Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Summer 2019 UK Tactical Data Link Training Date Confirmed - Gain a Deep Understanding of Both MIDS Link 16 and JREAP


By popular demand, SyntheSys is extending the 2019 Tactical Data Link (TDL) Training programme to include a Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 and Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) training course.

The three-and-a-half-day course will be taking place in Lincoln, United Kingdom 16th - 19th July 2019 with two-and-a-half-days focus on MIDS Link 16 being immediately followed by a single day’s JREAP training.  The course is modular in approach and as such, delegates are invited to join the combined course, or tailor attendance based on training requirements.

The Link 16 element is primarily aimed at those personnel who require a balanced understanding of MIDS Link 16.  Consequently, the syllabus has been designed to cover both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16.  Students can expect to examine and study elements such as MIDS Architecture, Interoperability, Terminals & Block Upgrade 2, MIDS Initialisation / Synchronisation as well as Surveillance and Weapons Operations.

The JREAP element of the training explains the benefits of the JREAP protocol and also provides technical detail of how the system works.  The day starts with a basic introduction to JREAP and builds on this knowledge by examining Full Stack and Application Layer, JREAP messages and an overview of relevant standards.  The latter part of the course is practical in nature and utilises the Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link JRE Segment 11.1; we will spend time operating the SAIC JRE Software.

The course has been designed to encompass both the NATO Allied Tactical Data Link Publications (ATDLPs) and the United States (US) Military Standards (MIL-STDs) documentation.  Furthermore, the course has utilised operator procedures detailed within both NATO ATDLP-7.33 and US Joint Multi-TADIL Operating Procedures (JMTOP) (Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Manual CJCSM 6120.01). 

Who Should Attend
  • Anyone with a need to expand their MIDS Link 16 and JREAP knowledge in theoretical and practical areas of technical specifications, planning, operations, troubleshooting and analysis.  The course may be especially beneficial for the following personnel:
  • Operators employed in Data Link Management Centres (Planners, Network Designers, Network Managers etc.) - gain a better understanding of TDL concepts
  • Operators utilising TDLs in operations or exercises (Airborne, Naval or Ground-based) - enhance your knowledge to improve your operational awareness
  • Managers responsible for the direction of TDL operations - improve your comprehension of the architectures under your command
  • Individuals responsible for the procurement of TDL systems - increase your understanding of the operator’s requirements
  • Members of industry who build and design TDL systems - better understand the needs of your customers

To book your place on this course, email training@synthesys.co.uk 
or call +44(0) 1947 821 464

Thursday, 28 February 2019

BOOKING NOW OPEN: Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Course taking place 10 – 28 June 2019 in Halmstad, Sweden.


Are you part of a Data Link Management Cell, or perhaps a Multi-Tactical Data Link (TDL) Network Planner or Designer?  Are you involved in TDL sustainment, TDL procurement or multi-TDL Evaluation?  If so, our DLM/ICO course is designed to provide working knowledge to personnel whose role it is to plan, build, manage, interact, develop and engage in Multi-Tactical Data Link Architectures and operations.

At the request of the Swedish Joint Data Link Operations Cell (JDLOC), SyntheSys will be presenting a further 15-day Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) Training Course at the Technical Training School in Halmstad, Sweden between 10th and 28th June 2019.

The DLM/ICO course is designed to catapult individuals with little or no knowledge of TDL and associated responsibilities to a stage where they can successfully and efficiently carry out their duties.  The course provides students with a fundamental understanding of various TDLs, then, using state of the art simulation tools practically applies this knowledge to real-world scenarios.  The DLM/ICO course is based on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and United States (US) documentation fused with instructor experience.  The course relies on practical exercises and assignments which gives a working understanding of course concepts.

Those with a need to expand their TDL knowledge in theoretical and practical areas of technical specifications, planning, operations, troubleshooting and analysis would benefit from attending this course.  Operational, management and procurement staff are routinely welcomed on the course, as are members of the industry who may be looking to build and design TDL systems.

For more information, including a detailed overview of how you will benefit from attending, a look at what lessons you can expect to learn, and booking information visit; https://bit.ly/2GO7JPz


If you would like to speak to one of our trainers about this course, or any other TDL training requirements, please email training@synthesys.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464

Monday, 18 February 2019

OptimiSE Magazine is Back!


