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