With over 1,300 exhibitors, DSEi 2011, to be held at London’s ExCeL from 13-16 September, is a key event for the defence and security community. It provides a unique platform to view the latest equipment and systems from the world’s defence and security industry, such as BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Finmeccanica. DSEi gives visitors an opportunity to develop international relationships and generate new business opportunities.
Necessarily secretive in terms of what and who the conference and exhibition will feature, secure wireless communications issues are among the key topics of this year’s event. Top level speakers from the UK Ministry of Defence, foreign governments and key industry figures will share their thoughts on current challenges and future opportunities for the defence industry through a series of panel debates, keynote sessions and live demonstrations.
This year’s event will feature an unmanned theatre that will be situated at the centre of the robotics and unmanned display area. This unmanned theatre will cover a range of topics, from UAV system development to robosynthesis and pathway detection. The sessions in the theatre will be complemented by live demonstrations of the latest unmanned technology in the Unmanned Display area.
The 2009 event attracted some 25,170 attendees from 98 countries and featured 70 official delegations from 49 countries.
SME 2011 (Service Management Exposition), which will take place on 20-21 September at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, brings together suppliers, buyers, solutions and educational opportunities for the field service market. For over 26 years professionals across service, facilities, logistics, fleet, IT and operations have attended the event, which covers five core areas: service management software and systems; mobile communications and hardware; workforce optimisation and scheduling tracking; GPS and fleet management; and logistics and distribution.
With attendance from 100 exhibitors, the event showcases products and services, practical demonstrations and bite-sized education sessions on the latest technologies on the show floor.
In addition, The SME 2011 Conference, which takes place alongside the exhibition, will share business success, practical tips and knowhow from industry experts. Conference highlights include a presentation on field force automation from Paul Cleaver of BT Field Force Automation.
Cleaver will share a practical approach to realising the benefits of implementing field force automation. Jorge Favita, head of field force development and optimisation at Portugal Telecom, will detail the telecoms company’s deployment of enterprise mobility and field service management solutions to thousands of field technicians.
Bobby Chopra of Auto Windscreens will also explore the customer-facing aspects of field force mobility in a presentation entitled ‘Raising the Bar in Customer Service Delivery Through a Networked Workforce’. Chopra will detail the impact of real-time communications between customers and his company’s mobile workforce.
The Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011
The Emergency Services Show and Conference takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 23-24 November 2011. It focuses on emergency planning, response and recovery in the UK and abroad. A key theme this year is demonstrating how organisations can do more with less funds.
Last year the show featured over 380 exhibitors and was attended by approximately 4,000 visitors.
Among the companies offering wireless communication solutions for public safety and emergency recovery this year are South Midland Communications, Radio Telecom Services, BAPCO, MiX Telematics, All Batteries, Excelerate, Terrafix and many others.
Products and services on display include: personal protective equipment; first response equipment; station equipment, vehicles and vehicle equipment; medical equipment; business continuity and outsourcing. Many exhibitors will also be carrying out live demonstrations.
PMR Summit 2011
The PMR Summit, which willl be held at the Melia Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona from 19-21 September 2011, is designed specifically for representatives from commercial enterprises, emergency response organisations, defence and civil contingency agencies, national and dedicated operators, government agencies, developers and manufacturers. The conference will address the questions and needs of all Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) users with specific focus on technologies including TETRA, DMR and dPMR, as well as mobile broadband solutions.
The conference will address: What are the most cost-effective solutions and models for business-critical communications? What are the new challenges faced by mission critical communication users? How are solutions evolving to meet these challenges? What new applications are available to users and how can you exploit them? How can the broadband requirements of PMR users be most effectively addressed – evaluating mobile broadband including LTE and WiMAX? And what are the implications of limited available spectrum?
The event will be chaired by Phil Godfrey, chairman of the TETRA Association, and will feature presentations from top level speakers. On the first day, David King, chairman of the Commercial Advisory Group of BAPCO, will talk about what the future holds for Civil Contingencies Radio in the UK.
Phil Kidner, CEO of the TETRA Association, will explore the current status and future developments of TETRA. Kidner’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion exploring which is the right digital PMR solution for you. The panel will be composed of: Stéphane Eloy, strategic marketing manager of Cassidian Systems; Hannu Aronsson, chairman of the applications working group, technical forum of the TETRA Association; Adrian Grilli, MD of Joint Radio Company; Jean-Claude Maruéjouls, export manager of Detracom; and Massimo Lenzi, head of PMR system engineering and product management at SELEX Elsag.
The second day of the Summit will feature presentations from Paul Jarvis, head of business radio at UK regulator Ofcom, who will speak on the business of radio, and Ales Brabínek, policy officer, radio spectrum policy unit at DG Information Society & Media of the European Commission, who will provide an overview and update on the EU’s radio spectrum policy.
In addition, the Summit features many more sessions and will include four afternoon streams.