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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

Since 2016 the myriad of threats facing maritime nations has not abated, mass migration and terrorist infiltration has plagued nations across the globe and is particularly poignant in the Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific Region where maritime traffic is particularly heavy. Therefore militaries, law enforcement and civil agencies must be able to monitor traffic all the while protecting their maritime assets from external risks and this is accomplished by utilizing advanced technologies from platform sensors to unmanned systems and space-based assets which are constantly going through upgrades and advances in sophistication. There is also a greater need to better analyze and disseminate data between partner agencies and nations to respond quickly and effectively to maritime threats.

Therefore SMi Group is proud to announce the second annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January. Based on the success of the 2016 conference, which included presentations from senior host nation officers including Rear Admiral Natale, Head of Ships Department, Italian Navy General Staff and senior representatives from the Italian Coast Guard and Air Force; we aim to replicate and improve by providing a more regional focus, not just on the Mediterranean, but other areas of interest including the Black Sea and further beyond in the Asia Pacific region. All of which have keen collective interest on ensuring the safety and security of legitimate maritime activities.


Day 1
8:00
Conference Registration and Informal Introductions
8:45
Chairman's Opening Address
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
9:00
Enhancing Ship-Based C4I Capabilities on Future Platforms
Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi , Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
9:30
How the US Navy Utilizes ISR Technology to Assist Naval Forces Around Europe
Commodore William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe
10:00
Optimising Maritime Reconnaissance Technologies to Combat Illegal Immigration in the Mediterranean Area of Operations
Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
10:30
Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area
11:00
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics – Major Event Information Sharing
PAUL KERSTANSKI, VP maritime solutions, PAE
11:30
How the Italian Air Force Is Supporting Interagency Maritime Security Activities
Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Director of Personnel, Italian Air Force
12:00
Reintroducing the Maritime Patrol Aircraft Capability in to the British Armed Forces’ Maritime Surveillance Arsenal
Wing Commander Richard Berry, SO1 Capability Delivery P8A , Royal Air Force
12:30
Networking Lunch in Exhibition Area
13:30
Panel Discussion: Increasing Collaboration in Maritime Information Sharing During Joint Operations in Southern Europe
Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard
13:30
Panel Discussion: Increasing Collaboration in Maritime Information Sharing During Joint Operations in Southern Europe
Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
13:30
Panel Discussion: Increasing Collaboration in Maritime Information Sharing During Joint Operations in Southern Europe
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
13:30
Panel Discussion: Increasing Collaboration in Maritime Information Sharing During Joint Operations in Southern Europe
Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
14:00
Session Resrved for exactEarth
14:30
Operational Concept of an Integrated Battle Ship
Commander Michael Sela, Former Head of C4I Branch R&D Department, Israeli Navy
15:00
Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area
15:30
Advances in German Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Equipment and Technologies from 2016 Onwards
Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Command Support/C4I - Missions & Operations, German Navy
16:00
Enabling Greater Space-Based Maritime Surveillance Through C-SIGMA
Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA
16:30
Chairman's Closing Remarks and end of MRST Day One
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
Day 2
8:00
Conference Registration and Coffee
8:45
Chairman's Opening Address
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
9:00
An Update On the Fight Against Illegal Immigration off the Italian Coastline
Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard
9:30
The Evolving Role of Maritime Surveillance in the Blue Water Environment’
Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Hudson, Commander NATO Maritime Command, NATO MARCOM
10:00
Optimising French Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities Through the Introduction of Advance Technologies
Commander Sacha Bailly, Officer in Charge Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs, French Navy
10:30
Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area
11:00
Belgian Defence Strategic Plans: A Modern Naval Force With Modern ISR Capabilities
Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
11:30
Session Reserved for Sentient Vision Systems
12:00
Space-Based Maritime Surveillance for the Protection of Canada’s Three Coastlines
Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff, Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space , Canadian Armed Forces
12:30
Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area
13:30
Panel Discussion: Debating How to Best Tackle the Immigration Crisis in the Mediterranean
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
13:30
Panel Discussion: Debating How to Best Tackle the Immigration Crisis in the Mediterranean
Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi , Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
13:30
Panel Discussion: Debating How to Best Tackle the Immigration Crisis in the Mediterranean
Commander Michael Sela, Former Head of C4I Branch R&D Department, Israeli Navy
13:30
Panel Discussion: Debating How to Best Tackle the Immigration Crisis in the Mediterranean
Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Director of Personnel, Italian Air Force
14:00
Session Reserved for KSAT, Kongsberg Satellite Services
14:30
Creating a Balanced Navy Through Advanced Intelligence Assets
Captain Fernando Angelo, Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre, Portuguese Navy
15:00
Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area
15:30
Creating the Perfect Model of Space-Based Maritime Surveillance for Europe
Leendert Bal, Head of Department Coordination and Innovation, EMSA
16:00
Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of MRST Day Two
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

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