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Are your communications systems mobile?

Mobile communication networks are imperative in achieving information superiority and situational awareness in the modern battlefield.

Key decision makers will investigate the capabilities and technologies currently in operation.

Explore how net-centric communications systems help warfighters and first responders’ access and share trusted information from any location to make better decisions, faster, and ensure mission success in a coordinated and responsive fashion.

This conference will help you understand how to provide remote and mobile military units and emergency services with interoperable and transportable secure communications.  

This event is tailored for all those managing programmes or providing tools aimed at enhancing the communication capabilites of warfighters and first responders.

Understand the Requirements of Military and First Responders!

Know your options,

Identify the technology,

 Make the right choices


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Why Attend this Conference?  

ü Learn how to enhance your communication capabilities
ü Assess the steps towards fully integrated mobile networks
ü Gain an insight into NATO's CIS and SATCOM programmes
ü Evaluate role of UAV’s in providing mobile communications
ü Identify the communication needs of first responders

     Session Topics Include:

Ø  Current Challenges for Mobility
Ø  Network Design and Connectivity
Ø  Mobility and Deployability
Ø  Current Operational Capabilities
Ø  Command and Control on the Move
Ø  C4ISR
Ø  Securing Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks
Ø  Readiness and protability
Ø  NEC in the Land Environments
Ø  Providing Satilite Backhaul
Ø  COSMO, Skymed and Sicral
Ø  TITTAN Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force
Ø  Spanish Mobile Depoyable Communicaitons
Ø  Norwegian Rapid Deployment Modules
Ø  Industry opportunities
Ø  COTS and Reliability
Ø  Role of UAV
Ø  Emergency Services Cooperation  
Ø  Interagency Communications
Ø  Mobility Systems Architecture
Ø  Common Situational Awarness
Ø  ESA Telecom Projects and Activities 
Ø  Swedish SAMONetwork
Ø  Belgium's ASTRID Network 
Ø  Norway's Nodnett Network 
Ø  TETRA



 

 Our outstanding line-up of experts includes:

  • Major General Georges D'Hollander, Director, C3, NATO HQ
  • Brigadier Jake Thackray, Commander, 11th Signal Brigade, British Army
  • Colonel Jan Kasej, Head, Communication and Information Systems, Czech Army
  • Colonel Andre Poot, Head, Design Team (TITAAN), C2 Support Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Colonel Tore Ellingsberg, Deputy Commander, Norwegian Defence CIS Centre
  • John Garstka, Deputy Director Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, USA
  • Frank Zeppenfeldt, System Engineer, Satellite Telecommunications, D/TEN-TPN, European Space & Technology Centre, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Torwald Snickars, SAMO Exercise Leader, Control and Command Centre, The Swedish Emergency Management Agency
  • Meichl Géza, Head, EDR Office, Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary
  • Frederik Langhendries, Head of Communication, ASTRID Network, Belgium
  • Jim Ironside, Chief Scientist, General Dynamics UK
  • Åke Jönsson, Vice President, Sales, SWE-DISH Satellite Systems
  • Angelo Messina, Research & Technology Assistant Director, European Defence Agency
  • Andy Warnes, Vice President, Sales Defence & Security/Europe & North, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Jørn Smedberg, Manager, Land Mobile Market Management, Thrane & Thrane
  • Paul Vingoe, Principal Consultant, Wireless Technology Practice, PA Consulting Group


The Venue:
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The Marriott Prague
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A majestic jewel in one of Europe's most enchanting cities, the Prague Marriott Hotel is steps from Old Town Square and major attractions.
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This upscale hotel evokes classic European charm and welcomes you with elegant accommodations.
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The Brasserie Praha, offers the finest Czech and international wines, recreates French and local cuisine you can savor. Enjoy an espresso at the Lobby Bar and Cafe while you stay connected with wireless Internet access.
               

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul  Vingoe

Paul Vingoe , Principal Consultant, Wireless Technology Practice , PA Consulting Group

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Improving Communication Systems Effectiveness

Major General Georges D'Hollander

Major General Georges D'Hollander, Director, C3 , NATO HQ

  • Current challenges for mobility
  • NATO C3 strategy for deployable communications
  • Rethinking network design and connectivity
  • Path to enhancing capabilities
  • A key role for industry in enhancing potential
  • 9:50 HOST NATION SPECIAL ADDRESS: Achieving Mobile, Deployable and Secure Communications for the Czech forces

    Colonel Jaroslav  Hrevus

    Colonel Jaroslav Hrevus, Operational Department Chief, General Staff, CIS Division, Ministry of Defence

  • Current structures and operational capabilities
  • Improving deployability and mobility
  • Challenges and future requirements
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Practitioners View of NEC: Joining Networks in the Land Environment

    Brigadier Jake Thackray

    Brigadier Jake Thackray, Command Support Development Centre, British Army

  • Where we stand
  • Considerations: from interface to information overload
  • Operational challenges in the field
  • The road ahead
  • 11:40 SatCom in support of Deployable Forces

  • Interoperability in the battlespace
  • Situational awareness
  • Multicast & netted communications
  • Information assurance & security
  • Case study
  • Raymond Adams

