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This workshop will address a number of key themes in the important area of convergence in battlefield communications systems.

Military satellite communications is evolving with an increase in dedicated Milsatcom spectrum, complemented by commercial satcoms and the emergence of the S-band for emergency use. As satellite bandwidth increases, military satellite terminals can be used for fixed, mobile (land, sea & air), man-portable and hand-held scenarios. Terminals are becoming increasingly interoperable with terrestrial wireless systems.

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at everyone who is involved in the design, specification, installation and use of Network Centric Satcom systems for military use as well as emergency and disaster recovery applications. Delegates will gain a broad understanding of all aspects of such systems and be much better placed to understand the design trade-offs. This will help them to make informed decisions regarding the specification of the systems and to understand what real world performance can be expected.

The workshop will include the following content:

  • The evolution of Satellite Communications
  • How situational awareness needs access to easy to use display devices, including communication of data and video, as well as location and timing to enable blue force tracking to co-ordinate forces
  • How satellite backhaul and ideally Satcom-On-The-Move and use of IP is used to link all assets
  • How ad-hoc, self healing, extendable networks can be used to overcome the RF propagation challenges facing armed forces in urban environments and difficult terrain
  • How high quality digital video can be streamed using COFDM terrestrial wireless systems and video over satellite
  • How integration of systems onto military platforms has become a critical part of the network centric warfare.  Techniques that overcome mutual interference between radios are a key part of making real-life systems co-exist on the same platform
  • How GPS, and alternative techniques based on adaptive antenna arrays and inertial navigation systems, can provide robust navigation information in a hostile environment
  • Convergence between terrestrial radio and satellite communications, including the evolution off cognitive radios and software defined waveforms
  • Integrated Force Protection, providing preventive measures to mitigate hostile actions. Threat detection is critical, using systems such as Ground-Penetrating Radar for mine detection, as well as EO/IR cameras with intelligent video analysis software.
     

The workshop will also include a case study, describing how a 2-way radio over satellite system was deployed by the American Red Cross in response to Hurricane Katrina.

About your workshop leaders:

Martin Shelley is currently Project Manager in the Antenna and Electronic Systems Business Unit at Cobham Technical Services. he is responsible for the development of antennas for satellite communications on the move. His expertise covers an extensive range of technologies including most types of arrays, reflectors and low gain antennas, together with printed and waveguide power dividers. These skills have been applied to applications including spacecraft payloads, military systems and commercial wireless access systems.

 

Adrian Payne is currently a senior consultant and the technical lead on Software Defined Radio and System Architectures within the Antenna and Electronic Systems Business unit at Cobham Technical Services. He has particular expertise in system-level design and simulation of transceiver architectures, radio systems and signal processing algorithms and has worked on many wireless standards both in research and development environments.

 

Workshop programme

14:15 Registration

14:30 Start of workshop

15:45 Afternoon Tea

17:20 End of workshop

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