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Exclusive offer for C-SIGMA contacts at SMi Maritime Recconnaisance and Surveillance Technology Conference

Save £200 off the SMi conference registration when quoting voucher code SMI56IV and get free entry (worth £599) to the post-conference workshop hosted by Guy Thomas, President of C-SIGMA. 

This is the SMi Group’s second 2nd Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Conference and the event will be held in Rome on the 30th and 31st of January 2017.

This high level meeting will bring together senior military leadership, project decision makers, technical experts and cutting edge industry solution providers to explore future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s oceans.


  • Rear Admiral Valter Zappellini, Head of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Bob Sharp, Director National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office, US Navy
  • Brigadier General Manlio Scopigno, Chief of Staff, EU Naval Force
  • Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA
  • Captain William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces
  • Wing Commander Richard Berry, SO1 Capability Delivery P8A, Royal Air Force
  • Commander Sacha Bailly, Officer in Charge Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs, French Navy
  • Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Command Support/C4I – Missions & Operations, German Navy
  • Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff, Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space, Canadian Armed Forces

Visit the website to view the full line-up of expert speakers.

The 2017 programme will:

  • Provide a wider regional focus outside of the Mediterranean where challenges are also persistent
  • Feature high ranking military personnel involved with the enhancement of maritime surveillance platforms and systems
  • Present a running theme on the importance of information sharing as operations are increasingly conducted at an international level
  • Include Informal networking time to talk to peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing Maritime ISR programs today
  • Allow learning on how other nations are developing their maritime surveillance and reconnaissance provision from past experience and cutting edge research and development
  • Get to the heart of challenges faced by modern maritime forces such as capability gaps and what requirements they now have

Gold Sponsor: PAE

Sponsored by: exactEarth, Horizon Technologies, Pole Star Global, Sentient Vision Systems, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Orbcomm, DeepOcean Engineering, MDA Systems, e-GEOS and Sitep Italia.


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C-SIGMA Workshop at SMi


The SMI Groups 2nd annual Maritime Reconnaisance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome on 30 – 31 January 2017 and will feature a C-SIGMA Workshop led by Guy Thomas on the morning after the conference, i.e. 1 February 2017.

The cost of this workshop is £599, or it is available free to C-SIGMA Members and previous C-SIGMA delegates attending the full SMi Conference.  See here for special SMi Conference discount offer.

C-SIGMA: Improving International Collaboration in Space to Enhance Maritime Situational Awareness

08.30-12.10- 1st February 2017, Crowne Plaza Rome St Peter’s Hotel, Rome, Italy

Hosted By Guy Thomas, President, C-SGIMA


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.

Topics covered will include:

08.30 – Registration and Coffee

09.10 – The Importance of Off-the-Shelf Technologies

09.40 – Maximising Surveillance Coverage Through Integration of Optico-electric, AIS and SIGINT Satellite Systems

10.10 – Coffee Break

10.40 – Other integrated systems
• Individual transponders sending short formatted status reports tocommunications satellites
• Automatic Identification System (AIS)
• The ground infrastructure, software tools and licenses determining which spacecraft to task when to obtain the desired results

11.10 – Time Crucial Gathering, Interpreting and Dissemination of Information to C-SIGMA ‘Customers’

11.40 – Case Studies and Discussions

12.10 – Closing remarks


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Outline Program C-SIGMA VII

More details regarding C-SIGMA VII to follow soon!

Check back here soon for more details on the scheduled events and C-SIGMA VII program outline.

C-SIGMA VII Registration – details coming soon

Details regarding C-SIGMA VII registration coming soon!

C-SIGMA Members can avail of discounted rate.

More details to follow soon!

Call for Papers

C-SIGMA VII Call For Papers:

C-SIGMA VII, the 11th International conference* using unclassified space systems for global maritime awareness, will be hosted by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Lisbon Portugal, on 21st-23rd February. This comes as a virtual tidal wave of new capabilities, both in space and in the cyber world, with new satellites and processing systems being announced seemingly every week.

Building on the success of the last four held in Italy, ireland, Tokyo, and London, this conference will focus on how this explosion in technology is being used to assist the world address its challenged in the security, safety worlds as well as protecting the environment and resources of the maritimes domain.

People and organisations who wish to present at C-SIGMA VII should forward an abstract on their subject to info

It is anticipated registration will within the coming weeks at

Please submit your abstract (shorter is better) to:

Guy Thomas, Program Chairman, at

info Julia Duff, Conference Coordinator, at

Deadline for submission:  TBC

Selection will be completed by TBC

Early submission is encouraged.

  • The first 4 meetings were called Technical Exchange on Ais via Satellite (TEXAS)

2014 Workshop Downloads

Downloads for the 2014 Workshop Presentations are now available in PDF form to conference attendees.

Please contact us if you have not received access details and were a conference delegate.

C-SIGMA Members can access this via the My-C-SIGMA Dashboard

2014 Workshop to be held in Japan

Following a successful 2013 C-SIGMA IV hosted in Cork by National Space Centre, the 2014 workshop is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan on 8 – 10 December 2014.

C-SIGMA is an international initiative intended to foster wider cooperation and exchange in the use of and access to satellite based maritime surveillance information at global level.

C-SIGMA workshops are key to the C-SIGMA project. Participants from organisations across the globe come together to advance plans for integration of existing satellite resources into real maritime benefits.

Four workshops have been held to date in the following locations:

C-SIGMA I: 21-23 June 2011, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

C-SIGMA II: 16 – 18 May 2012, NURC, La Spezia, Italy

C-SIGMA III: 7 – 8 November 2012, Canadian Embassy, Washington, USA

C-SIGMA IV: 26 – 29 June 2013

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C-SIGMA IV Program & Speakers

Download full Program and Speakers list. Click Here


Interview with C-SIGMA Director Guy Thomas



C-SIGMA IV took place in Cork, Ireland on 26-27 June 2013, hosted by National Space Centre, Ireland.  Download Program.

Leaders in the Satellite Technology Industry joined with Space Agencies, Research Institutions and Maritime Organisations to focus on the technical expertise and capabilities unclassified space systems can bring to maritime awareness on a global scale and on developing the plans, policies and procedures needed for the future.

National Space Centre, Ireland, using its control room at Elfordstown Earthstation, Midleton, Cork as the briefing centre, showcased demonstrations of the several dynamic data analysis tools now in use or under development, based on one or more unclassified space system.

C-Sigma DL View C-SIGMA IV Program.