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Since 2016 the myriad of threats facing maritime nations has not abated, mass migration and terrorist infiltration has plagued nations across the globe and is particularly poignant in the Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific Region where maritime traffic is particularly heavy. Therefore militaries, law enforcement and civil agencies must be able to monitor traffic all the while protecting their maritime assets from external risks and this is accomplished by utilizing advanced technologies from platform sensors to unmanned systems and space-based assets which are constantly going through upgrades and advances in sophistication. There is also a greater need to better analyze and disseminate data between partner agencies and nations to respond quickly and effectively to maritime threats.

Therefore SMi Group is proud to announce the second annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January. Based on the success of the 2016 conference, which included presentations from senior host nation officers including Rear Admiral Natale, Head of Ships Department, Italian Navy General Staff and senior representatives from the Italian Coast Guard and Air Force; we aim to replicate and improve by providing a more regional focus, not just on the Mediterranean, but other areas of interest including the Black Sea and further beyond in the Asia Pacific region. All of which have keen collective interest on ensuring the safety and security of legitimate maritime activities.

  • Features high ranking military officials involved with the enhancement of naval surveillance programmes
  • Learn how nations including Italy, the UK, France, Germany, Portugal and the USA are developing their maritime ISR capabilities
  • Get to the heart of challenges faced by navies through focused briefings, discussions and networking
  • Highlighting the importance of technology to disseminate information to major operators at sea


 

Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in:
• C4ISTAR
• Maritime Security
• Space-based Surveillance
• Counter Piracy
• AIS
• Maritime Traffic Monitoring
• Port and Coastal Security
• National Air Forces
• National Navies
• National Coast Guards
 

406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron; African Maritime Safety and Security Agency; Airbus Defence & Space; Aster S.p.a; Canadian Armed Forces; Capita Secure Information Solutions Ltd; Civitanavi Systems s.r.l.; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence; CSTARS - University of Miami; Defence Command Denmark Air Staff; Direção de Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicações; Dynamic Aviation; Ecuadorian Navy; e-GEOS; Elmfield Tech; Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; ENEA; European Commission Joint Research Centre; Finmeccanica ; French Navy; Frequentis AG; GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U.; Horizon Technologies; Imagesat International NV; Irish Coast Guard; Italian Air Force; Italian Air Force Staff; Italian Coast Guard; Italian Defence; Italian Navy; MDA Corporation ; Mittler-Report Verlag; Momentum Aviation Group; Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence; NAISS; NATO; NATO MARCOM; NSWU-2/ US Navy; Operation Gallant Phoenix; ORBCOMM; PAE; Royal Navy; Selene Avocats; SES GLOBAL; Spanish Embassy; Spanish Ministry of Defence; Swedish Space Corporation ; Tallinn Technical University; Thales; The Swedish Coast Guard; Thuraya; Turkish Navy H Q; US Navy; Windward; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Conference Registration and Informal Introductions

8:45 Chairman's Opening Address

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

9:00 Enhancing Ship-Based C4I Capabilities on Future Platforms

Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi

Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi , Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy

  • Creating better connectivity and information analysis on board surface vessels such as PPA Patrol Vessels and FREMM Frigates
  • The future Aircraft Carrier Trieste: a sea-base for carrier group situational awareness capabilities?
  • Operational experience in effective management of information during deployments
  • 9:30 How the US Navy Utilizes ISR Technology to Assist Naval Forces Around Europe

    Commodore William Ellis

    Commodore William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe

  • Providing command and control and intelligence capabilities for allied nations to use
  • Integrating ISR platforms in multi-national task forces against piracy and human trafficking
  • The future of solidarity with European nations to ensure peace and security in the region
     
  • 10:00 Optimising Maritime Reconnaissance Technologies to Combat Illegal Immigration in the Mediterranean Area of Operations

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force

  • Monitoring suspicious activity through various sensors
  • Creating a mechanism for information sharing among various national assets in theatre
  • The future of Operation Sofia with deployments off the coast of Libya

     

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    11:00 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics – Major Event Information Sharing

    PAUL KERSTANSKI

    PAUL KERSTANSKI, VP maritime solutions, PAE

    11:30 Reintroducing the Maritime Patrol Aircraft Capability in to the British Armed Forces’ Maritime Surveillance Arsenal

