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SMi is proud to announce the 14th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference, taking place online as a virtual event on 27th – 28th January 2021.
 

From the strategic level down to the tactical, efficient and clear communications are key to operational success. The fast pace of modern warfare requires agile, highly adaptable forces capable of rapid movement whilst maintaining a consistent communication and situational awareness capability. Interoperability is also becoming increasingly important to ensure seamless command and control within a multinational coalition, especially given the rising operational tempo across Europe.

Supported by the Portuguese Army, the Mobile Deployable Communications conference is designed to bring together leading program managers, strategic decision-makers, industry experts and thought leaders from Europe and further afield to explore the latest developments in communications technology. MDC is the only conference which focuses on CIS in the European operational environment through briefs from key regional partners and their international allies.
 

 

  • Supported by the Portuguese Army, the only conference addressing CIS in the European operational environment.
  • Hear updates and guidance from CIS program managers and communications experts
  • Learn about future requirements for equipment and procurement processes.
  • Meet and network with senior military leaders and industry during dedicated networking sessions across two days
  • Discover the latest communication technology to optimise battlefield command and control

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality

Advantech Wireless; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Airforce Inspectorate; Armament Inspectorate; Bundeswehr; CIS Division of CZE MOD; Command and Control Directorate, J6 ; Cyber Command, Estonian Defence Forces ; Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces ; DND; DTAQ Europe Office; Eid Empresa De Investigacao E Desenvolvimento Electronica S A; Embassy of Canada to Poland; EU Military Staff ; ex PL MOD; General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; General Dynamics UK; General Dynamics UK Limited; GISS Sp. z o.o.; Glenair; Glenair, Inc; Government of Canada; HARRIS ; iDirect Europe ; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Global Ltd; J-6 AFOC; Jane's Information Group; La Mairie de Bangaani; Military Communication Institute; Military Research and Analysis Group Ltd; Military University of Technology; Mitre Corporation; MOD KSA; MoD Saudi Arabia; National Allied Radio Frequency Agencies (NARFA); National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC); NATO Joint Warfare Centre; ND SatCom; NFIU POL, NATO Force Integration Unit Poland; NORSOCOM / J6; Norwegian Army; OCCAR; OCCAR/ESSOR PD; PCO S.A.; POL TACP CG; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Army; Romanian Defence Staff; Romanian Land Forces; Royal Netherlands Marine Corps; RUAG Holding AG ; RUAG Space; SAAB AB; Saab AB, Electronic Business Governance; SHAPE; Swedish Armed Forces; Synqor Inc; Teldat Sp. z o.o. sp.k.; Territorial Defence Forces Command; The Mitre Corp; The Mitre Corporation; UAE GHQ; Warsaw Garrison Command; WB Electronics;

Conference programme

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army

10:15 The Portuguese Approach to Mobile CIS

Brigadier General Bento Soares

Brigadier General Bento Soares, CIS Director, Portuguese Army

  • Capability management per the 2014 PRT DoD capability planning directive
  • C2S as an enabler: command post, mobile and low echelon use of Army C2
  • Robust and resilient tactical DCIS – maintaining FMN compliance for deployable forces
  • GRC-525 tactical communications radio – working with EID to deliver the SDR by 2023
  • 10:45 Hungarian Defence Forces Communication Strategy

  • Evaluation of the C4i structures and systems utilised by HDF and their effect in the field
  • Budget considerations for future CIS planning and procurement strategy
  • Developing interoperable architectures for coalition operations
  • The view moving forward – integrating CIS into all platforms
     
  • Brigadier General Laszio Sticz

    Brigadier General Laszio Sticz, Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei, Branch Chief, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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    11:15 Session Reserved for Inmarsat

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Mr Daan Ruhe, Global Government, Business Development Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Inmarsat

    11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Session Reserved for Glenair

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, Glenair

    12:45 Tactical Edge Networking Towards Digital Integration (Interoperability 2.0)

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Colonel Robert Miedema, Program Manager FOXTROT and NLD Program Lead TEN, Netherlands MoD
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  • An update on the DEU/NLD TEN Program
  • Towards product delivery and realizing benefits Spiral Zero (2023)
  • Amplifying interoperability through FMN Tactical Edge Syndicate

