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SMi Group are proud to host the sixth annual Future Soldier Technology conference in London on the 10th and 11th of March 2020, with a pre-conference, Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Focus Day on 9th March 2020 – exploring how new technologies within mobile deployable communications, ISTAR, battlespace management, Command & Control networks, and innovative immersive technologies and displays are assisting the warfighter.


Future soldier programmes are as essential as ever to ensuring that soldiers are able to effectively operate in difficult terrain and hostile environments. As industry surges forward with their technological capabilities, it is crucial to understand the priorities of armed forces programme managers.


As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2020 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world. It will explore the key categories in development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with soldier modernisation programmes from: IdZ-ES, FELIN, ISSP, Land 125, Sistemas de Combate do Soldado, and more.
 

Hear the very latest developments from Future Soldier Programme Managers related to:


• Ballistic protection
• Soldier lethality
• C4i systems, battlespace management, and situational awareness
• Night vision and optics
• Winter warfare capabilities
• Soldier system power solutions
• Battlefield robotics and autonomous systems
• Immersive technology and augmented reality


As well as updates from a variety of national programmes including:


• UK
• USA
• France
• Australia
• Germany
• Canada
• Sweden
• Norway
• Portugal


At this year’s conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:


• Meet and network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that make up the attendees and exhibitors at this year's conference
• More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days
• Industry hosted evening networking drinks reception
 

Past attendees have included:

3M Scott Safety; 3M Svenska AB; 3M Uk Holdings Plc; Amphenol Ltd; Australian Army; BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd; BAE Systems Ltd; BDA Technology; Belgian Special Forces; Black Diamond Advanced Technology; BlackBox Biometrics Inc; Brazilian Army Attache Office; Bren-Tronics Inc; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army Headquarters; British Army HQ; Collins Aerospace; Croft Consultants (South West) Ltd; Dataminr; DE&S; DE&S - MoD; DE&S STSP; Defence Forces IRL; Defence Science & Technology Agency; Department of National Defence Canada; Department of National Defence, Canada; DSTL; DSTL Porton Down; Equipment Capability Wing; EST (DSO); Finnish Defence Forces; Fischer Connectors Ltd; Fischer Connectors SA ; FN Herstal; FN Herstal S.A.; FNH UK; Fraunhofer IOSB; French Army; French Ministry of Defence; German Army; GETAC UK Ltd; Glenair, Inc; GMRE Inc; Harris; Harris Corporation; Harris Systems Ltd; Hirtenberger Defence Europe Gmbh; IDF; Intercomms Publications; Jane's Information Group; Marlborough Communications Ltd; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence (ISS); Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support; MOD; MOD BATCIS Delivery Team; Natek Power Systems AB; NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); NCSIST , Taiwan; NCSIST, TAIWAN; Nexter Group; NFM; Norwegian Armed Forces; Norwegian Defence Material Agency Material Investments; Norwegian Defence Material Agency/ General Material Division; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; ODU Scandinavia; Omnetics Connector Corporation; Pakistan High Commission; Persistent Systems LLC; Portuguese Army; Precision Technic Defence Limited; Qioptiq ; Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; Reski OY; Revision Military; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rheinmetall Defence UK; Riscure B.V.; Saab; SAAB Technology; Safran Electronics & Defense; Saint-Cyr Military Academy Research Center; Sea Ltd; Secubit Ltd; Secure Communication & Information System (SIX); Steatite; SurCom International; Teleplan Globe AS; Thales; Thales Group; Thales Research & Technology; THALES SIX/FRANCE; Thales UK; The Defence Forces; The Yorkshire Gunners; Theon Sensors; TNO; TNO Defence, Security and Saftey; TT Electronics Plc; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics ; US Army; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center; Viasat Inc; ViaSat, Inc.; Y.D.S Goliath Footwear Ltd; Yakupoglu Tekstil Deri San Tic AS (YDS);

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 Research and Development into Dismounted Situational Awareness

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle, SO1 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army

  • Methods and approach to developing DSA technology for the dismounted soldier
  • The development of DSA, for a soldier system, within LE Tac CIS
  • Wider situational awareness and Combat identification for the general user
  • 9:30 The French Army’s Approach to Driving Soldier Lethality and C4I for Superior Target Acquisition and Situational Awareness

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas, Director Capability Development, French Army

  • The operational vision for French forces of dismounted situational awareness
  • Integrating soldiers with autonomous systems to provide multi-domain situational awareness
  • Dismounted soldier systems considerations for mission specific adaptability
  • 10:00 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Adopting Integrated Soldier Systems for Superior Battlespace Connectivity