    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    Wing Commander Richard Berry, SO1 Capability Delivery P8A , Royal Air Force

  • The acquisition plan for 9 P-8s into the aerial ISTAR fleet
  • Incorporating British systems on board the American platform; plans and challenges
  • Integrating the P-8 into a wider maritime surveillance picture - sharing information for a joint force response to enemy maritime activity
     
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Area

    13:00 Panel Discussion: Increasing Collaboration in Maritime Information Sharing During Joint Operations in Southern Europe

     

     

  • What can be done to increase cooperation at the regional level
  • Designing systems to allow outside nations and agencies access to data when deployed in the region
  • Future collaborative projects for maritime security
  • Lessons learned from recent operations such as OP SOFIA
  • Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy

    13:30 The Benefits of Persistent, Global, Real Time Vessel Tracking

    Simon Chesworth

    Simon Chesworth, Regional Sales Director for Europe, exactEarth

  • The element of the most optimized global satellite AIS solution
  • How this unique global real-time ship tracking solution is enhancing maritime situational awareness
  • The value of persistent real-time monitoring for various maritime operational activities
  • 14:00 Operational Concept of an Integrated Battle Ship

    Commander Michael Sela

    Commander Michael Sela, Former Head of C4I Branch R&D Department, Israeli Navy

  • CMS, is it a system or an ongoing concept of systems?
  • Layers of integration concepts to support an upgraded battle ship (Generic consoles, DRP Backbone Architecture etc)
  • Integrating legacy systems to new projects from difference industries while maintaining the operational flow onboard
  • Automated defence process and threat evaluation concept of an integrated combat ship
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    15:00 Advances in German Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Equipment and Technologies from 2016 Onwards

    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz

    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Command Support/C4I - Missions & Operations, German Navy

  • Optimising surface warship maritime surveillance radar technology on the new F125 Frigates
  • Enabling effective national maritime protection through multinational integrated networks
  • Upgrades in the German MPA Fleet
  • Exploring the future of German Naval C4ISR requirements

     

     

  • 15:30 SIGINT Technologies for Maritime Search and Rescue

    John  Beckner

    John Beckner, Managing Director, Horizon Technologies

  • Traditional Maritime SIGINT
  • Leveraging SIGINT technologies for life saving/Rescue
  • New Solutions for Airborne SAR
     
  • 16:00 Enabling Greater Space-Based Maritime Surveillance Through C-SIGMA

    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA

  • Recent success for C-SIGMA
  • How nations and organisations can get involved
  • Future plans for space surveillance technologies
  • 16:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and end of MRST Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    8:00 Conference Registration and Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Address

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    9:00 An Update On the Fight Against Illegal Immigration off the Italian Coastline

    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard

  • Recent successes against people smugglers in the Mediterranean
  • Pushing for greater information sharing amongst Italian Maritime Agencies
  • Introducing new technologies to better monitor illegal traffic near Italian shores
  • 9:30 The Evolving Role of Maritime Surveillance in the Blue Water Environment’

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Hudson

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Hudson, Commander NATO Maritime Command, NATO MARCOM

    10:00 Optimising French Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities Through the Introduction of Advance Technologies

    Commander Sacha  Bailly

    Commander Sacha Bailly, Officer in Charge Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs, French Navy

  • A look at what is currently accessible to the French Navy for Maritime Awareness
  • Creating the link between these assets through an effective C2 system
  • Integrating future platforms for a greater recognized maritime picture
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    11:00 Belgian Defence Strategic Plans: A Modern Naval Force With Modern ISR Capabilities

    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy

  • Current platform requirements for surface combatants in the Belgian Fleet
  • Using operational experience to determine maritime surveillance requirements
  • Sub-sea awareness - advancing minehunting through new platform acquisition

     

  • 11:30 From People Overboard to Fast Attack Craft – ViDAR to Find Small Targets

    Simon Olsen

    Simon Olsen, Director Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships, Sentient Vision Systems