     

  • 13:15 Session Reserved for Blackned GmbH

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, Blackned GmbH

    13:45 Lunch Break

    14:30 Tactical Communications at the Last Mile

    Mr Peter Stracke

    Mr Peter Stracke, Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology - BAAINBw (Invited)

  • Updates on key projects: status of the Mobile Tactical Communications (MoTaKo) and Mobile Tactical Information Network (MoTIV)
  • Communications on the move utilising software defined radios for generic architectural approaches
  • Tactical Edge Networking (TEN) – a joint approach to digitising land-based operations
  • Development priorities and partnership opportunities moving forward

     

  • 15:00 Session Reserved for EDA

    15:30 Meet The Sponsors: Webinar Session

    16:00 Austria’s Tactical Communications Network Development

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier, Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
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  • Implementation of the Future Tactical Communications Network (FTCN)
  • Development of FTCN to 2028
  • Requirements because of upcoming Systems Warfare 
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army

    10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army

    10:15 New Zealand Defence Forces Mobile SATCOM Update

    Squadron Leader Rob Bexley

    Squadron Leader Rob Bexley, Capability Manager Aerospace C4, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

  • Geostrategic position within the southern hemisphere and APAC region
  • WGS integration: anchor station provision and MOU with partners
  • Force mixture and utilisation of COMSATCOM to provide persistent capability
  • Vision for a networked combat force for 2025 and how this supports an integrated defence force
  • 10:45 Supporting NATO Operations Through Deployed Communications

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis, Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
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  • An introduction to the work of NATO SHAPE and its role in supporting European forces
  • Where CIS can support coalition operations and utilising ad hoc networks for rapid response
  • How FMN is enabling interoperability and standardising CIS for partner nations
  • Concluding comments and thoughts on future requirements

     

     

  • 11:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Developing EU Common Security Through Tactical Communications

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski, Director, CIS, European External Action Service \ EU Military Staff

  • The EU’s global strategy and shared vision for a stronger Europe – where shared C4i can support European operations
  • European defence fund, investing together and co-financing development projects
  • Current CIS projects including FMN compliance and EU communication modernisation
  • EU Mission Networks and EU OPS WEAN – scope for CIS in the information domain
  • CIS objectives: C2 for CSDP, C2IS for MPCC and CIS interoperability with EU member states and partners
  • 12:45 Future Command and Control (C2) – A Vision for the Future and Tactical Network Development

    Mr Scott Lee

    Mr Scott Lee, Cross Cutting Priority Lead for JADC2, MITRE
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  • An introduction to Future C2 and support for Multinational All Domain Operations
  • Establishing Shared, Contextual Domain Situational Awareness, Visualization, and Understanding
  • Employment of Machine-Enabled Decision-Making
  • Resilient Network Development to enable Multinational All Domain Operations
  • Concluding thoughts and view on Future C2 Vision, Concepts, and Architecture


     

  • 13:15 Lunch Break

    14:00 Meeting Tactical C4i Requirements for the Warfighter

    Colonel Yannick Lemieux

    Colonel Yannick Lemieux, Director Land Communication and G6, Canadian Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)
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  • An introduction to the tactical radio operations for the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Key considerations for operating above the 65th parallel
  • Working with allied partners to ensure interoperability and support coalition operations
  • Maintaining resilience in C4i systems and size, weight and power considerations
     
  • 14:30 Federated Mission Networking – Share and Win

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE

  • Introduction to FMN – the need to federate as a means to achieve a connected force that can deliver further with its resources
  • FMN framework – providing plans, templates and enterprise architectures needed to deliver alliance support in multinational operations
  • Key components for GMN – standardised procedures, capability roles and reference architectures
  • Enabling framework for the FMN and common actions and activities pre mission

     

  • 15:00 Afternoon Break

    15:30 CIS Requirements for the Airborne Warfighter

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann, Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne)