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Wallner

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

  • Dismounted – Mounted C4I: Integrating soldiers with platform architecture
  • Generating common C4I architecture with combat platforms
  • Discussing the German Army’s approach to adopting more advanced digital personal equipment
  • 11:30 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Exploiting Unmanned Systems for Dismounted Situational Awareness

    Mr Gene Klager

    Mr Gene Klager, Director, Ground Combat Systems Division, C5ISR NVESD, US Army

  • Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy: Networking Autonomous systems with dismounted soldiers
  • Discussing behaviour recognition software and applications for dismounted operations
  • Supervision vs automation as a method of intelligence gathering
  • Augmenting reality to enable heightened situational awareness
  • Manned-Unmanned considerations for complex operations
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Maximising Soldier Capabilities Within Short Timeframes by Leveraging COTS Solutions

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme, Head of the Implementation Team Land Simulations, Land Component, Operational Command, Ministry of Defence, Belgium

  • Discussing the problems with adopting an integrated solution for soldier systems
  • Building cost effective and timely solutions for dismounted operations
  • Pragmatic solutions for data networking
  • Analysing the challenges for interoperability, scalability and security with COTS solutions for soldier systems
  • 14:00 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Working with Industry to Deliver Enhanced Soldier Sensors and Future Battlespace Management Systems

    Major Ricardo Jorge Parcelas Araujo e Silva

    Major Ricardo Jorge Parcelas Araujo e Silva, Capabilities Department, Portuguese Army

  • Discussing the problems with adopting an integrated solution for soldier systems
  • Building cost effective and timely solutions for dismounted operations
  • Pragmatic solutions for data networking
  • Analysing the challenges for interoperability, scalability and security with COTS solutions for soldier systems
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Canada's Cyclical Approach to Developing the Integrated Soldier System

    Captain Matthew Isenor

    Captain Matthew Isenor, Project Director - Integrated Soldier System , Canadian Army

  • Due to the project’s technical nature and expected lifecycle, a cyclical evolution of the project was established in order to be able to leverage advances in technology when they were/are available
  • Cycle one consisted of a basic platform and capability including a period of feedback from the field force upon initial operating capacity
  • Cycle two consists of efforts to integrate other sensors and technology as well as bridge to the Canadian Army’s secret level Land Command Support System (radio net)
  • Cycle three will consist of further hardware and software upgrades as well as integration of additional sensors and equipment
  • 16:00 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    16:30 Research and Development of Networked, Mobile Dismounted Soldier Systems for the Norwegian Armed Forces

    Mr Lars  Erik Olsen

    Mr Lars Erik Olsen, Principal Scientist Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Norweian MoD

  • Research into manned unmanned networking and unique considerations for ground system mobility
  • Discussing the evolution and roadmap for Norwegian Soldier C4I
  • Moving toward a whole of force data and communication network
  • Leveraging 3D Audio detection for dismounted threat detection
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

    9:00 An Overview of British Dismounted Infantry Technology Acquisition for Supporting Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Mr Nick Taylor

    Mr Nick Taylor, Soldier Training and Special Programmes Team Leader, UK MoD

    Driving capability acquisition in the key areas: Lethality, Mobility, Protection, C4I and Power
    Optimising ever increasingly complex and power intensive soldier systems
    Leveraging advances in unmanned teaming to improve dismounted awarenss

    9:40 The Infantry Trials and Development Unit

    Lieutnenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Lieutnenant Colonel Neil Locke, Commanding Officer Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

  • Unit Overview
  • Transformation: Sighting systems, Unmanned Ground Vehicles, UAS integration into the force
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT)
  • AWE 19
  • TommyWorks
  • Conclusion
  • 10:20 Speaking Session Reserved for Black Diamond Advanced Technology

    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rick Stone, Vice President of Strategic Planning, GMRE Inc

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 SISCAP – The new model for the SP Combatant

    Colonel Moises Serrano  Martinez

    Colonel Moises Serrano Martinez, Future Combat Soldier Program Technical Director , MoD of Spain

  • Background
  • Description: main subsystems
  • Development process. Current state
  • Field Tests and way ahead
  • 12:10 Star Pan Mission Success

    Mr Andy Murdoch

    Mr Andy Murdoch, Global Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair, Inc

  • Scalable Network Solutions
  • Smart Power Management
  • How the Mission Manager solves many issues today
  • 12:50 Future Soldier Systems in combination with Unmanned Ground Vehicle

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Wallner

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

  • Configuration IdZ-ES VJTF 2023
  • Operational Use Cases UGV
  • Requirements UGV
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Dismounted Soldier System Finland - Building Night Combat Capability