  • From people overboard to fast attack craft - the challenge of small
  • The technological advantage - ViDAR: Visual Detection and Ranging
  • Operational review from USCG and Royal Navy's Unmanned Warrior
  • 12:00 Space-Based Maritime Surveillance for the Protection of Canada’s Three Coastlines

    Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff

    Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff, Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space , Canadian Armed Forces

  • Outlining the capabilities of Polar Epsilon 2
  • Feeding big data into recognized maritime picture for all maritime agencies to use
  • Collaborating with industry to maximize data analysis
     
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

    13:30 Panel Discussion: Debating How to Best Tackle the Immigration Crisis in the Mediterranean

     

  • Enhancing detection and interception of human trafficking vessels
  • Optimising situational awareness through greater C4I assets

  • Maximising collaboration in the development of platofrms and tactics to secure the Mediterranean sea

  • Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi

    Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi , Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy

    Commander Michael Sela

    Commander Michael Sela, Former Head of C4I Branch R&D Department, Israeli Navy

    Colonel Sergio Cavuoti

    Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Director of Personnel, Italian Air Force

    14:00 Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness Through Satellite-Based Oil Spill, Vessel and Ice Detection

    Sigmund Dehli

    Sigmund Dehli, Director Sales, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

  • Vessel Detection Service
  • Oil Spill Detection Service
  • Ice Detection Service
  • 14:30 Creating a Balanced Navy Through Advanced Intelligence Assets

    Captain Fernando Angelo

    Captain Fernando Angelo, Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre, Portuguese Navy

  • Current Portuguese Navy ISR capabilities
  • Creating a navy to combat a variety of threats
  • How this is done by managing, detecting and surveying in various intensities of conflict
  • Collating ISR information for an effective intelligence picture
     
     
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    15:30 NOAA Ocean Buoy Programs Maritime Situational Awareness for Counter Buoy Vandalism

    Helmut Portmann

    Helmut Portmann, Director, National Buoy Centre, NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

  • The growing concern of buoy vandalism
  • Mitigation damage through technologies including AIS and real-time 360 degree cameras
  • Creating a 24/7 Mission Control Center to analyse date and dispatch responders
  • International coordination spanning the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans
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    16:00 Session Reserved for ORBCOMM

    George Best

    George Best, Director of AIS Sales, EMEA and APAC, ORBCOMM

    16:30 Creating the Perfect Model of Space-Based Maritime Surveillance for Europe

    Leendert Bal

    Leendert Bal, Head of Department Coordination and Innovation, EMSA

     

  • Focusing EU efforts on space-based maritime surveillance to promote safety and security at sea
  • Pollution detection and prevention to create better sea environments
  • Advocating space technologies as essential to monitoring ship traffic around EU coastal waters

     

     

  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of MRST Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz

    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz

    Command Support/C4I - Missions & Operations, German Navy
    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas

    President, C-SIGMA
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard

    Bob Sharp

    Director, National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office
    Bob Sharp

    Captain Fernando Angelo

    Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre, Portuguese Navy
    Captain Fernando Angelo

    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
    Captain Jan De Beurme

    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz

    Command Support/C4I - Missions & Operations, German Navy
    Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz

    Commander Michael Sela

    Former Head of C4I Branch R&D Department, Israeli Navy
    Commander Michael Sela

    Commander Sacha Bailly

    Officer in Charge Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs, French Navy
    Commander Sacha  Bailly

    Commodore William Ellis

    Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe
    Commodore William Ellis

    George Best

    Director of AIS Sales, EMEA and APAC, ORBCOMM
    George Best

    In his present position as Director of AIS Sales, EMEA and APAC for ORBCOMM, George Best brings 9 years of knowledge and experience gained through the study and application of the use of satellite AIS in government maritime agencies, national navies, vessel tracking service providers, shipping companies and logistic companies. He currently resides in Mallorca, Spain
    George Best has over 50 years of experience in the world of computers, networking, telecommunications and satellite services. He held C level executive positions in these industries operating both domestically and internationally.
    He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on many boards of both private and public companies including Chairman of Nuvotech Ventures International Inc, President & CEO Fonorola Inc., a founding Board Member of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Founding Chairman of Canadian Competitive Telecommunications Association, (CTA), Board Member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (IOD) and a member of the Canadian Government SAGIT committee on International Trade.
     