  • An introduction to Joint Communications Support Element and its role in supporting operations
  • Building interoperability with partner forces and developing share capability
  • Unique requirements for the Airborne Warfighter
  • Final concluding comments on where JCSE intends to develop moving forward
     
  • 16:00 The Challenge of Electromagnetic Disruption

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting

  • Context - A2/AD, C4ISR, Network Centric, Cyber
  • Specific EW Challenges
  • Dealing with the Threat
  • Disruptive Technologies ahead
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Laszio Sticz

    Brigadier General Laszio Sticz

    Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Program Manager FOXTROT and NLD Program Lead TEN, Netherlands MoD
    Colonel Yannick Lemieux

    Colonel Yannick Lemieux

    Director Land Communication and G6, Canadian Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    Attila Szabo

    Senior Staff Officer, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Attila Szabo

    Brigadier General Bento Soares

    CIS Director, Portuguese Army
    Brigadier General Bento Soares

    Brigadier General Laszio Sticz

    Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Brigadier General Laszio Sticz

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis was born on November 19th 1966 on the island of KOS, one of the larger among the Dodecanese. He joined the Hellenic Military Academy in 1984, and was commissioned as Signals Second Lieutenant in 1988. During his military career, BGen Arapis has attended and graduated from various courses of the Hellenic Army Signals & Electronic Warfare School, and has been assigned to all available Staff and Command posts in Signals Units, including three unit-level Commanding Officer posts. From 2000 to 2002, he attended the CIS advanced course that runs in collaboration with the Informatics and Telecommunications Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). After graduating the Supreme Joint War College (SJWC) in 2005 at Thessaloniki, Greece, he received a number of staff appointments, such as G2 in Brigade level and as Intelligence Staff Officer in ISAF HQ (Kabul/Afghanistan) in 2007. He spent the next three years (2008-2010) to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS), the sole Strategic-level HQ of the Hellenic Armed Forces, as a Defence Policy Directorate Staff Officer, being the custodian for OSCE issues and CFE inspections, a post that proved to be an extensive source of information and indeed a knowledge hub for various strategic, operational and diplomatic issues. Between 2011 and 2015, BGen Arapis had the opportunity to receive 2 Operational-level NATO HQ assignments; initially (LtCol) as an Intelligence Staff Officer at ALLIED FORCE COMMAND HQ MADRID, Spain, and subsequently (Col) as Director of Management in LANDCOM Izmir. In parallel, he attended the Hellenic National Defence College (via e-Iearning), thus deepening and enhancing his awareness in military diplomacy and strategic studies. Upon his return to Greece in 2016, he served as Chief of the Exploitation Department of the Intelligence Analysis Directorate at the HNDGS. During this tour, he acquired a Masters degree in Applied Strategy and International Security Studies from Plymouth University, and also graduated from the Terrorism and Security Studies course of the “George C. Marshall” European Center for Security Studies, keeping himself updated with the latest trends about the security environment and existing threats. After his promotion to Brigadier General on March 5th, 2019, he was assigned as ACOS J6 Cyberspace in SHAPE. His awards and decorations include all the medals-commemorations anticipated for an officer of his rank. BGen Pantelis Arapis is married to Maria Parisi, and they have a daughter.

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Director, CIS, European External Action Service \ EU Military Staff
    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne)
    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel TREIBLMAIER joined the army 1978. He has got commissioned to Lieutenant in 1982 as a signal officer and served as a coy commander, commander of officers and warrant officers selection courses, deputy commander headquater battailon, G6 of the key zone and territorial command of Lower Austrian. He is qualified as a NBC officer, battailon and brigade commander. He holds a masterdegree in Security and Defence, a masterdegree of Arts in Military Leadership and has a civilian education to an engineer of communications technology.
    Since 1998 he servers in different functions in MOD Austria. His promotion to the rank of Colonel was 2008. Since 2008 he is the Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare in the ICT-Planning Division.
    Colonel TREIBLMAIER is married to his wife Christa and they have three sons, Alexander, Bernd and Richard. He is living in a little village 120km west of Vienna.
     