We were so excited about the response from the first, special edition of OptimiSE Magazine that we decided to produce another one!  Our thanks go out to the many of you who subscribed and provided such positive feedback.  Our second issue is now available and includes the following articles
  • Functional and Non-Functional Requirements - page 6
  • Guest Article: OMG SysML™ Model Based Systems Engineering in a nutshell - page 8
  • Supporting Network Rail IT: Assisting the Upgrade - page 12

Courtesy of IBM®, we are offering readers a free copy of the ‘Systems Engineering for Dummies’ E-Book.  This clear and concise foundation level publication is a key resource to add to any desktop or company library.  A useful resource for those new to Systems Engineering or those looking for a handy reference.  See page 14.

To read the free online version and to subscribe to future issues, please visit:  www.optimisese.co.uk or if you would prefer to receive a free hard copy, contact info@synthesys.co.uk


Finally, we would love to hear from you!  Have you got something to shout about?  A burning question to ask, or a topic you are passionate about and would like the opportunity to share your thoughts?  We are inviting members of the Systems Engineering community to contribute articles.  If you are interested in contributing to OptimiSE magazine, please contact Sarah Thomas:  sarah_thomas@synthesys.co.uk

Thursday, 14 February 2019

SyntheSys is delighted to have been accepted to join the Provider Network for the Aurora Engineering Partnership

SyntheSys is delighted to have been accepted to join the Provider Network for the Aurora Engineering Partnership, who have been appointed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as their Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) for Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The partnership – formed by QinetiQ, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and BMT – will help the MOD to reduce costs of their engineering services, while ensuring the UK’s Armed Forces receive the best equipment and support. SyntheSys has been a long-standing supplier of engineering support to the MOD. We look forward to future opportunities to provide specialist knowledge and support solutions to the Aurora Engineering Partnership.

Monday, 21 January 2019

United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) selects SyntheSys, and its partners, to provide Tactical Data Link (TDL) Problem Evaluation Services


SyntheSys is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to deliver Problem Evaluation Services (PES) for UK TDL Terminals and associated platforms for the UK MOD.  SyntheSys teams with C3 Systems Consulting (C3SC) and Mandalorian Security Services (MSS) to provide a unique solution to a complex requirement.  

The contract aims to identify, investigate and resolve interoperability issues across named TDL and associated platforms whilst supporting the Link 16 sustainment program to implement JTRS Terminals.  On behalf of Situational Awareness Command & Control (SACC) DT, SyntheSys will be providing a powerful team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to identify problems in achieving effective interoperability.

The initial 12-month contract will see the SyntheSys project team develop, maintain and implement an effective problem resolution mechanism, provide expert TDL advice and recommendation, and support TDL communities through various meetings.  Of significance is the Cyber Security directives which include various Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) amongst other detailed cyber testing and assessment activities.

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas, comments:
‘’Whilst SyntheSys has provided TDL support to UK MOD for over 20 years, this contract win is a significant stake in the ground for us in terms of working with customers to deliver Cyber Security services in a TDL domain and we are delighted to be teaming with C3CS and MSS to provide an unrivalled depth of experience and knowledge.  This is another great example of where our extensive experience of delivering TDL Interoperability Assurance and assessment programmes globally ensures we continue to add unique value to customers in the TDL market.’’  


Friday, 18 January 2019

Webinar Invitation for those Working in the Travel and Transportation Industry




SyntheSys and IBM® are helping teams effectively manage the complexities of developing smart, connected products by using powerful tools to enhance and support the systems and software development life cycle. In the cloud or on-premises, IBM Watson Internet of Things (IBM Watson IoT™) solutions help Systems Engineers and Software Developers to deliver against requirements, respond efficiently to change and create high-quality designs faster - all whilst controlling development costs and meeting compliance needs.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with IBM® to deliver a 1-hour technical webinar which will give delegates an overview of the toolset whilst informing on best practices for the industry. This webinar presents the case around why and how organisations should manage requirements, govern change and test extensively when developing smart products.

