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05 Sep 23. Iconic Red Arrows to open DSEI. It is expected – subject to weather conditions – that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will formally open Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) next week, with their signature aircraft flypast. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and overseas and promote the best of British.
DSEI is a seminal event for global defence and security, held in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Department for Business and Trade.
It will provide one of the last opportunities to see the Red Arrows’ in 2023 with their last appearance of the season due in October.
DSEI Director, Grant Burgham, said: “DSEI is only one week away, with more than 1,600 exhibiting companies, over 3,000 UK and International VIPs and tens of thousands of visitors expected to be in attendance. I am delighted to be able to announce the Red Arrows flypast. The iconic Red Arrows are a great advert for Great Britain and this is an ideal way to kick off a global event on the scale of DSEI.”
30 Aug 23. Ground-breaking medtech solutions to be exhibited at DSEI 2023. Referred to by the UK Ministry of Defence as the “moral component of war”, defence medical capabilities lie at the heart of effective military operations. Throughout history, defence and the development of cutting-edge medtech have been heavily intertwined. Today it’s no different, and as capabilities continue to become more sophisticated, naturally, medtech has continued to evolve to respond to the changing character of twenty-first century conflicts.
On display at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), to be held on the 12th-15th September this year, will be the latest advances in military medtech that have been designed to offer quick, effective solutions to save lives on the front line. It’s the first DSEI since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the conflict has shown that despite significant technological advances in autonomous equipment, there will always be a human component in warfare. With this, comes the need to develop medtech to respond quickly to injury, minimising casualties.
This year the Medical Hub, supported by Defence Medical Services (DMS), is set to host companies from not only the defence sector, but also from the broader medical industry. One such company is Cambridge-based CambCol, which shares a close working relationship with the University of Cambridge. It is the developer of the solution ClottaTM, a collagen emergency haemostatic sponge. These trauma haemostat dressings target cells to clot blood instead of simply stopping the bleed. While its traditional use case is broad – delivering rapid wound healing that suits a range of situations, it is also an incredibly valuable solution for defence sector. Like other DSEI exhibitors, CambCol’s solution is currently being used daily, supporting Ukrainian forces on the front line.
Also exhibiting at DSEI is TacMed, a US, veteran-founded company that develops not only equipment such as tourniquets and bandages but also advanced simulation and training aids to ensure first responders (civilian or military) can respond effectively in a whole host of environments, and to a spectrum of complex injuries. TacMed has to date been supplying Ukraine with SOF tourniquets and Blast Bandages that have been instrumental to troops fighting in the field.
Held at the ExCeL in London, this year’s DSEI’s central focus is “Achieving an Integrated Force”. This not only refers to multi-domain integration, but also encompasses interoperability within forces. Specifically, how you can improve logistics and fortify supply chains to give units the resources to succeed. Medtech plays a key role and can have a profound impact on the operational effectiveness of forces. Knowing that there is effective care available in case of injury impacts the morale, motivation and overall operational readiness of military units which can give a significant advantage.
Alongside the exciting exhibitors, alongside DSEI this year the medical conference NATO’s Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services (COMEDS) will also take place. A whole host of high-calibre speakers will talk on defence medical matters. One of which includes the UK’ s Surgeon General, Timothy Hodgetts. Major General Tetiana Ostashchenko, Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will also address the COMEDS conference.
Grant Burgham, DSEI Director, commented: “We are grateful to have the support of Defence Medical Services at DSEI’s Medical Hub. It is one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of DSEI. Researchers and top healthcare professionals are constantly working to solve complex issues to save lives on the front line. Given the sustained importance of this area, especially as we see conflict having returned to Europe, we’re thrilled to be hosting the COMEDS conference and to welcome such a blend of forward-thinking institutions across government, academia and industry”.
01 Sep 23. EUROCAE and RTCA to host Future Connectivity virtual summit, 25 October 2023. Standards agencies EUROCAE and RTCA are to host the joint “Aviation Summit: Future Connectivity” virtual summit on 25 October 2023. The event brings together leading experts and stakeholders from the aviation industry to deliberate on the pivotal topic of datalink communication in aviation.
As the aviation industry continues to evolve, the significance of efficient and secure communication through data becomes increasingly apparent. The “Aviation Summit: Future Connectivity” will serve as a strategic platform for industry players to address the challenges, advancements, and opportunities presented by datalink technology in modern aviation. Attendance to the Summit is complimentary. Event and registration details: https://bit.ly/futureconnectivity. For more information visit: www.eurocae.net (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
24 Aug 23. Breaking silos in defence: DSEI 23 Joint Zone set to display latest innovations across domains. Effective defence operations rely on the seamless integration of technology, communication and processes across domains and forces nationally and internationally. In an age of rapid technological innovation, there has been a drive toward organisations developing agile solutions that have numerous applications across domains, as the interoperability of equipment, software and personnel is crucial in securing the strategic edge.
Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), will be held on the 12th – 15th September this year, at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London. The key theme of this year’s DSEI is “Achieving an Integrated Force”, referring to multi-domain integration that bridges the gap across silos in defence on all levels of warfare from tactical to strategic. With the central theme in mind, the Joint Zone is expected to play a pivotal role throughout the tradeshow in demonstrating the possibilities of cross-domain capabilities.
