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SMi Group's Future Soldier Technology, Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Focus Day will return to London on the 9th of March 2020.

As soldiers continue to be deployed across a variety diverse of theatres, modernising the warfighter’s remains a critical task for all militaries, Today, there is significant importance placed on considering the soldier as a system – integrating wireless communications, digital displays, and an ever-growing number of sensors to gather, disseminate, and exploit growing data sets to maintain information superiority and full-spectrum dominance.

In a contested battlefield, blue force tracking, spatial awareness, and effective communication between friendly units remain vitally important, whilst tracking enemy combatants across complex and degraded environments and protecting networks through robust cyber security continue to be key to guaranteeing mission success.

In order to achieve greater situational awareness, militaries continue to utilise new equipment and technologies, often at the cutting edge of scientific development – integrating micro-UAVs and robotic autonomous systems into the arsenals of dismounted troops to build an effective operating picture. Ensuring effective all-weather operations through night vision and thermal optics also remain critical for any modern defence force – as the landscapes of warfare continue to evolve.

This Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness focus day will provide the perfect setting for technical experts, military end users, and solution providers to share their latest developments within these spheres and build an understanding of how technologies and equipment are being deployed. With key updates from the British Army, Canadian ISSP Programme, and a special focus on Robotics and Autonomous Systems, this meeting remains to be an enlightening and lively forum for our esteemed panel
 

Focus Day programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

9:10 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
  • 9:50 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
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Flexible Intelligent Soldier Hubs

    Mr Ciaran McCloskey

    Mr Ciaran McCloskey, Product Manager, Thales UK

    The shared vision of future Digital Soldiers
    • The demands on a Soldier Power & Data hub to support this vision.
    • Why catering for Innovation demands Flexibility and “Intelligence” in Soldier Hubs

     

    11:40 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
  • 12:20 Next generation: Gladius 2.0 – the flexible system approach

    Mr Joerg Bille

    Mr Joerg Bille, Key Account Deutschland, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH

  • From Gladius to 2.0 - Lessons learned
  • Introduction to RME system architecture
  • 360° integration
  • Future developments
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Exploiting Unmanned Systems for Dismounted Situational Awareness

    Mr Clint Farrell

    Mr Clint Farrell, Mechanical Engineer, CCDC C5ISR CENTER - 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
  • 14:40 Command and Control Resilience at the Tactical Edge

    Mr Chris Wood

    Mr Chris Wood, Major Account Manager, L3Harris

    • Cognitive, physical and technical aspects of command and control.
    • Requirements and lessons identified from recent deployments.
    • Dismounted user integration challenges.

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 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
  • 16:30 Panel Discussion: Optimising Soldier Situational Awareness Through Advanced Technology: Where Do Defence Forces See Focus for The Next Generation Digital Soldier

    • What innovations and technologies are at the forefront of dismounted SA
    • Integrating the soldier into wider land-based architecture: challenges and opportunities
    • The rise of RAS and Autonomy as an enabler for soldier C4I
    • Accounting for Human factors and usability challenges when designing future soldier systems
     

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

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

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme

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

    Mr Clint Farrell

    Mr Clint Farrell, Mechanical Engineer, CCDC C5ISR CENTER - NVESD, US Army

    17:10 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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Director Capability Development, French Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    SO1 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army
    Mr Lars Erik Olsen

    Mr Lars Erik Olsen

    Principal Scientist Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Norweian MoD

    Captain Magnus Soyland

    UX-designer CIS Division , Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
    Captain Magnus Soyland

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Director Capability Development, French Army
    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Wallner

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Vandamme

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

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

    Mr Chris Wood

    Major Account Manager, L3Harris
    Mr Chris Wood

    Mr Ciaran McCloskey

    Product Manager, Thales UK
    Mr Ciaran McCloskey

    Mr Clint Farrell

    Mechanical Engineer, CCDC C5ISR CENTER - NVESD, US Army
    Mr Clint Farrell

    Mr Joerg Bille

    Key Account Deutschland, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH
    Mr Joerg Bille

    Mr Lars Erik Olsen

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

    Paul Clark

    Solution Engineering Manager, Soldier Systems , Thales UK
    Paul Clark

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Platinum Media Partners

    Supporting Media Partners

    VENUE

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    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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    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.


