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Preview: One stop shop

DGI 2011 is all set to become one of the largest gatherings for the world’s geospatial intelligence community

The question of eff ective delivery of imagery and analysis tools to the operator in-theatre remains key to every defence organisation. Accurate and timely imagery needs to not only arrive at the right destination on time, but also be used in concert with the available analysis and decision-making tools. Th e latest use of imagery and imagery analysis tools in war, in national security operations and in strategic planning, will be the focus of several presentations at DGI 2011. Th e other major theme at the event will be the reduction of spend and the need for defence and military geospatial intelligence.

Hundreds of geo-specialists, C4ISR and architect commanders are expected to gather at the event to discuss how Geoint is aff ecting and impacting every aspect of the world’s armed forces. Over 50 speakers have so far, confi rmed their participation which include the likes of Stuart Haynes, Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Intelligence Collection Group, UK MoD; Sabato Rainone, Chief, Geospatial Section Information and Security Division – Policy Branch, Italian Defence General Staff ; Colonel John Fitzgerald, Senior Staff Offi cer, Intelligence Policy, International Military Staff HQ NATO; and Brig. Gen. Walter Schmidt-Bleker, Director, Bundeswehr Geoinformation Offi ce (BGIO), Germany, among others.

Nearly 50 solution providers will showcase their products at the exhibition. Th ere will also be Live Demo presentations by various companies. Moreover, the exhibit area will have a Special Innovation Zone, featuring not only the big technology players, but also the most innovative, new companies with their best ideas and solutions.

Day 1 (Jan 24) – Technology Innovation Focus Day
Th e day is designed to focus on new technologies and solutions that can be turned into real geospatial intelligence capabilities. Senior geospatial executives from various armed forces like the US, the UK, Norway, Afghanistan, Denmark and companies like Esri, DigitalGlobe, Vexcel, etc will share their views about the topic, explaining the latest solutions and how they exploit technology and technological solutions in their GIS capabilities. Case study presentations from defence and national security organisations and live demonstrations will form the basis for the day.


GIS strategy: Presentations from heads of Geo departments in different MoDs across the world. They will be focusing on the strategic role of geospatial intelligence in defence operations, giving real life examples of how GIS is vital to the success of any campaign.

GIS support in-theatre: Offi cers who have just returned from Afghanistan and other key locations will demonstrate how they used geo capability, what support it gave them and what results they achieved in-theatre.

Geospatial architecture: Most defence IT, systems and GIS software will soon be based on map and fully integrated with all available geo capabilities. Given the importance of integrated networks, a special session is dedicated to speakers who will talk about interoperability and integration of GIS capabilities into the overall architecture.

Geospatial intelligence in C4ISR: There will be several case study presentations from different European and North American nations, talking about their experience of implementing a truly integrated GIS strategy in their C4ISR system.

Human Terrain Analysis (HTA): Most MoDs are rapidly developing their HTA strategy, making it a key part of their GIS capability. The last day’s debate will feature case studies, presentations, debates, panel discussions and new solutions to HTA.

Geospatial solutions and technologies exhibition: Speakers will talk about the latest ideas, concepts and capabilities, which are currently being developed and tested in defence intelligence.

Day 2 & 3 (Jan 25 & 26) – The Defence Intelligence and GIS Software Conference and Exhibition
Th e two days are dedicated to main conference and exhibition.

Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of Joint Operations at the UK MOD, will open the conference by speaking about his vision for geo capabilities in modern warfare, in command and control and in-theatre. Air Marshal Peach is responsible for the planning and execution of all UK military operations. He will be giving insight into the strategic role of geo capabilities in intelligence collection and analysis, as well as showing examples of eff ective use of Geoint.

Th e morning opening session will also feature a guest keynote address from Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey. Given the key role Ordnance is responsible for mapping the Olympic sites), Lawrence’s talk is likely to fi gure around strategies, plans and new ideas for using geospatial information and intelligence in the national security operations in the UK, and is expected to generate a lot of interest among participants.

Th ey will be followed by the likes of John Graham, President, Security, Government & Infrastructure, Intergraph; Steven Ramage, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and others.

Th e second day of conference will include speakers like Jim Smith, President & CEO, DigitalGlobe, who will talk about innovation; Jim Hockenhull, D ISTAR, UK MoD, who will deliver a talk on ‘Evaluating the strategic role and opportunity for geo capabilities in command and control’; Hassibullah Samadi, Advisor, Afghan Geodesy and Cartography Head Offi ce, AGCHO, who will speak about GIS capabilities in Afghanistan; and Amnon Sofrin, Head of the Intelligence Directorate, Israeli Intelligence Service (ISIS) who will present an Israeli case study on ‘Strategically positioning and using GIS in intelligence’.

Th e two days of conference will also see senior members from both defence and industry coming together for panel discussions.

Day 4 (Jan 27) – Human Terrain Analysis Focus Day
One of the biggest aspects of this year’s conference is human terrain analysis (HTA). Knowing everything about the landscape is vital. Knowing everything about the people who live in the landscape is even more important and can be the deciding factor in determining the outcome of war. Th e HTA will be the focus on the last day of the event where speakers will share the latest experiences, strategies and success stories of using the “people knowledge” in-theatre. Senior commanders and strategists from the UK, the US and other countries will debate the best ways of collecting, managing, analysing and disseminating the human terrain data.

With inputs from Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI)