AFCEA International Chapter News

Chapter Hosts Simulation Scenarios for Radio Communications Webinar

In March, the chapter organized a webinar titled "Simulation Scenarios for Radio Communications in the military operating environment," with the collaboration of Crisel s.r.l.

The webinar's main objective was to provide useful information to evaluate possible critical scenarios in radio communications and plan efficient simulations for testing transmission robustness in different tactical and operations contexts.

Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, introduced the webinar, highlighting innovative technologies in which continuous information exchange could be established to spread scientific and technological knowledge.

Francesco Paolo Pacillo, sales manager and co-founder of Crisel s.r.l., gave the first speech. Since 1993, Crisel has been active in the defense, aerospace, industry and research and development of many skills thanks to a wide spectrum of scientific collaboration with relevant institutions.

Spirent Communications presented its activities as leader in test solutions, new generation networks, constellation simulation systems, Galileo, GPS , interference and spoofing. With roughly 1,500 employees, Spirent Communication has annual revenues of $500 million and maintains important investments in research and development (about 20 percent).

Jukka Pekka Nuutinen, senior solutions architect, Spirent, explained why tests carried out with the Vertex system by Spirent could reproduce operational scenarios and provide more evaluation criteria than on-site tests. In addition, he presented the benefits from automated test platforms, together with test types on MESH, satellite and private radios, highlighting the crucial aspects in defining test procedures.
Frederic Touma, business development manager, Spirent EMEA Wireless, illustrated a series of concrete applications of the Vertex system in different scenarios: terrestrial, drone, satellites and aircraft. All these cases have been tested in labs before passing on-site tests, demonstrating Spirent's level of achievement in this sector.

Nuutinen concluded this section with an overview of the applications, limits and benefits of using a technology based on a more systematic and automated approach.

Col. Tangorra closed the webinar, thanking all participants, Crisel and Spirent, the chapter and AFCEA International members, respectively, and he spoke about looking forward to in-person events after COVID-19.

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