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:

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: 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

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

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:

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: 

If you would like to discuss our specific offerings, please contact

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

SyntheSys’ Flying the ‘STEM’ Flag by Sponsoring the ‘S Prize’

It’s no secret that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects provide the foundations of future innovation.  Engaging young people to become inspired by these subjects and developing the talents that are needed, are a key to ensuring a thriving knowledge-based economy as part of our country’s place in future, global markets.

SyntheSys has been playing its part in contributing to STEM initiatives with the Whitby-based firms’ Managing Director, John Hartas, recently getting involved in a dynamic initiative at a local school.

John, who is a STEM Ambassador (, was thrilled to initiate Caedmon College’s ‘S Prize’.  Youngsters from the college battled for the prize, amazing everyone with their extensive knowledge of subjects ranging from how plastic in the ocean affects marine life, to mysterious Dark Matter.

John said: “The submissions we received were as documents, PowerPoint presentations, a model of a volcano (that actually erupted), and a computer game.  All the submissions were of a really high standard and the judges were greatly impressed.”

The winner of the Key Stage 3 prize was a joint team formed by Joshua Harland and Connor Betts. Their submission was on the Life Cycle of a Star and included a computer game they invented.

The Key Stage 4 prize went to Rebecca Morgan for her submission in the style of a scientific paper on Dark Matter.  Rebecca said her project overall was based on the questions and confusion about Dark Matter which, in her opinion, is one of the biggest mysteries in any modern day scientific field.  She said: “I was inspired to write about this topic as no one truly knows what Dark Matter is yet, so I decided that since it is going to be one of the most talked about topics in science for many decades to come, I would want to be informed of potentially one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the century.”  

The prize for Key Stage 5 was won by Emma Sharpe for her submission on the effects of plastic pollution on our oceans.  Emma said that taking part in this project had inspired her to be more conscientious about recycling, and in future, she hopes to take part in activities such as beach cleans in order to help keep our oceans free of plastic.

It is now hoped that the awards will become an annual event.