SMi is proud to present the 5th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference to be held in Rome.

With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of naval capability.

The Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference follows from four very successful conferences of the same name. The original focus revolved around the Italian Navies need for improved security in the Mediterranean Sea following the Arab Spring and continued unrest along the African coast. The ability to identify ships and their business became paramount.

This year the conference has an increased focus on space based maritime reconnaissance and the addition of the relation between the Littoral and Maritime Domains and ISR capabilities that occur here. The aim is to assist the advancement and engagement of Naval practitioners and Programme Managers through briefings, panel sessions and focused discussion groups on topics including Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Littoral-Maritime ISR capabilities and Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities.

Harnessing the most modern technologies to build a thorough operational picture is an increasingly important part of Maritime Operations. These capabilities however need to be understood as a joint component: how can airborne ISR platforms, microwave imaging satellites and littoral domain systems also contribute the commanders decision process. With these new trends come further challenges in gathering, processing and interpreting the enormous quantities of data that are gathered by this platforms which is an equally important task.

Previous iterations of this conference have been very successful in addressing these questions and as we advance into an increasingly technologically driven world the solutions are to be found by networking and discussing these amongst one's peers. To this end, some of our most prominent past attendees, include Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, NATO MARCOM and Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Italian Coastguard, have been able to provide unprecedented insights into the status and future of Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology for both NATO forces and Industry alike. This years conference intends to expand on this, bringing the best and most up-to-date sector knowledge to those who need it.

  • Holistic coverage of Maritime ISR Platforms and Systems from NATO Nations Including Representation from:
    • Naval Commanders
    • Fleet Air Arms
    • Programme Managers
    • ISR/ISTAR Specialists
    • NATO Centre of Excellence
  • A New Perspective from the Integration of Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology across the Littoral and Maritime Domains
  • Updates on the Newest Programmes and Platforms across NATO
  • Emphasis on Space-Based Technology as an effective ISR Tool and how Militaries can take Advantage of this Quickly Developing Capability while Integrated Conventional ISR Systems and Platforms


NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) ; Aerodata AG; Agency for Defence- Korea; Army Material Department; Belgian Navy ; CLS; CS; DSTL Porton Down; Ecuadorian Navy; Embassy of Finland; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EMSA; European Defence Agency; European Maritime Safety Agency; FMV; FN Herstal; German Embassy Rome; German Navy; GXP International Solutions Group; Hisdesat; ICEYE Oy; Imagesat International NV; Italian Air Force - AIr Staff; Italian Ministry of Defence; Jane's Navy International Magazine Correspondent; Kleos Space SA; Leonardo; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; MDA Systems Limited; National Maritime Information Centre; National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office; NATO MARCOM; NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; NATO STO-CMRE - Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; Ocean 4Future; Ocean Matrix Ltd; Optimare; Orbital Micro Systems; Portuguese Navy; Portuguese Navy Staff; Raytheon UK; Royal Danish Air Force; Royal Navy; Sirius Constellation; Spanish Ministry of Defence; UAE GHQ; US Embassy Rome; Windward; Zeusch Aviation BV;


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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.


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.


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.


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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