    Guy Thomas

    President, C-SIGMA
    Guy Thomas

    Helmut Portmann

    Director, National Buoy Centre, NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    Helmut Portmann

    John Beckner

    Managing Director, Horizon Technologies
    John  Beckner

    Leendert Bal

    Head of Department Coordination and Innovation, EMSA
    Leendert Bal

    Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff

    Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space , Canadian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff

    PAUL KERSTANSKI

    VP maritime solutions, PAE
    PAUL KERSTANSKI

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino

    EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino

    Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi

    Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
    Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi

    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard
    Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone

    Sigmund Dehli

    Director Sales, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)
    Sigmund Dehli

    Simon Chesworth

    Regional Sales Director for Europe, exactEarth
    Simon Chesworth

    Simon Olsen

    Director Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships, Sentient Vision Systems
    Simon Olsen

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Hudson

    Commander NATO Maritime Command, NATO MARCOM
    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Hudson

    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    SO1 Capability Delivery P8A , Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Richard Berry

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    2016 Presentation: Reviewing the Italian Coast Guard's Experience in Maritime SAR and Border Control

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    2016 Presentation: The Swedish Coast Guard and Enforcing Law and Protecting the Environment at Sea

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    2016 Presentation: Optimising Maritime Situational Awareness

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    2016 Presentation: Allied Maritime Command

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    2016 Presentation: A look at the Italian Navy's Surface Ship Requirements as a Seaborne ISR Platform

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    Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Sponsorship Manual

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    An Interview with Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

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    Chairman's Letter of Invitation

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    List of 2016 Attendees

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Deep Ocean Engineering Inc.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.deepocean.com

    We manufacture powerful, expandable, rugged underwater and surface drone vehicles. The legendary Phantom ® lines of ROVs and USVs are integrated with the highest quality components from providers of thrusters, software, sonar, cameras, lighting, navigation and power. Applications include inspection of pipelines, cables, dams, hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, homeland security, military, search & recovery, scientific research and cinematography.


    exactEarth Ltd

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.exactearth.com

    exactEarth Ltd is the leading supplier of global maritime vessel data for maritime domain awareness and operational maritime support solutions. Using world leading space-based AIS (Automatic Identification Systems) detection technology, exactEarth delivers up-to-date information on all vessels worldwide carrying standard AIS transponders. It is the only system of its kind that uses advanced signal processing to decollide AIS messages, providing the highest quality of vessel detection available today. Capturing significantly more vessels on a single pass than any other space-based system, exactEarth gives customers an unrivalled view of the common maritime picture at a global scale.

    exactEarth Ltd offers fully secure data in a variety of industry standard formats and delivery methods ready for integration into operational maritime, C2 or geospatial intelligence systems. exactEarth Ltd is based in Cambridge, Ontario and is supported by an established network of regional offices and technology partners worldwide.


    Horizon Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.horizontechnologies.eu/

    Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite monitoring systems for ISR applications. We help equip numerous governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. Horizon Technologies, in conjunction with its partners, has developed a new Airborne Satellite Monitoring System (ASMS): FlyingFish™. FlyingFish™ enables international government bodies to passively monitor satellite communications from a tactical airborne monitoring platform in the fight against the scourges of crime, smuggling, poaching, drug trafficking and terrorist threats. FlyingFish™ is a UK dual-use COTS product and subject to UK export control. Our Second Generation version of FlyingFish™ is now in full production, and being delivered, with even more advanced capabilities, to our customers. Horizon Technologies continually strives to design and manufacture new products that exceed the requirements of our demanding customers and to maintain the performance and reliability our customers expect. Our core values drive us to do it right the first time, deliver products of unmatched quality and reliability, and to support our customers until we have exceeded all of their expectations.


    Kongsberg Satellite Services

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    KONGSBERG SATELLITE SERVICES (KSAT) is a Norwegian company that owns and operates a network of antennas located at ground stations all around the world. The positioning of the infrastructure is truly unique and allows KSAT to provide clients with unparalleled near real-time access to satellite-based data from a variety of sources. This data flow drives a portfolio of earth observation services for commercial and governmental customers around the world. Services include monitoring offshore assets for oil spills, detecting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, enabling safe operations in ice-prone arctic waters, and supporting emergency and disaster relief operations. Commercial satellite imagery provides extensive coverage of the earth’s surface, and has become a critical part of operational decision-making in emergency and crisis situations, as well as for day-to-day decision making across a variety of different users. Through our unique global infrastructure we provide our customers with near real-time data from multiple satellites, both optical and SAR.


