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Providing secure, mobile and deployable tactical communications is imperative in achieving greater situational awareness and superior operational capabilities for the modern warfighter. SMi's 2nd annual conference will give you the opportunity learn the latest developments and capabilities and stay fully up-to-date.

With an exceptional line up of speakers you will have the opportunity to learn about the NATO approach towards interoperable mobile and deployable communications as well as a special EDA case study in the use of wireless tactical communication in an urban environment. Also share operational experiences and lessons learned with military counterparts from across Europe and the US.

Giving you the opportunity to Investigate the current technologies and capabilities, this is the event to attend in 2009. Share your experiences and ensure that your business is fully prepared to provide mobile and deployable communications.

  • Network with and learn from military speakers from across Europe and the US
  • Hear special NATO case studies on how fully interoperable mobile deployable communications are being achieved and how NATO is managing information security
  • Assess how communication capabilities can be enhanced in both the land and joint environments
  • Address the security challenges for mobile and deployable communications
  • Analyse country specific communication requirements
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and innovations and vist our busy exhibition hall outside the conference

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Vice Marshal (Ret'd) Grahame Jones

Air Vice Marshal (Ret'd) Grahame Jones, Secretary General, RAF Association


Major General Georges D'Hollander

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

  • Current challenges for mobility
  • NATO C3 strategy for deployable communication
  • Rethinking network design and connectivity
  • Strategy on how to enhance capabilities
  • Key role for industry enhancing potential

    Daniel Bambušek

    Daniel Bambušek, Chief of CIS Architecture Section, CIS Division, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Czech participation in current operations under NATO and other leading nations
  • Czech lessons learned from operations
  • Way ahead
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Achieving Deployable Communication in the Land Environment - the British Experience

    Brigadier Jake Thackray

    Brigadier Jake Thackray, Commander, 11th Signal Brigade, British Army

  • Overview of how NEC has enhanced British capabilities
  • Understanding current deployability and mobility issues
  • Learning from missions in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Today's information exchange requirements
  • 11:30 Towards Secure and Robust Tactical Wireless Networked Communication in the Urban Environment

    Grzegorz Minczakiewicz

    Grzegorz Minczakiewicz, Research and Technology Directorate, Technology Manager - CIS and Networks, European Defence Agency

  • EDA defence R&T Joint Investment Programme on Force Protection - principles and scope
  • Tactical wireless communications in an urban environment - capability challenges, R&T concerns
  • Wireless Robust Link for Urban Force Operations - from concept to application
  • Synergies and complementarities with other SDR-related security and defence projects in the EU
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch Sponsored by CISCO

    13:30 Achieving Ad Hoc Mobility Using Radio Aware Routing

    Dave Buster

    Dave Buster, Director, Product Marketing, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group

  • Networking problems encountered by mobile ad hoc networks
  • MANET (Mobile ad hoc networking) protocols
  • Using a new class of network-to-network (as opposed to peer-to-peer) models to provide network services to mobile devices
  • Current thinking coming from the COTS networking world
  • 14:10 The Changing Face of Deployable Command Information Systems

    Captain Tristan Pengelley RM

    Captain Tristan Pengelley RM, Platoon Instructor, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK

  • Voice
  • Data
  • Operational vs tactical CIS
  • Integration and interoperability
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Objective and Subjective Degrations of Transcoded Voice for Heterogeneous Radio Networks Interoperability

    Professor Jan Holub

    Professor Jan Holub, Associate Professor of Engineering, Czech Technical University Faculty of Electrical Engineering

    15:50 The Dutch Tactical Communications System Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force Network (TITAAN)

    Lieutenant Colonel Andre Poot

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

  • Status and directions of current key military communications projects
  • NEC and interoperability
  • Radio interfacing
  • Support public safety by TITAAN
  • Roadmap TITAAN 'next generation' and customer requirement trends
  • 16:30 MilSat Comms on the Move - Solutions for Airborne Platforms

    Dylan  Browne

    Dylan Browne, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Astrium Services

  • Astrium Services R&D work on Ka-band terminals
  • Issues with high speed UAV datalink deployment
  • A role for the PMS product as a Software Defined Radio CoTM solution
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:20 Post Conference Drinks Reception Sponsored by Astrium Services

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Vice Marshal (Ret'd) Grahame Jones

    Air Vice Marshal (Ret'd) Grahame Jones, Secretary General, RAF Association

    9:10 Protection of NATO Information and CIS

    Colonel Eiliv Ofigsbo

    Colonel Eiliv Ofigsbo, Branch Chief, Information Assurance, NATO HQC3S

  • NATO CIS overview
  • NATO information management policy
  • Information assurance for managing tactical communications
  • Cyber defence
  • 9:50 Operational Realities - Delivering ICS in a Multinational Environment - Lessons From Afghanistan

    Colonel Graham Norton

    Colonel Graham Norton, Assistant Chief of Staff G6, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

  • Overview of the technical and environmental challenges
  • Impact of multinationality and coalition operations on CIS provision
  • Information requirements in peace support operations
  • Realities of delivering interoperability
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Threats to Spectrum Security and the Impact on Mobile Deployable Communications

    Paige Atkins

    Paige Atkins, Director, Defence Spectrum Organization, Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA)

  • Defence spectrum environment
  • Global spectrum challenges - the 'threat'
  • Future implications and actions to take
  • 11:40 Highly Mobile SATCOM for Mulitnational Operations

    Gordon McMillan

    Gordon McMillan, Director, Government Services, Inmarsat

  • Secure and non-secure video surveillance
  • GPS-tagged imagery for situational awareness and target acquisition
  • Combat net radio reachback
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch Sponsored by Inmarsat

    13:50 Maximising Military Capability from Commercial SATCOM

    Simon Tudge

    Simon Tudge, Head of Inmarsat Distribution, Thales

  • Thales' portfolio in mobile communications and satcom
  • Case studies, solutions and integration
  • Logistics chain and mission planning extension
  • 14:30 Mobile Deployable Communication Requirements in Spain

    Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Vidal

    Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Vidal, Chief of MILSATCOM Cell, Communications Branch, CIS Division, Spanish Joint Staff

  • Current programmes in progress
  • Challenges and requirements
  • Some operational lessons learned
  • 15:10 Norwegian Experiences in Providing Deployable Communication Platforms in Operations

    Major Ivar Schioetz

    Major Ivar Schioetz, Branch Leader Operational Support, Norwegian Defence Communication and Information Services Division

  • Evaluation of Network Centric Forces
  • Fast changing requirements vs government procurement rules
  • Advantages of COTS solutions
  • Security issues
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference


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