Monday, 28 October 2019

Issue 9 of SyntheSys’ TDL Technology Magazine Available Now



Read the latest issue of our TDL Technology magazine to gain insight, best practice and knowledge around current and future Tactical Data Link (TDL) sustainment and development.

In this latest issue, we feature an article from Viasat which explores the Link 16 evolution and Viasat’s proactive approach to improving vital warfighters.  We compliment this with the third in the ‘Demystifier’ series which tackles the development of TDLs by giving a chronologically ordered comparison of four major TDL systems – Link 11A, Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF) and Link 22.

We offer a copy of our updated TDL Comparison Table which now incorporates MIDS Block Upgrade 2/Joint Tactical Radio System (BU2/JTRS) Link 16 information and we continue to use the magazine to share industry news, which can be found in our news digest on Page 10.



Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A Message from our Managing Director: Welcome to SyntheSys Technologies



In direct response to the increased demand for our systems engineering services, I am delighted to announce that we have recently undergone a restructure as part of a strategic shift to consolidate and extend our systems engineering business.  The restructure sees the merging of the former SyntheSys Direct and SyntheSys Systems Engineering companies to form ‘SyntheSys Technologies’.

SyntheSys Technologies is led by Mark Williamson and provides systems engineering services, products and training across a variety of industry sectors and now handles all licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with engineering services and software sales.

In this exciting time of expansion, I would also like to introduce our new SyntheSys Technologies Client Engagement Team who will ensure that the service we deliver to our customers is of the highest quality.  The Client Engagement Team will assist our customers with our products and services and will deal with all customer enquiries.

The team comprises a mixture of highly experienced technical, business development and administration staff working together to ease pains whilst creating gains for customers.  I am confident the new Client Engagement Team will make a positive impact on our new and existing customers by helping organisations to unlock the value of Tool-Supported Systems Engineering.

For sales, services and technical enquiries:

Finally, may I thank our loyal customers, suppliers and other stakeholders for their valued interest and support to date.  We look forward to working with you in the future.

John S Hartas

Friday, 18 October 2019

Roland Kemp to Attend the International Data Link Symposium (IDLS) 2019 in Edinburgh 28th – 31st October




As IDLS 2019 draws closer, we would like to announce that Roland Kemp will be representing SyntheSys at the event.  Roland is a highly experienced Tactical Data Link (TDL) and former Dutch Patriot operator.  Roland served for 37 years in the Dutch Armed Forces, during which time he was responsible for training crews on the Patriot Information Coordination Centre (ICC) at the Group Operations Centre.  Roland looks forward to attending an array of interesting briefs in addition to meeting with members of the TDL community.  

If you would like to arrange a time to meet with Roland during the event to discuss TDL training, testing or interoperability, please contact info@synthesys.co.uk

Monday, 7 October 2019

SyntheSys’ Services Go Live on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 4 (DOS4) Framework


We are delighted to announce that SyntheSys’ services are now available through the Government’s Crown Commercial Services DOS4 register.  Organisations 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 Specialists’ category.

Members listed via the Crown website undergo extensive vetting to establish their suitability and reliability which ensures government departments have access to the best-in-class vendors. The DOS4 scheme gives public sector teams easy access to our Systems Engineering tools, training and consultancy services.

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

If you would like to discuss our specific services, please do not hesitate to contact info@synthesys.co.uk or visit www.synthesys.co.uk

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Whitby Youngsters Impress Once Again in the SyntheSys’ Sponsored STEM Challenge


We believe that inspiring young talent to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines is vital in ensuring that high-growth markets secure the right skills and competencies to drive future innovation.  These fields are the key building blocks to securing Britain’s future thriving economy and place in vital global markets.
Once again, SyntheSys is thrilled to have sponsored the annual STEM Challenge, which aims to give talented youngsters from Caedmon College the opportunity to impress by putting contemporary challenges and themes in the spotlight.  The challenge tasks students with researching their chosen subject to produce an informative paper on key findings, which they then deliver as a presentation to a panel of internal and external judges.
Our congratulations go out to all students who participated in the challenge, including winners as follows:
Key Stage 4:
  • Rebecca Morgan:  Humans Need Not Apply - The Future of Automation
  • Alexander Harrison Gaze:  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation


Key Stage 3:
  • Conner Betts, Josh Harland, Alex Young:  Marine Energy
  • Josh Trowsdale, Liam Hutchinson, Jake Stephenson:  Black Holes
  • Neve Barnard:  Dark Matter
  • Charlotte Crossland:  Cryptography

Winners received Amazon vouchers which were presented to Key Stage 3 winners at a ‘celebration of learning’ assembly. Alexander and Rebecca visited the SyntheSys head office at St Hilda's Business Centre to deliver their presentations to SyntheSys HQ staff.
SyntheSys’ Managing Director and STEM Challenge judge, Dr John Hartas, said: ‘‘This challenge is no mean feat, which is why I have been blown away by the standard of submissions.  Students with ages from 13-15 deal with complex subjects that can be difficult for even adults to comprehend.   Whilst this challenge was originally designed to inspire students, it’s had the unforeseen impact of inspiring and educating myself, my team and teachers also.’’
Mrs Kirsty Brown, Head of Business Studies at the college added ‘'The challenge has proven to be a great way to inspire students to take responsibility for their learning. It ignited a passion within the students that diverted them from academic pressures, and resulted in some excellent pieces of work from all entries’’
For more information contact info@synthesys.co.uk



Wednesday, 14 August 2019

SyntheSys’ Multi-Link Test Facility (MLTF) Continues to Add Value to United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD)


Testing the integration of Tactical Data Links (TDL) within military platforms and testing the TDL effectiveness between international coalition forces is no mean feat.  TDL test initiatives come with a high level of complexity and require precision, planning and execution to meet test objectives.  SyntheSys has delivered MLTF services to the UK MOD for the past 9 years to meet the needs of the UK national and international test and trials programmes.  The MLTF complements live trials by providing a realistic, repeatable, simulation-based environment at fixed locations, prior to more expensive, but still necessary, real-world live platform testing, to verify and validate that platforms conform to UK Interoperability policies.  MLTF is also a proven enabler in the MOD drive to increase the use of synthetic training, building on real-world scenarios, all designed to enhance operators’ performance.  MLTF also provides an unrivalled simulation-based training solution, built on real-world scenarios, to enhance engineers’ performance.