    Raymond Adams, Government and Defence Account Manager, NSSL

    Paul  Gudonis

    Paul Gudonis, Business Development Manager , Inmarsat

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Seamless Communications Between Operational Posts and Mobile Front Lines: Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force (TITAAN)

    Colonel Andre Poot

    Colonel Andre Poot, Head, Design Team (TITAAN), C2 Support Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Effective in mission-critical tasks both on and off the battlefield
  • Network design and connectivity
  • Integrated Staff Information System (ISIS 3)
  • Interconnecting with other networks
  • Efficiently integrating  on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware components: state-of-the-art technology and time-saving
  • 14:10 Tactical Mobile Communications in Bowman: Achieving Ad Hoc Support

    Jim  Ironside

    Jim Ironside , Chief Scientist , General Dynamics UK

  • Achieving virtual ad hoc networks using open standards over low bandwidth links
  • Communicating across the boundaries to joint and coalition systems
  • Achieving industrial cooperation for implementing Systems of Communications Systems
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 The importance of quickly deployed and easy to use mobile communications solutions

    Åke Jönsson

    Åke Jönsson, Vice President Sales, SWE-Dish Satelite Systems

  • How do we establish Comms-on-the-halt, to SatCom-on-the-pause, to SatCom-on-the-move?
  • What performance will be required in the future?
  • The importance of quickly deployed and easy-to-use Comms-on-the-halt, SatCom-on-the-pause & SatCom-on the-move
  • Case studies
  • Technical and operational solutions
  • 16:00 Norwegian Defence Rapid Deployable Communication Modules

  • Present Strategic Capabilities
  • Needs for Future Developments
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kjetil Wee  Pettersen

    Lieutenant Colonel Kjetil Wee Pettersen, Assistant Head of Signals , Norwegian Army

    16:40 Role of UAV's in Relaying Communications

    Angelo  Messina

    Angelo Messina, Research & Technology Assistant Director, European Defence Agency

  • Building UAV assisted ad-hoc networks
  • Maintaining a network chain: configuring the topology UAV networks to maximize communication rates
  • UAV based battlefield broadcast systems: low-cost and yet highly capable COTS-based communications equipment
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:30 Drinks Reception sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul  Vingoe

    Paul Vingoe , Principal Consultant, Wireless Technology Practice , PA Consulting Group

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NATO's DCIS and SATCOM Programmes

    Mark D’Agostino

    Mark D’Agostino, NATO Response Force (NRF) Deployable Communications and Information Systems (DCIS) Portfolio Manager, NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)

  • Current Status
  • Plans for the Future
  • Industry Opportunities and Participation
  • 9:50 Applications of Commercial Technology in Frontline Military and Security Operations

    Andy  Warnes

    Andy Warnes, Vice President, Sales Defence & Security/Europe, Alcatel-Lucent

  • Matching requirements and available technology
  • Small and rugged: getting it right
  • Trends and expected breakthroughs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 What role for COTS (Mobile Satellite) technologies? Focusing on available land mobile terminals which can be connected to the Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN)

    Jorn Smedberg

    Jorn Smedberg, Manager Land Mobile Market Management, Thrane & Thrane Norge AS

  • C2 (Command and Control, Multi User - Land Portable Terminals)
  • COTM (Communication-On-The-Move, Land Vehicular Terminals)
  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance (Single User Land Portable Terminals)
  • Messaging and Tracking ( Real Time Knowledge)
  • Seamless, reliable and secure communications between endusers
  • 11:30 Can I help to win the war? The contribution of basic research in wireless networking to tactical communications

    Professor Giacomo  Morabito

    Professor Giacomo Morabito, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica e delle Telecomunicazioni, University Of Catania

  • How to improve security
  • How to increase communication capacity o How to achieve longer duration of batterie
  • How to increase communication capacity o How to achieve longer duration of batterie

    12:10 Norwegian Mobile and Deployable Network for Emergency Services - Nødnett

  • Overview of Nødnett
  • Co-operation within three emergency service
  • Technology-neutral tender
  • Decision-making process: managed service (PPP/PFI)
  • Experience from the pilot-project
  • Cecilie  Løken

    Cecilie Løken, Marketing Director, Directorate for Emergency Communications

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:40 Nationwide TETRA radio network for Hungarian Authorities

    Meichl  Géza

    Meichl Géza, Head, EDR Office, Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary

  • Obstacle-free programme roll-out overivew
  • Organisation of a nationwide multiagency TETRA network
  • Technical specifications: Unified Digital Radio System (UDRS – EDR in Hungarian language)
  • Benefits and lessons learnt
  • Looking ahead
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Rethinking the Challenges of Network Centric Warfare in the Mobile Context

    John Garstka

    John Garstka, Deputy Director Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, USA

  • Modernizing war fighting integration
  • Challenges to NEC integration and implementation
  • Catering the information need of mobile forces
  • Current challenges facing the security and deployment of communication systems
  • 16:20 Belgium ASTRID Network

    Frederik Langhendries

    Frederik Langhendries, Head of Communication, ASTRID, Belgium

  • Voice, data transmission
  • Interagency communications
  • Achieving Nationwide coverage
  • Latest news from Belgium shared networks
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