US Coast Guard: Leveraging automatic identification systems (AIS) at Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2016

  • Posted by Yulia Rotar
  • October 26, 2015 9:22 AM GMT
SMi Group Reports (Rome, Italy): Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology 2016 will take place in Rome, Italy on the 15th – 16th February 2016. This conference will focus on maximising maritime situational awareness capabilities for security of life and territory at sea.

Search and Rescue, Military and Law Enforcement agencies need to be able to monitor their coastlines and economic exclusive zones effectively in order to keep their borders and those who use the seas legitimately, safe. Many nations are currently seeking to upgrade and develop those platforms that serve them in the Maritime Domain, from Patrol Planes and Helicopters to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Satellites.

Lieutenant Commander Sam Edwards, AIS Sponsors Representative from the US Coast Guard will present on Day Two at this highly topical conference. Lieutenant Commander Sam Edwards will deliver an address on ‘How the US Coast Guard is Leveraging Automatic Identification System (AIS) to Improve Maritime Domain Awareness’. The presentation will focus on: leveraging U.S Coast Guard’s Nationwide AIS system to provide maritime domain awareness to other U.S Government agencies; progress with transmitting Maritime Safety Information to the public and government agencies and applications of AIS messaging to confront challenges in the Western Hemisphere, Arctic region and beyond.

Confirmed Key Speakers joining Lieutenant Commander Sam Edwards for 2016 include Chris Reynolds, Director, Irish Coast Guard, Commander Pasi Staff, Chairman of European Maritime Surveillance Network, Finnish Navy, Guy Thomas, Advisor for Maritime Situational Awareness, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence, Jonathan Locke, Senior Scientist, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, NATO, Lieutnenant Colonel Paolo Papiri, Air Staff, Aerospace Planning Division, Italian Air Force, Major General Martin Smith, Commanding Officer, EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Anthony Rix, Former Cheif of Staff at Allied Maritime Command, Naples, NATO, Rear Admiral Dan Thorell, Director, Response and Law Enforcement Department, The Swedish Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard and many more.

The event brochure with agenda breakdown, speaker line up, information on workshop and registration form can be accessed on the event website

Rear Admiral (ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, UK Hydrographic Office, Royal Navy commented: “A high level gathering of senior military leadership, project decision makers and technical experts alongside cutting edge industry solution providers is therefore a timely opportunity to share ideas, identify blockers and enablers and the potential to collaborate in future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s seaways. MRST 2016 is designed to provide exactly that venue and opportunity.”

In addition to the unrivalled networking opportunities available from the attendance of many senior personnel, attendees can also benefit by participating in the post-conference workshop offered. The workshop, hosted by Guy Thomas, Director of C-SIGMA, will look in detail at the benefits of c-sigma and how it can improve national capability to monitor the seas from space.

The event’s gold sponsor is PAE and is also proudly sponsored by Horizon Technologies

For those interested, book by 30th October and save £400. More information is available at

Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology Conference
15th - 16th February 2016 
Rome, Italy
Contact e-mail: 
Delegates/Sponsors: Justin Predescu +44 (0) 207 827 6130, 

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