We are thrilled to announce the continued support of the MLTF contract, for a further two years.  The contract extension brings further platforms into scope, including the new Queen Elizabeth Carrier, and we are delighted to be providing an Over-the-Air capability which allows transmission using real Link 11 and Link 16 networks.

We continue to deliver an integrated end-to-end service which includes the delivery of Subject Matter Expert (SME) consultancy services, technical meeting support, test equipment maintenance and, more importantly, unrivalled test and federated training initiative support to our UK armed forces.

Mark Hudspeth, SyntheSys’ Programme Director and MLTF Project Manager comments:

‘We are seeing the requirement for sophisticated, simulation-based TDL testing solutions grow, and the UK MOD continues to reap the numerous benefits of employing a flexible, cost-effective service which delivers value for money for the UK armed forces.  For us, our knowledge and experience in this space is becoming more diverse and richer as we respond and adapt to customer requirements, which continues to maintain our position as market leaders in the simulation-based TDL testing arena.  We are also excited to see how the existing MLTF capability can be easily adapted to support the ever-increasing need (and benefit) of synthetic training.’

For further information about MLTF, read the datasheet: http://resources.synthesys.co.uk/defence/multi-link-test-facility.pdf

Monday, 29 July 2019

Issue 3 of OptimiSE Magazine Available Now – Systems Engineering for the Rail Industry



We are thrilled to publish Issue 3 of OptimiSE Magazine, which aims to share best practices, insights and successes from the Rail Industry, which we are positive will be beneficial to wider industries.

Don’t work in Rail? This magazine is still for you!

The customer successes we have seen in our Systems Engineering business come, in some part, from the fact that we have worked with a range of different organisations across varied industries giving us unique insight and expertise which we then feed back into customer projects.

During the first half of 2019 we saw an increased demand for our services within the Rail Industry – we have been helping high profile players implement tools and practices to manage, implement and accelerate huge infrastructure projects.

We hope this Rail-themed issue makes for an informative, thought-provoking read.

In this issue:

  • Transport for London (TfL): Managing Complexity in Major Rail Projects (page 6)
  • Guest Article: Progressive Assurance for the Rail Industry (page 8)
  • The Case for Systems Engineering: Improved Competitiveness through Collaborative Engineering Management (page 10)


You can read the online magazine by visiting: www.optimiseSE.co.uk or if you would like a free hard copy of the magazine please contact: info@synthesys.co.uk


Thursday, 25 July 2019

2020 Systems Engineering Training Course Dates Published



SyntheSys is pleased to publish the 2020 Systems Engineering training schedule, which we are now taking bookings for.

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.  We are pleased to announce United Kingdom (UK) 2020 Systems Engineering Foundation training dates as follows:
  • 7-8 January 2020
  • 21-22 April 2020
  • 30 June-1st July 2020
  • 15-16 September 2020
  • 24-25 November 2020

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 comfortably sit the INCOSE CSEP Certification.  Scheduled CSEP Preparation courses will be taking place in the UK on the following dates:
  • 10-14 February 2020
  • 18-22 May 2020
  • 20-24 July 2020
  • 12-16 October 2020
  • 14-18 December 2020
We have competitively priced training packages and offer discounts for multiple attendees.  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


Monday, 15 July 2019

SyntheSys Selected for Latest Government G-Cloud 11 Scheme


SyntheSys has been accepted onto the Government’s Digital Marketplace ‘G-Cloud 11’ Supplier List which further establishes our status as a supplier of Cloud-based software.

Many of us use ‘The Cloud’ every day without realising it, as it has enabled a plethora of internet-based shopping, social media, and Government services. For industry, the benefits of using the Cloud to execute software and systems engineering projects in a global 24/7 environment are significant.

Government frameworks are agreements between the Government and suppliers. Buying services through frameworks is faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts.  The G-Cloud framework was developed to ensure government bodies can access best-in-class Cloud solutions.  

G-Cloud 11 replaces G-Cloud 10 services in which SyntheSys also participated.  The G-Cloud supplier list is split into Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support and we are proud to be fully represented in all three categories.

The United Kingdom (UK) Government G-Cloud is a well-respected scheme specifically aimed at easing procurement by departments of UK public-sector bodies.  To maintain high standards, only suppliers who meet a set level are considered for a place on the G-Cloud 11 framework agreement.  SyntheSys is able to call on years of experience in this field.

Crucially G-Cloud provides an easy way for clients to access leading engineering software tools and services, backed by key associated technical support and top-class training from our team.

To access more information on our Government G-Cloud involvement, or to speak to us about your cloud hosting, software or support requirements contact info@synthesys.co.uk.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

SyntheSys Tactical Data Link (TDL) 2020 Training Dates Confirmed




In response to requests from our customers, we are pleased to publish our 2020 TDL Training schedule which includes a range of different training options to suit all levels and budgets from Link 16 through to our flagship Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) course.

Maybe you are unsure of you or your team’s exact training requirement?  We offer a complimentary, impartial Training Needs Assessment where we will identify areas that personnel within your organisation may need to develop skills, knowledge or expertise to meet organisational objectives.
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: http://bit.ly/2XEmdJZ

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