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Chief, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Col János Pölöskei is the branch head of the HDFC Force Development Directorate, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, where he is leading his team in the field of preparation of procurements of land and air command and control systems and radar systems.
    He started his career in 1987 and graduated as an artillery officer from the military college in 1990. Before starting with procurement activities he spent several years in tactical level positions from platoon to brigade level. After a successful career in lower positions he became an operations planner at operational and strategic level, where he participated several NATO and national planning activities.
    Col Pölöskei went for mission to Kosovo in 2003 and 2017, and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 where he got valuable operational experiences.
    He currently is studying the second year in the Doctoral School of the National University of Public Service and researches the field of capability development.
    He enjoys spinracing, running and Pilates gymnastics in his free time. He likes testing Linux distributions for home use as well.
    He is married with Andrea and is a proud father of his sons, Dávid and Kristóf.
     

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Program Manager FOXTROT and NLD Program Lead TEN, Netherlands MoD
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Robert Miedema was born on the 20th of November 1965 in Zwijndrecht, a small town near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. After his college and military education he became an Army Signal Officer in 1991 and completed a wide variety of command and staff functions in the Netherlands and abroad.
    In 2007 he attended the Netherlands General Staff College and subsequently he was selected to study at the US Army Command & General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. After his graduation in 2008 he became chief plans at the Manoeuvre Training Centre and – after a promotion to lieutenant-colonel – chief operations and later on chief of staff of the Army Operational Support Command.
    Early 2013 he took over command of 101 Communications- and Information Systems Battalion. In this role he was responsible for the operational readiness and operations of this unit with deployments in the Netherlands, Ukraine, Mali, Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015 he was transferred to de defence staff to work on planning and procurement preparation in the field of C4I.
    In the summer of 2017 he is promoted to colonel and starts working at the policy directorate as a strategic advisor on IT dossiers in support of the Minister and State Secretary of Defence. Early 2018 he is selected program manager of one of the most challenging programs: FOXTROT. A program realizing IT solutions in the mobile domain of the armed forces in support of information driven operations. Mid 2018 he combines this role with being the Netherlands Program Lead in the binational program TEN (Tactical Edge Networking) to digitally integrate German and Netherlands land based forces.
    Colonel Miedema participated in four operational deployments. The missions in the former Yugoslavia (’92), Bosnia (’97), Iraq (’04) and Afghanistan (’10) are an important part of his career.
    He is married to Sanja and together they have two sons. A German Longhaired Pointer completes the family. They are currently living in the former ‘home base of Signals’ Ede. His leisure time is spend on reading, sports, projects around their 2nd home in Croatia and training his dog.

     

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Yannick Lemieux

    Director Land Communication and G6, Canadian Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Colonel Yannick Lemieux

    Colonel Yannick Lemieux was born in Joliette, Québec and joined the Canadian Forces in 1992.  He attended both the Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1997. 

    Colonel Lemieux was initially posted to 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, in Valcartier, Québec where he filled various command and staff positions.  He notably deployed to Bosnia in 2002, as the Signals Officer of the 2e R22eR BattleGroup.

    In April 2005, Colonel Lemieux joined the first contingent of UN peacekeepers sent to the Islamic Republic of the Sudan.  Following a posting the Secteur du Québec de la Force Terrestre in Montreal, he was promoted to the rank of major in 2006 and posted to ADM(IM).  He deployed again to Africa in 2008, this time with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    In September 2009, Colonel Lemieux attended the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, where he completed a Masters in Defence Studies. He took command of 1 CMBG HQ & Sigs Sqn in 2010 and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Commanding Officer of the Mission Termination Task Force HQ & Sigs Sqn in 2011.  For his role in this mission he received the Meritorious Service Medal.

    In 2012, Colonel Lemieux was posted to the Canadian embassy in Washington DC, serving at as the Communications and Electronics Attaché. On his return to Canada he took command of the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics on 25 June 2015.  He also served an additional year in Kingston, at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College as a Directing Staff. Colonel Lemieux was promoted to his current rank in 2018 and assigned to DLCSPM in Ottawa.