    Major Jari Tiilikka

    Major Jari Tiilikka, Program Manager Dismounted Soldier System, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Concept of Finnish Dismounted Soldier System
  • Building Night combat capability through an integrated systems approach
  • Supplementing night fighting technology with C4I capability
  • Enabling capability with advanced power solutions
  • 15:10 Sponsor Session Reserved for Ultra Electronics

    Richard Waldrom

    Richard Waldrom, Capture Manager, Soldier Systems, Ultra Electronics

    15:50 Enhancing the Dismounted Soldier Capabilities for the Swiss Special Forces Command

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Major Marco Dâmaso, System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces

  • Overview actual capabilities
  • Relevant current acquisition projects
  • Emerging technologies/ capabilities
  • Where we want to go
  • 16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Power Sources and Management for the Dismounted Soldier

    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, Senior Technical Lead Power, DSTL UK MoD

  • Trends in dismounted power sources
  • Challenges
  • Standardisation opportunities: UK, NATO, others
  • 17:40 Developing Soldier Tactical Power Systems to Enhance Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Mr José Collazo-Castillo

    Mr José Collazo-Castillo, Assistant Program Manager, Soldier Tactical Power PEO Soldier, US Army

  • Research, development, and packaging high density power cells into the Conformal Wearable Battery (CWB)
  • Developing software modelling & simulation tools for energy use, storage, harvesting, and sharing of the Dismounted Warfighter
  • Benefits of a centralized power source that leverages a power and data hub
  • Developing solutions for recharging in austere environments
  • 18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

    18:30 Evening Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor BDA Technology

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

    9:00 Discussing the Role of Technology in Generating and Supplementing Soldier Capability in Dismounted Operations

    Brigadier Matt Jackson

    Brigadier Matt Jackson, Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines

  • The unique requirements of the Royal Marine Commandos soldier equipment
  • Discussing reliance on technology for soldier situational awareness
  • Operating in austere environments on dismounted operations
  • Bridging the gap between soldier skills and soldier systems
     
  • 9:40 Ensuring Soldier Sustainability in Subarctic Theatres

    Lieutenant Colonel Morgan Gustafsson

    Lieutenant Colonel Morgan Gustafsson, Head of Swedish Armed Forces Subarctic Warfare Center, Swedish Armed Forces

  • The limits of technology in extreme conditions
  • Sustaining manoeuvre capability in subarctic theatres
  • Low technology solutions for modern theatre capabilities
  • The way forward for technology in cold-weather conditions
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Optimizing Austrian Dismounted Soldier System – Soldier 2022 and Future Soldier

    Colonel Johanes Bogner

    Colonel Johanes Bogner, Head of Project Team, Soldat der Zukunft, Austrian Army

  • System Architecture
  • Integration vs. Modularity – Interoperability
  • PPE and Radio Systems Adoption and Integration
  • Trialling and Testing Systems for Wider Deployment
  • 11:30 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 Meeting High Priority Requirements for Soldier Equipment to Deliver Rapid Force Adaptability

    Mr Steven A. Sliwa

    Mr Steven A. Sliwa, Deputy Director, Rapid Equipping Force

  • Leveraging innovation from industry to improve soldier capabilities
  • Adapting to rapid requirements with agile collaborative efforts
  • Managing rapid integration with expeditionary laboratories and fabrication facilities
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Disproving Legacy Beliefs, and Improvements in Combat Protective Equipment

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Russell, Principal Scientist Platform Systems, DSTL UK MoD

  • Research and development in protective equipment for dismounted soldiers
  • Providing solider mobility with increased survivability
  • Discussing improvements in soldier survivability systems
     
  • 14:30 Considerations for Soldier Concealment with Enhanced C2 Equipment

    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Dr Max Winkelmann, Scientist Signatronics, Fraunhofer IOSB

  • Discussing the effects of enhanced systems on detectability of dismounted soldiers
  • Addressing the problematic exposure that these systems create
  • Leveraging dismounted systems for concealment capability
  • Creating novel solutions for camouflage
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The Effects of Equipment Mass, Bulk and Stiffness on LEAP Operational Performance

    Dr Milene Catoire

    Dr Milene Catoire, Exercise physiologist, TNO

    LEAP facility vision, development and roadmap to the testing facility
    Examining human factors for soldier mobility
    Developing systems for complex equipment management including C4I and advanced protection

    16:20 Enhancing the Lethality of Dismounted Soldiers in the Swiss Armed Forces

    Dr Nicolas  Mueller

    Dr Nicolas Mueller, Director Weapon Systems, Armasuisse, DDPS Switzerland

  • Future Challenges on the Battlefield
  • Weapons projects in Switzerland
  • Ammunition projects in Switzerland
  • Outlook
     
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three

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    Focus Days

    Future Soldier Technology Situational Awareness Focus Day 2020
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    Future Soldier Technology Situational Awareness Focus Day 2020

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    9th March 2020
    London, United Kingdom

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    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    PAST PRESENTATION 2019 CONFERENCE - NORWEGIAN DEFENCE MATERIAL AGENCY

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    3M

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.3m.com

    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment. 3M™ PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 60 years of experience, the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.


