Space-based Surveillance is among the most important means of monitoring the oceans today; satellites provide the widest possible range for observation and have the benefit of being in international territory to fulfil their roles. This includes everything from pollution monitoring to suspect marine traffic, even signals intelligence.
Unfortunately, financial and resources restrictions prevent any one nation being able to provide full global coverage. Furthermore, the vast majority of the planet’s water lies in international territory and therefore requires an international approach to successfully monitor and police.
C-SIGMA is a major advocate for international collaboration in space-based maritime surveillance, seeking to transform mechanisms by which nations work together on this highly crucial subject, if you are interested in how this can be done, this workshop is for you.

• Learn how the need for international collaboration in space is on the rise around the world
• Optimise Maritime Space Surveillance through the integration of multiple technologies from imaging satellites to ground-based information software
• Discuss national requirements for maritime situational awareness and the essential part space systems play.
• Advance future business with nations looking to improve space-based maritime observation capabilities.

Workshop LEADER


Guy Thomas

President, C-SIGMA, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence

Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence

C-SIGMA (AKA global space-based maritime situational awareness) envisions linking together existing space system capabilities in a worldwide network for international GLOBAL MARITIME AWARENESS. The coordination needed to implement C-SIGMA would provide a focus for the efforts to achieve a common goal of protecting the maritime environment as stated in that document and would go far in bringing at risk areas of sea under control.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:10 The Importance of Off-the-shelf Technologies

Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence

9:40 Maximising Surveillance Coverage through Integration ofOptico-electric, AIS and SIGINT Satellite Systems

Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence

10:10 Coffee Break

10:40 Other Integrated Systems:

Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence


  • Individual transponders sending short formatted status reports to communications satellites
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS)
  • The ground infrastructure, software tools and licenses determining which spacecraft to task and to obtain desired results



    11:10 Time Crucial Gathering, Interpreting and Dissemination of Information to C-SIGMA ‘Customers’

    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence

    11:40 Case Studies and Discussions

    12:10 Closing Remarks


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    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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