    MDA

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    MDA is a global communications and information company, providing advanced operational solutions into two principal markets, Surveillance and Intelligence, and Communications. Within MDA’s Surveillance and Intelligence business is its global maritime domain awareness solution – MDA BlueHawk™ – an unclassified maritime domain awareness solution that gives navies, coast guards, environmental, and regulatory agencies near real-time access to broad-area maritime surveillance across their Exclusive Economic Zones and global areas of interest. By fusing SAR and optical satellite imagery, automatic identification system data, vessel registries, and other maritime information MDA BlueHawk™ delivers critical information and tools to detect, track, and respond to security and environmental threats. MDA’s Communications business provides space-based solutions which support data, video, radio, voice, internet, and mobile applications.


    ORBCOMM

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.orbcomm.com

    ORBCOMM provides critical near real-time AIS vessel tracking service for commercial fishing boats and merchant fleets travelling global waters. ORBCOMM’s unique satellite AIS data service overcomes the limitations of terrestrial-based systems by cost-effectively tracking vessels well beyond coastal regions. ORBCOMM was the first commercial satellite network with AIS data services and is now tracking over 180,000 vessels daily for more than 100 customers in a variety of government and commercial organizations. By partnering with some of the most trusted maritime information providers in the world, in addition to its own satellite monitoring capability, ORBCOMM offers the most complete situational picture of global vessel activity available today. ORBCOMM is also a leading provider of multi-network connectivity, leading edge devices and powerful applications for industries including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, oil and gas, and government.


    Pole Star Global

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.polestarglobal.com

    Pole Star is a privately owned UK technology company that has been providing vessel monitoring, regulatory compliance & risk management services to the shipping industry since 1998. From our headquarters in London, and via a network of offices located at key international hubs, we have earned a reputation as one of the leading providers of remote fleet monitoring, risk management, ship security, Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) and fisheries monitoring services.


    Sentient Vision Systems

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.sentientvision.com/

    Sentient Vision Systems develops and deploys computer vision solutions for defense and civil applications. Since 1999 Sentient has specialized in video analytics with a primary focus on the development of automated detection software for full motion video. Sentient’s latest solution, ViDAR, provides over 80 times coverage area compared with existing EO/IR systems. Operating like an optical radar, ViDAR autonomously detects, highlights and tracks objects on the surface of the ocean including fast boats, small wooden or rubber vessels and people in the water. With over 1,000 systems deployed, Sentient’s solutions enhance the performance of EO/IR operations for many agencies and forces worldwide.

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    A fundamental, omnipresent feature of the global information age is that cyber-capabilities, e.g. computing, communication and control, are inherently embedded in numerous physical/engineered systems from the nano-world to large-scale systems-of-systems. Many scientific/technological challenges require intensive multidisciplinary studies, calling for new formulations, techniques and innovative solutions from a spectrum of communities in systems engineering/control/communications. IJSCC offers a vibrant discussion forum in this interdisciplinary area, especially communication systems augmented by control techniques and control systems whose components are interconnected via communication networks.


    European Sting

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    The European Sting is the new online, Brussels based, European media that was born to bring a different critical and truly independent angle to European News and Affairs. The Sting is giving every day the fierce fight for a better and stronger European Union through constructive criticism and unique insights. We are treating daily in a unique way European Politics, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Business and ICT Agenda. We are committed to bridge the gap between Brussels and the EU member states by freely voicing the views of every European citizen. Tired of reading the basics? Visit http://www.europeansting.com and be part of the Hive that disrupts European Media.