    In June 2019, Col Lemieux was appointed to the position of the Director Land Command Information (DLCI) and Army G6 within the Canadian Army headquarters as well as being selected as the Director Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

    In addition to his professional interests, Colonel Lemieux enjoys researching military history, foreign affairs and economics. He is married since 2012; they share many passions, such as travelling to far and exotic places, kayaking and hiking. Both are keen sailors and enjoy spending time on the water.   


     

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Global Government, Business Development Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Inmarsat
    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Mr Scott Lee

    Cross Cutting Priority Lead for JADC2, MITRE
    Mr Scott Lee

    Scott joined MITRE in March 2000 and supported various US Department of Defense initiatives spanning C2 systems design, enterprise architecture, and future force development. He recently was assigned as the Cross-Cutting Priority Lead for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) after finishing a tour as the manager of MITRE’s engineering and analytic support to USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, and USAREUR/USARAF. He is responsible for establishing a vision, concept, and enabling architecture for JADC2 across all of MITRE’s supported sponsors.
     

    Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    PRT Army CIS Directorate, Portugese Army
    Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Senior Representative

    Name To Be Confirmed, Glenair
    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative

    Name To Be Confirmed, Blackned GmbH
    Senior Representative

    Squadron Leader Rob Bexley

    Capability Manager Aerospace C4, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force
    Squadron Leader Rob Bexley

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    blackned

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://blackned.de/?lang=en

    blackned is a high-tech software manufacturer and specialist for mission-critical communication systems, based in Bavaria, Germany. Our product portfolio GuardStack offers command, control and communication solutions to bring services to the end-user at any time without delay and interruptions. GuardStack Software Suite addresses the most stringent communications and information sharing requirements armed forces are facing at the tactical edge. The solution efficiently and effectively manages the ever-changing communications conditions presented in harsh environments. The patented MeshFLOW mechanism guarantees service delivery at all times and enables real-time communication across all levels of a corresponding command and control hierarchy. Our Mission Critical Push-to-Talk over Cellular and Push-to-Video solutions follow the Anytime and Anywhere communication approach aligned to an always-on strategy. Therefore, GuardStack provides a secure middleware, connecting innovative and emerging broadband technologies such as 4G/5G with tactical radio communication technology such as long-range VHF and UHF. The platform-independent GuardStack Collaboration Client serves as the key to the connection, integration and use of legacy radios in a robust and path-independent IP communication solution and therefor guarantees a cost efficiency transition. As a result, we have developed into one of Europe's leaders in the design and operation of deployable and highly mobile tactical cellular networks.


    Glenair – Tactical Interconnect Hubs and Power Management Solutions

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    https://www.glenair.com

    Glenair is a global manufacturer of interconnect technology for high-reliability applications. Our lightweight/miniature connectors are used on a wide variety of platforms from fixed wing and rotor aircraft, to ground vehicles and every class of UAV. Glenair MouseBud interconnects are designed for direct incorporation into soldier vest personal area networks. Our Series 804 Mighty Mouse tactical soldier interconnects have become industry standards and are used on more JTAC and DACAS systems than all other miniaturized connector series combined. Glenair multiport STAR-PAN™ USB hub and power distribution systems are designed for maximum open-system compatibility incorporating Ethernet and USB data interfaces. GSA compliant USB 2.0. STAR-PAN™ is both Nett warrior and NATO compatible. The STAR-PAN™ System is capable of smart charging and power distribution utilizing the broad range of current in-service military batteries, as well as Direct Current (DC) power sources. Newly released STAR-PAN™ Mission-Manager adds on-the-fly device integration and hardware management to complex C4ISR systems. The STAR-PAN™ product line is an open architecture system and is compliant with the NATO standard.


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    Inmarsat, delivering communication certainty to government.

    Across air, land and sea, if you need global mobile communications that absolutely must work, Inmarsat is the only solution you can rely on. Offering world-leading, global network reliability, unmatched at 99.9%, our satellite service is built for mobility. We respond in real time to operational needs, delivering borderless flexibility and requiring no advanced planning for users to move seamlessly across the globe. Our solutions are built to fit and as we invest more than $600m in research and development every year to ensure we remain at the forefront of global satellite innovation.


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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.

    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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