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SMEs at the Heart of Future Defence Innovation?

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The Government has recently reinforced its commitment to suppliers to the security and defence markets via the White Paper ‘National Security through Technology’.

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About the event

This half-day event will focus from the customer and supplier points of view on how SME involvement can be achieved and encouraged further, as well as providing a barometer on how this message is being received to date. 
A 2012 government White Paper, National Security Through Technology (Cmd 8278), restated our government's commitment to suppliers to the security and defence markets which, for the first time, are considered and addressed as a single market. In the paper, the importance of open procurement, preservation of technology advantage and reliance upon innovation by small to medium enterprises (SMEs) is stressed. Even prime or Tier 1 contractors are being pressed to involve more SMEs in their responses to the market. These businesses are precisely those typified by the Cambridge Wireless membership.

For our next Security & Defence SIG event we will be exploring, from both the customer and supplier points of view how this involvement can be achieved. We intend to gain the government viewpoint from both MOD and Home Office - Dstl, Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) and Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) - and the supplier viewpoint from small, medium and large businesses to see whether the message of the white paper is being delivered.
Confirmed speaker organisations include:
  • "The challenges and opportunities of policing in a data rich changing world" - Tim Godwin OBE QPM, Defence and Public Safety, Accenture
  • "Man Worn Power and Data – An SME led project for the MOD" - John Frankham, Technical Lead, Cosworth
  • "An SME Perspective on Engaging in Innovation for Defence Markets" - Henk Koopmans, CMO, Plextek
  • "Effective Communications to the Tactical Edge" - Scott Scheimreif, Executive Vice President of Government Programmes, Iridium
  • "Security and Policing – a Home Office Science Perspective" - Chris Rampton, Capability Adviser Surveillance, CAST, Home Office 
  • "Opportunities for Innovative Research in Defence" - Jonathan Byrne, Head of CDE, Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) 
  • "Open Forum" Additional Panellist, Anthony Dyhouse, ICT KTN

This half day event will also be addressed by an experienced retired senior security official. This concise event will provide an invaluable insight into this emerging field and provide a well-rounded view of how businesses are responding to this challenge.

Join us for this FREE Cambridge Wireless and ICT KTN event. To be able to attend this event for free you'll automatically be registered as an ICT KTN member. Please note membership of ICT KTN is free.

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Registration over Networking Lunch


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Security & Defence SIG by SIG Champion Nicholas Hill, Plextek


Welcome from our Sponsor, Andy Bush, Director of Business Development, Accenture


Welcome from our Partner, Anthony Dyhouse, Director of the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network, ICT KTN


The Challenges and Opportunities of Policing in a Data Rich Changing World; Tim Godwin OBE QPM, Defence and Public Safety, Accenture

Tim will be talking about how the police services are responding to the changes in society, the explosion of social media, the pace of advancing technology and the subsequent rise in citizen expectation.




Man Worn Power and Data – An SME Led Project for the MOD; John Frankham, Technical Lead, Cosworth

At the end of 2011, Cosworth decided to try their hand at bidding as prime contractor for a Technology Demonstrator project for the Integrated Soldier Systems Executive (ISSE). Much to our amazement, we were awarded one of two contracts – the other going to one of the country’s leading defence primes. During this talk, I will tell the story of this project, what led us to bid for the work, our experiences in executing it, and how we have fared since the project completion in October 2012.




An SME Perspective on Engaging in Innovation for Defence Markets? Henk Koopmans, CMO, Plextek

It has been well-documented that a large majority of small companies never obtain more than twenty employees at any time, a factor largely due to limited market access. After years of stimulating the ‘push model’, whereby government schemes provided direct support to SMEs, new challenge-led schemes were introduced in order to create ‘market pull’. Henk Koopmans, CMO of Plextek will discuss whether these types of scheme are really working within the defence and security sectors and how they can be improved. Henk will reveal an alternative approach that SMEs can consider when generating a business in these markets, and the role that associations such as Cambridge Wireless can play to help SMEs.




Effective Communications to the Tactical Edge; Scott Scheimreif, Executive Vice President of Government Programs, Iridium

Warfighters at the tactical edge have often been described as the “tip of the spear” and frequently find themselves separated from the greater Global Information Grid due to the inherent challenges of critical bi-directional information flow to the edge. Thus, the digital divide has caused an even greater gap between the Operational Warfighter and the Tactical Warfighter due to the limited shared awareness and collaboration possible at the tactical level. The Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS), leveraging the Iridium low-earth-orbiting satellite constellation, provides satellite-based on-the-move, over-the-horizon, beyond line-of-sight tactical push-to-talk (PTT) voice and command and control (C2) capability to warfighters. DTCS enables C2 among mounted and dismounted tactical operations in all terrain and with global access, without the need for ground infrastructure. DTCS was designed to bridge the “communications divide” for the tactical warfighter.




Coffee/Tea & Networking


Security and Policing – a Home Office; Chris Rampton, Capability Adviser Surveillance, CAST, Home Office Science Perspective;

Chris will cover the role of the Home Office Centre for Science and Technology and how they support UK law enforcement and wider Home Office interests. In particular Chris will describe how they identify areas where technology can make a difference and work with academia and industry to develop effective solutions.




Opportunities for Innovative Research in Defence; Jonathan Byrne, Head of Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE)

The Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) targets opportunity and support at SMEs, academia and other potential suppliers, particularly those new to Defence. CDE provides proof-of-concept research funding for novel ideas that have a potential defence or security application.




Open Forum with all speakers, additional panellist Anthony Dyhouse, Director of the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network, ICT KTN & audience chaired by SIG Champion Nicholas Hill, Plextek


Fill in Evaluation Forms and Closing of the Event by Nicholas Hill, Plextek


Tim Godwin OBE QPM - Accenture

Henk Koopmans - CEO, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Educated in the Netherlands Henk’s career has been closely entwined with the development of new technologies for cordless communication, cellular networks and digital TV.

Henk joined Huawei leading the team at Neul whose technology became the basis for the new 3GPP NB-IoT standard, and who successfully developed the world’s first NB-IoT SoC, now deployed in devices for the 30+ NB-IoT networks in more than 20 countries.

In 2017 Henk took responsibility for all of Huawei’s R&D activities in the UK, including design centres in Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Ipswich and London and additional collaborations with universities and business partners across the country.

Prior to joining Huawei Henk has been chief marketing officer at Plextek and sales & marketing director at Symbionics, where he was responsible for standardisation, business promotion and sales, playing a leading role in the growth of the company and its eventual sale to Cadence.

Henk’s relationship with CW started when he was head of strategic investment at EEDA, responsible for seed funding the Discovering Startups competition, developing open innovation science parks with BT, GSK and Unilever as well as co-funding 14 innovation and incubation centres including the Hauser Forum and the Gnome Centre at Norwich Research Park. Henk remains a director of Hethel Innovation, a highly successful incubation and innovation specialist.

Chris Rampton - Head of Security Innovation & Demonstration Centre, Home Office

Scott Scheimreif - Iridium

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Director, Business Transformation, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Tim Phipps - Programme Manager, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. Tim works to develop communications on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular chipsets and software. His experience includes working as an engineer, programme manager, and product manager.

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Accenture Offices, 20 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7AN

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