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    Oferta diaria de empleos en los sectores marítimo-portuario y logístico Noticias, Buques, Empresas, Puertos, Aduanas, Eventos … Daily Offer of jobs into the maritime, port and logistics sectors News, Vessels, Companies, Ports, Customs, Events … Actualidad Marítima y Portuaria es una iniciativa de los Alumnos y Profesores del Master Internacional en Administración Marítima y Portuaria (UIMP-ENIC) Actualidad Marítima y Portuaria is an original idea by the students and Professors of the International Master in Maritime & Port Administration (UIMP-ENIC) Envíenos sus ofertas de trabajo y las publicaremos completamente GRATIS en un medio profesional y especializado Send to us your job offers and will be published totally FREE in a professional and specialized mean


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    Maritime Connector brings the latest vacancies in the maritime industry. With over 96,000 registered seafarers and over 3,000 maritime companies and recruitment agencies we collaborate with, Maritime Connector is the ultimate place to find job at sea as well as seagoing personnel. Maritime Connector web portal contains everything a maritime professional needs; maritime news, maritime events and maritime jobs all at one place. We help seafarers to find new job opportunities and boost their careers. At the other hand, we help maritime recruiters to find their crew fast and to stay in line with the latest trends in recruitment.


    Homeland Security

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    HOMELAND SECURITY is a publishing house that produces specialist periodicals. “Homeland Security“ is a quarterly specialist periodical in German language and “Global Security“ is released twice a year in English language. They focus on international political, scientific, technical and additional up-to-date challenges arising from the sectors of safety and security, civil protection, disaster assistance and security research. The periodicals aim at decision makers in politics, ministries, public services and industry. Our specialist editorial team is located all over the world (e. g. USA, Canada, Australia, Asia). Accordingly, reporting is being carried out on the spot. Please have a look at a sample issue of our magazine “Global Security”: http://www.homeland-sec.de/epaper-gs.html


    International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering

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    IJSISE covers theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of the engineering design of signal and imaging systems, with emphasis on signal generation and image formation mechanisms, transmission, sensing, analysis and processing, and post-processing algorithms. IJSISE provides the interface between basic research, algorithms and techniques in signal and image processing/analysis/transmission on one side and integral systems on the other. State-of-the-art systems analysis, design, integration, evaluation, standardisation, and the development of algorithms evaluated towards building such systems are the journal's primary focus.


    Defence and Security Alert

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    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Committed to global defence and security, DSA covers a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders. DSA is the only Indian magazine in this genre, available on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Intranet.

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    Global Military Communications

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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


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    Pro Security Zone

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    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    Homeland Security Research Corporation is an international market and technology research firm specializing in the Homeland Security (HLS) & Public Safety (PS) Industry. HSRC provides premium market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. HSRC’s clients include U.S. Congress, DHS, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, NATO, DOD, DOT, GAO, and EU, among others; and HLS & PS government agencies in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Singapore. With over 750 private sector clients, including major defense and security contractors, and Fortune 500 companies, HSRC earned the reputation as the industry’s Gold Standard for HLS & PS market reports.


    Defence Turkey

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    DEFENCE TURKEY has been created by IMGE Co. as an English language magazine in Turkey and the magazine is the information platform for the decision making mechanism of procurement circles and readers to provide a forum of technical information for the fast developing and expanding defence industrial activities, scientific breakthroughs, ongoing projects and current programmes in Turkey, latest news of Turkish authorities and Turkish Defence Industry, interviews with senior military leaders, officials, executive company representatives and experts. On the other hand DEFENCE TURKEY is also a bilateral information platform to the Turkish military and defence officials, Turkish decision makers, procurement executives and Turkish defence industry members on the developments of international defence industries, capabilities and technologies.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

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    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


    Air International

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    Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


    Asian Military Review

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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    International Journal of Ocean Systems Management

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    Air Forces Monthly

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    IJIDSS proposes and fosters discussion on the development of novel computational intelligence techniques and their application to support systems used by defence personnel. The scope of application covers strategic, tactical and operational decision-making across the entire defence sector, covering areas such as intelligence gathering and analysis, capability assessment, tactics modelling and evaluation and logistics management as well as military systems integration and both semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.


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    FAM-Fuerzas Militares: the best selling defence magazine in Spanish language. Distributed in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

    FAM-World Naval Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international naval fairs.

    FAM-World Military Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international air/defence fairs. WWW.FUERZASMILITARES.COM


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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