    Critical Solutions International – CSI

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.c-s-i.com

    From equipping the world’s most advanced militaries to training developing security forces, CSI’s tailored investment in developing customer capability enables the delivery of best-in-class clearance and counter-IED solutions to forces confronting an ever-evolving threat. CSI’s recent merger with Airboss Defense to form ADG, expands their reach as part of an umbrella survivability group able to provide military and tactical customers around the world with a growing and diverse portfolio of products that span the survivability spectrum.


    Domo Tactical Communications

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

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is a global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology and COFDM video transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range and penetration. DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges.

    High Data Rate (HDR) IP Mesh radios enable enhanced range, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations through the use of COFDM waveforms. Mobile Adhoc Network (MANET) Mesh radio solutions deliver ultra-low latency, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness in challenging real-world environments. The DTC Mesh provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET networking capability which can be relied on even in the toughest conditions.

    DTC’s portfolio of products interlink to form an integrated surveillance and communications network - offering secure, fast and reliable access to real-time video, audio, location-based information and evidential material.

    Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.



    Hippo Multipower

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://hippomultipower.com/

    Since 2016 Hippo Multipower has been developing the amphibious All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV). The ATSV has four key characteristics:

    • Payload. The vehicle can carry over 750 kg on the cargo deck in addition to 300 kg in the crew area. This is sufficient to support a dismounted rifle platoon for 72 hours, allowing soldiers to "fight light.” It is also capable of towing 2000 kg (eg a trailer of mortar ammunition). The ATSV can be rapidly reconfigured with different mission payloads eg platoon support vehicle carrying equipment and supplies, surveillance platform, weapons platform, command post, radio rebroadcast, casualty evacuation, engineer support.

    • Mobility. The ATSV has superb strategic, operational and tactical mobility. It can be deployed to the theatre of operations by fixed wing aircraft; internally carried by CH-47, underslung by utility helicopter or towed behind conventional vehicles. Amphibious, the ATSV has excellent terrain accessibility in jungles, swamps, mountains, mud and desert. A track kit can be fitted for deep snow.

    • Exportable power. An internal 5 kW generator and silent watch battery pack allows the ATSV to power all of a platoon’s equipment and recharge batteries, driving down the burden on both the soldier and the logistics chain. There is sufficient power for electronic counter measures, surveillance equipment, engineering tools, radio rebroadcast, etc. The ATSV can also export hydraulic power for engineer tools.

    • Optional robotics. The ATSV is drive by wire allowing it to be configured for robotic operation. The ATSV has been demonstrated to the British Army in both remote control and autonomous operation. Even when configured as an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), the ATSV retains the ability to be operated by a human drive; providing resilience in heavily contested electromagnetic environments or when emission controls limit the use of electronic devices.



    Kinected Solutions Ltd

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

    Kinected Solutions is a privately owned UK consultancy business providing cost effective business winning and technical assistance to select Defence Partners with specific expertise and support for Small Medium Enterprises looking to penetrate or expand their market share of the UK and European Defence Market. In-house subject matter expertise covers Communication, Soldier and Vehicle Systems with a collective 38 years of experience spanning the winning and delivery of full systems integration on platforms to integration and optimisation of component level technology on both individual and autonomous systems.

    Our Business Winning Services allow us to support our partners through the ‘enable’, ‘qualify and capture’ phases. Following mobilisation, we support the ‘delivery’ phase of any programme with specific training and technical support. Our Training Services provide high end tactical communication professional training packages for military and industry users across Europe. Always horizon scanning for the technologies that are truly innovative and game changing, we align ourselves to best in class vendors.

    One such technology partner is the US firm Kagwerks. At Future Soldier Technology 2020, Kinected Solutions is show casing a number of products suitable for UK & European dismounted soldier programmes, in particular the ability to ruggedise and package COTS end user devices for use in the most demanding of mission and environmental conditions. From bespoke 5 EYES solutions to commercially available rugged EUD cases, Kagwerks mantra is ‘operator focused, operator developed’. Providing cutting edge technology solutions designed to ease both the cognitive burden on the soldier, and through intuitive ergonomic design principles, to improve the efficiency and tempo of equipment operation. Kagwerks also provide weapon enhancements such as improved slide releases for a number of in-service weapon types and deliver specialist weapon training courses.

    We welcome engagement and discussion on our stand to view the portfolio.



    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.



    Quortus

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

    Quortus is a pioneering UK company changing the mobile communications world by using the best IT principles to create innovative mobile communication software that is easy to deploy, manage and scale. We have created a software defined core network technology platform and a suite of products spanning 3GPP VG, 3G and GSM standards, in addition to taking the lead with emerging technologies such as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), private 5G and cellular core network virtualisation. Quortus is headquartered in Camberley, UK, where all of our products are developed.


    Rheinmetall Defence

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/index.php

    Rheinmetall Defence is Europe’s foremost supplier of defence and security technology and a longstanding partner of the armed forces. Rheinmetall Defence products set the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines: from vehicle, force protection and weapon systems to infantry equipment and air defence, and from network-enabled warfare capabilities to electro-optics and simulation technology. As part of the Rheinmetall Group’s defence branch, Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) is a comprehensive supplier of tracked and wheeled military vehicles and turret solutions, capable of meeting the complete ground mobility needs of the world’s armed forces – all from a single source. The VSD portfolio ranges from main battle tanks to next-generation infantry fighting vehicles and from wheeled armoured multirole vehicles to state-of-the-art tactical and militarised trucks. VSD also offers vehicle solutions for security and law enforcement applications. Rounding out the portfolio is Rheinmetall’s expertise in turret systems, exemplified by products like the Lance turret and the turret structure for the UK’s new Ajax reconnaissance vehicle. VSD consists of Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH (RLS), Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH (RMV) and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV). The united competencies of the three Rheinmetall companies create a leading European systems supplier and the world’s most robust platform for tactical land mobility solutions. The Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is one of Rheinmetall’s latest core innovations. Highly survivable, adaptable to diverse environments, extremely agile, hard hitting, and with huge payload reserves, the Lynx KF41 is a next-generation combat vehicle designed to confront the challenges of the future battlefield like no other. The Lynx can be configured for various roles ranging from Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Command & Control to Armoured Reconnaissance, Repair and Recovery or Ambulance. Providing friendly forces with the best-possible protection - that is our mission. The Gladius soldier system combines a high degree of modularity and flexibility with the use of standard interfaces. The flexible system approach assures fast, economical retrofitting and reconfiguration in response to changing tactical requirements. This makes the Gladius soldier system a reliable, future-proof investment. By using the Gladius soldier system the infantry achieves a tremendous enhancement of their operational effectiveness in combat missions.


    Silvus Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://silvustechnologies.com/

    Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Silvus has demonstrated an aggressive product development cycle, with a focus on continually improving the size, weight, power, and cost–while simultaneously introducing next-generation features and capabilities. Silvus’ StreamCaster family of MIMO enabled mesh radio products are designed to address the growing demand for distributing video, voice and high-speed data in harsh tactical environments. StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO, join together to form a robust, self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network to provide high-speed, reliable wireless video and data connectivity. Today, Silvus continues to innovate, with an ever-growing line up of R&D contracts, COTS products, and happy customers. The experience gained through our early research efforts made possible the StreamCaster radios, and new concepts currently incubating in our R&D labs will pave the way for tomorrow’s product breakthroughs.


    Ultra

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

    Ultra specialise in providing application-engineered bespoke solutions. We focus on our customers’ mission critical and intelligent systems in the defence, security, critical detection & control markets.

    Our capabilities and technologies can be found on many of the world’s long-term military programmes. We employ over 4,500 employees across the globe and are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

    Ultra operates mainly as a Tier 3 (sub-system) and occasionally a Tier 2 systems provider, in the Maritime, C3 (Communications, Command and Control) and Cyber, military and commercial aerospace, nuclear and industrial sensors markets.

    We use both research and development, to provide innovative, mission specific bespoke technological solutions to our customer’s most complex problems.

    Ultra’s core markets are the “Five Eyes” nations; The USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. This gives us the largest addressable defence budgets in the world.


    Media Partners


    Soldier Modernisation

    Platinum Media Partners
    http://www.soldiermod.com

    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.

    Media Partners


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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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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    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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