Engineers from all functional disciplines, including Senior Managers, Project Managers and team members will find this webinar useful. Those developing complex products (including software) and services within the Travel & Transportation industry will benefit from understanding the tools.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: http://www.transportationwebinar.synthesys.co.uk

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

TDL Technology Magazine Issue 7 Available Now – and it comes with festive cheer!




We are delighted to release Issue 7 of TDL Technology, the magazine that offers technical insight, best practices and free resources about all aspects of Tactical Data Link (TDL) implementation, integration, and management.

Our aim is to build a magazine with an ethos of collaboration and knowledge sharing and we focus on making TDL Technology less about SyntheSys, and more about the TDL Community as a whole. 

  • RAF100 Celebrations: SyntheSys staff have been busy supporting (and enjoying) the celebrations (page 6).
  • Demystifying Tactical Data Links: Our new regular feature which aims to explore TDL technologies, as presented in SyntheSys’ Training courses, to demystify common TDL challenges and issues.  In this issue, we tackle wider TDLs and associated systems (page 7).
  • Today’s Complex & Interwoven Multi-Link Operations: Considering a four-dimensional environment (page 10).
  • Shaping the Future of Drones in United Kingdom (UK) Cities: Requirements for secure Data Links within the smart cities construct (page 12).

The free resource we are offering with Issue 7 is a TDL Glossary of Terms E-Book that may be useful for those who are less familiar with shortened terms, or for those who just need an occasional reminder.

To read the Digital Edition of the magazine, visit: www.tdl-technology.com where you can also subscribe to receive future issues of TDL Technology magazine directly into your mailbox. If you would like to receive a free hard copy, email tdltech@synthesys.co.uk

May we take the opportunity to wish our readers and subscribers all the very best wishes for the festive season. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Another successful Data Link Manager / Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) Course to round up a productive 2018!



Photograph courtesy of NLD-NDMC Facebook Group


SyntheSys recently delivered the final DLM/ICO course of 2018.  The course took place at the Air Operations Control Station Nieuw Milligen (AOCS NM), Netherlands, and was hosted by the Dutch National Data Link Management Cell (NDMC).  The course included students from the Dutch Air Force, Army and Navy, as well as the Czech Data Link Management Centre and NATO E-3A component, plus we were delighted to have our first students from the German Tactical Data Link Management Centre (TDLMC) and the French Army.



 
The DLM/ICO course is designed to catapult individuals with little or no knowledge of TDL and associated responsibilities to a stage where they can successfully and efficiently carry out their duties. The course provides students with a fundamental understanding of various TDLs, then, using state of the art simulation tools, practically apply this knowledge to real world scenarios.  The DLM/ICO course is based on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) & United States (US) documentation fused with instructor experience.  The course incorporates practical exercises and assignments which gives a working understanding of course concepts.

To learn more about how the DLM/ICO course can enhance your understanding and overall performance, contact training@synthesys.co.uk

We are already planning our courses for 2019, please get in touch if you may be interested in attending.  Our current 2019 scheduled training dates can be viewed here.

Monday, 5 November 2018

SyntheSys is delighted to be taking bookings for our 2019 Systems Engineering Training courses



Our Systems Engineering Foundation Training informs on the principles and practices of systems engineering and provides an introduction and overview of the processes required for successful systems engineering project delivery.

For those working towards the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) accreditation, we have a course specifically designed to prepare you to pass the examination by combining real-world scenarios with theory, presented in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, which will enable you to sit comfortably the INCOSE CSEP Certification.

For more information, or to read more about how Systems Engineering training can often result in overall increased competitiveness, visit:

www.synthesys-systems-engineering.co.uk/training.html

Thursday, 25 October 2018

SyntheSys Services Available via the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 (DOS3) Framework

SyntheSys has been accepted onto the Crown Commercial Services DOS3 register. Organisations that secure a position on the framework can apply to offer their eligible services in the digital space to government teams via the framework.  SyntheSys services can be found under the ‘Digital Outcomes’ and ‘Digital Specialists’ categories.

The main advantage for companies using the service is that they can be assured that the members listed via the Crown website have been pre-qualified to establish their suitability and reliability.

For more information about the Crown Commercial Services visit: https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/s/ 

If you would like to discuss our specific offerings, please contact info@synthesys.co.uk