    L3Harris

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.l3harris.com/

    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue, 50,000 employees and customers in 130 countries


    Marlborough Communications Ltd

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.marlboroughcomms.com/

    MCL is a leading supplier of advanced electronic communications, information systems and signals intelligence technology to the defence and security sectors. Utilising an unparalleled and ever-expanding international network of specialist technology providers, combined with its own bespoke design, engineering and integration skills, to deliver and support a diverse portfolio of C4IS and ISTAR capabilities that transform its customers’ ability to deliver effective operations.

    MCL specialist C4IS portfolio includes hearing protection, communication headsets and radio communication devices. Within this domain MCL hold contracts across UK MOD including Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Special Forces. MCL has a longstanding partnership with INVISIO from Denmark to supply and support these contracts.

    INVISIO is a global market leader within advanced communication and hearing protection systems. The company develops and sells advanced systems that enable professionals in noisy and mission critical environments to communicate and work effectively, while protecting their hearing.

    INVISIO's systems give operational advantages and increased security for military and security personnel. They also contribute to reducing the costs of hearing loss for individuals and society. Product development is based on a good understanding of the users' work environment and specific needs. By combining different technologies and skills in acoustics, electronics, mechanics and hearing, INVISIO creates innovative and customized solutions that replace traditional methods.



    Ultra Electronics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.ultra-pcs.com

    The need for improving how we fit technology and increase capability, such as situational awareness, onto the soldier is well understood. UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of future dismounted situational awareness systems; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness and more efficient force application in a Combined, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational command (CJIIM). The benefits delivered by better situational awareness and more efficient power and data management contribute to reducing the cognitive and physical burden on the soldier. Finding a way to reduce these burdens while increasing operational effectiveness has been the driving force behind UltraLYNX By empowering the user to employ UltraLYNX as their role or mission demands, for the first time soldier technology can truly adapt to the users needs and evolve with the constant and rapidly changing situation on a modern battlefield. Designed from the ground up to deliver smart, open architecture, capable of providing users with a simple plug and play function of a range of common bearer and end user devices, while also providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support future systems growth and development; UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems and delivers a truly integrated, scalable and open solution to meet current and future close combat challenges head on Ultra Electronics Precision Control Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ultra Electronics PLC, a FTSE 250 company which specialises in the areas of defence, security, transport and energy with a track record stretching back over 40 years. The group comprises over 24 specialist businesses with 4,000 employees. Sales in 2015 totaling over one billion US dollars. The company has expertise in high-integrity sensing, control, communication and display systems. Ultra Electronics takes pride in being engineering focused and undertakes significant investment in technology and innovation. Ultra’s principal areas of land based defence expertise are: • Soldier Systems • Power Management Equipment & Systems • Rugged Processing & Ethernet Solutions • Local Situational Awareness Systems • Human Machine Interfaces

    Media Partners


    Wojsko i Technika

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://zbiam.pl/nasze-wydawnictwa/wojsko-i-technika/

    This is a professionally edited magazine which focuses on the most important problems of the Polish military, security and defence industry. Much attention is paid on the current political and military situation in the region, new models of armament and military equipment, weaponry exhibitions, current tenders and laid contracts.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.armedforces.co.uk

    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


    RF Globalnet

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.rfglobalnet.com

    The Pulse Of RF & Microwave Engineering, serving the needs of engineering professionals since 1996. We provide RF/microwave engineers with the tools they need to do their jobs, offering a vast technical library, a new products directory, the latest industry news, downloadable software, technology-specific Resource Centers, and more.


    Asian Military Review

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    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.


    Technologies.org

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://www.technologies.org

    Technologies.org is a collaborative research tool maintained and supported by team of market analysts to track, monitor and share vital information on the latest technology trends by following money trail of government grants and venture capital deals. Sharing market intelligence data helps all parties develop a more complete integrated picture of market and technology trends.


    Defence Today

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://defencetoday.com

    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


    Global Military Communications

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    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.


    Defense Conferences

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://marketanalysis.com

    Market Research Media Ltd, a leading market research firm, provides comprehensive market research reports and forecasts to assist governmental and corporate decision makers understand the dynamics of world’s technology markets. Fortune 500 companies, US Congress and EU government bodies rely on our strategic insights.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    Army Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.army-technology.com

    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    IHS Janes

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.janes.ihs.com

    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.


    Armada International

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    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.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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