Disruptive innovation such as Internet of Things (IoT) approaches are expected to be a major highlight of the event. IoT is a system that is able to connect equipment, tools and other machinery to the internet, facilitating the automation and monitoring of devices in real time. The opportunities for streamlining the defence sector are vast, and this has been reflected in this year’s uptake at DSEI. The Joint Zone is set to host companies not only from the defence sector, but also from broader industry. Motorola Solutions for example will be showcasing its IoT ecosystem that can tap into existing equipment and provide a central platform unifying voice, data, video and analytics.
In addition to well-known names, DSEI will host many specialist providers of platforms, products and services. British based technology and system integration company STS Defence, specialise in providing secure communications and electronic systems that can be utilised both in the naval and air domain.
Speaking on the event, Grant Burgham, DSEI, commented: “This year’s DSEI has seen a surge in companies diversifying and devising solutions that transcend traditional domains. The Joint Zone stands as a tangible demonstration of the ongoing momentum to break out of domain silos and foster long-term technological progress. It’s truly encouraging to witness such widespread engagement, not only from established defence players but also from non-defence companies which are exhibiting at DSEI for the first time.”
24 Aug 23. Iconic Bletchley Park to host UK AI Safety Summit in early November. Major global event to take place on the 1st and 2nd of November.
- UK to host world first summit on artificial intelligence safety in November
- Talks will explore and build consensus on rapid, international action to advance safety at the frontier of AI technology
- Bletchley Park, one of the birthplaces of computer science, to host the summit
International governments, leading AI companies and experts in research will unite for crucial talks in November on the safe development and use of frontier AI technology, as the UK Government announces Bletchley Park as the location for the UK summit.
The major global event will take place on the 1st and 2nd November to consider the risks of AI, especially at the frontier of development, and discuss how they can be mitigated through internationally coordinated action. Frontier AI models hold enormous potential to power economic growth, drive scientific progress and wider public benefits, while also posing potential safety risks if not developed responsibly.
To be hosted at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, a significant location in the history of computer science development and once the home of British Enigma codebreaking – it will see coordinated action to agree a set of rapid, targeted measures for furthering safety in global AI use.
Preparations for the summit are already in full flow, with Matt Clifford and Jonathan Black recently appointed as the Prime Minister’s Representatives. Together they’ll spearhead talks and negotiations, as they rally leading AI nations and experts over the next three months to ensure the summit provides a platform for countries to work together on further developing a shared approach to agree the safety measures needed to mitigate the risks of AI.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
The UK has long been home to the transformative technologies of the future, so there is no better place to host the first ever global AI safety summit than at Bletchley Park this November.
To fully embrace the extraordinary opportunities of artificial intelligence, we must grip and tackle the risks to ensure it develops safely in the years ahead.
With the combined strength of our international partners, thriving AI industry and expert academic community, we can secure the rapid international action we need for the safe and responsible development of AI around the world.
Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said:
International collaboration is the cornerstone of our approach to AI regulation, and we want the summit to result in leading nations and experts agreeing on a shared approach to its safe use.
The UK is consistently recognised as a world leader in AI and we are well placed to lead these discussions. The location of Bletchley Park as the backdrop will reaffirm our historic leadership in overseeing the development of new technologies.
AI is already improving lives from new innovations in healthcare to supporting efforts to tackle climate change, and November’s summit will make sure we can all realise the technology’s huge benefits safely and securely for decades to come.
The summit will also build on ongoing work at international forums including the OECD, Global Partnership on AI, Council of Europe, and the UN and standards-development organisations, as well as the recently agreed G7 Hiroshima AI Process.
The UK boasts strong credentials as a world leader in AI. The technology employs over 50,000 people, directly supports one of the Prime Minister’s five priorities by contributing £3.7 bn to the economy, and is the birthplace of leading AI companies such as Google DeepMind. It has also invested more on AI safety research than any other nation, backing the creation of the Foundation Model Taskforce with an initial £100 m.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “No country will be untouched by AI, and no country alone will solve the challenges posed by this technology. In our interconnected world, we must have an international approach. The origins of modern AI can be traced back to Bletchley Park. Now, it will also be home to the global effort to shape the responsible use of AI.”
Bletchley Park’s role in hosting the summit reflects the UK’s proud tradition of being at the frontier of new technology advancements. Since Alan Turing’s celebrated work some eight decades ago, computing and computer science have become fundamental pillars of life both in the UK and across the globe.
Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said:
Bletchley Park Trust is immensely privileged to have been chosen as the venue for the first major international summit on AI safety this November, and we look forward to welcoming the world to our historic site.
It is fitting that the very spot where leading minds harnessed emerging technologies to influence the successful outcome of World War Two will, once again, be the crucible for international co-ordinated action.
“We are incredibly excited to be providing the stage for discussions on global safety standards, which will help everyone manage and monitor the risks of artificial intelligence.”
The roots of AI can be traced back to the leading minds who worked at Bletchley during the Second World War, with codebreakers Jack Good and Donald Michie among those who went on to write extensive works on the technology. In November, it will once again take centre stage as the international community comes together to agree on important guardrails which ensure the opportunities of AI can be realised, and its risks safely managed.
The announcement follows the UK Government allocating £13 m to revolutionise healthcare research through AI, unveiled last week. The funding supports a raft of new projects including transformations to brain tumour surgeries, new approaches to treating chronic nerve pain, and a system to predict a patient’s risk of developing future health problems based on existing conditions. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
DSEI 2023 – POWERING PROGRESS, DEFINING YOUR FUTURE
DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence & security supply chain on a global scale. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and engage in the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint Zones.