order to do it?
  • Who will do it?
  • Does anything need to be changed in order to achieve our objectives?
  • 12:00 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

    Dr Larry Williams, (Phd)

    Dr Larry Williams, (Phd), Tactical Director Advanced Systems, ITT Industries Aerospace Communications

  • Linking soldiers to mobile voice and data networks
  • Built-in geolocation systems
  • Situational Awareness System
  • Single Integrated platforms for the individual soldier
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION
    HOW DOES OPERATIONAL DOCTRINE FIT WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY?

    14:40 NEXT GENERATION TACTICAL NETWORKS

    Bjorn Rossow

    Bjorn Rossow, Segment Manager Tactical WAS, Thales Communications AS

  • IP network for large variance in bandwidth, and topology changes
  • Special military requirements to the TI
  • Evolution from today’s Eurocom networks to the TI
  • Standardisation for the TACOMS post 2000
  • 15:20 NEXT - GENERATION LAND PLATFORM COMMUNICATIONS

    Steve Collier

    Steve Collier, Head of Land Platform Communications, BAE Systems

  • Technology insertion
  • Man-vehicle interface
  • Man-man communications
  • System management
  • Operational applications
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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