MICSSA 2011 OVERVIEW
Armscor, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and SITA, is proud to announce the Fifth Military Information and Communications Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA). MICSSA is driven by the need to create a forum where the defence community - government and industry - may share ideas, strategies, requirements and potential solutions relating to information and communications technology.
MICSSA is now well established as a premier bi-annual event, MICSSA 2011 being the fifth of its kind and is unique to the South African events calendar as it embodies both information and communications technologies; MICSSA also recognises the convergence between these fields.
In keeping with its vision MICSSA 2011 will once again promote information and communications related developments to stakeholders in the southern African defence environment and beyond, inclusive of the military and civilian environments. MICSSA will provide an ideal opportunity to promote new technologies, trends and policy issues under the theme:
Matching World Class Solutions to Shrinking Budgets
MICSSA 2011 is scheduled for 18 to 21 July 2011, with a golf day planned for 22 July 2011.
Modern military operations increasingly require an effective ability to exchange information. Can this objective be achieved by a cost-effective inter-play between both military and commercial IT and communications systems ? Shrinking military budgets may demand more commercialization in terms of solutions offered. How can this inter-play be achieved ? This requires cooperation from both IT and communications industries, taking into account the complex management, command and control processes that must be supported.
A comprehensive prospectus is available on the download page.
MICSSA 2011 will be hosted at the CSIR Conference Centre, CSIR, Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria, South Africa. This venue has proven ideally suited to the needs of MICSSA. It provides a number of fully equipped presentation rooms, exhibition space and catering facilities under one roof as well as secure parking. It also provides a business centre with fax and e-mail facilities. The CSIR Conference Centre is also conveniently located, with easy access from major roads and several hotels are fairly close by.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Abstracts Due 27 February 2011
Draft Papers Due 29 April 2011
Review of Papers 06 May 2011
Final Papers Due 30 June 2011
Presentations Due 30 June 2011
Registration Opens From 1 March 2011
Early Registration Before 31 May 2011
MICSSA 2011 Symposium 18 - 21 July 2011
MICSSA Golf Day 22 July 2011
Armscor and CMIS identified a need to create a forum where information and communications could be discussed within the military context. Known as the Military Information and Communications Symposium of South Africa - or MICSSA - this forum is an opportunity where the defence community - government and industry - may share ideas, strategies, requirements and potential solutions.
MICSSA was successfully established as a forum for the Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT) community with an interest in defence within southern Africa since MICSSA 2003, held in November 2003. The overwhelming support and enthusiastic participation that was experienced proved that such a forum was much needed. This was reaffirmed with following MICSSA events, which grew substantially from the 2003 effort. MICSSA 2005 also saw SITA joining the partnership as member of the organising committee for MICSSA.
In 2009, MICSSA reached new heights, offering a symposium of truly International stature, able to stand proud amongst its peers. In constant pursuit of excellence, MICSSA 2011 will continue to strive for ever higher standards, ensuring an event that is patrons and participants will be proud to be associated.
MICSSA is intended to be informative in many respects, and thus will maintain its well-established three-pronged approach:
The symposium will consist of a combination of plenary sessions and two specialist tracks, offering delegates the widest possible exposure to the relevant subject matter. Of course, there will be enough time and opportunity to liaise on an individual basis with other delegates during the planned social events.
Session Duration: 40 minutes;
No closed / classified sessions;
Only 40 presentations will be accepted;
A third presentation track will be introduced as a marketing forum. This track will be utilised to give exhibitors a forty minute timeslot for marketing/demonstration purposes. This marketing opportunity is in addition to participation in the exhibition and will be available to patrons and exhibitors.
An indoor exhibition will allow an opportunity to market systems, products, capabilities and services to the military market. Herein is an opportunity for a focussed marketing drive to a specialised audience. Only 30 stalls will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
An outdoor exhibition will display relevant SANDF military equipment.
Of course, an event such as MICSSA would not be complete without a social element; therefore three formal events have been scheduled:
Details of these events can be found on the relevant sections of the web page as well as in the downloadable brochures.
Symposium Banquet (Black-tie event)
The symposium will be conducted in English only.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Military personnel active in communications and information systems
Persons responsible for the acquisition of communications and information-related systems for the military
Designers and vendors
Decision makers providing strategic direction to acquisition processes
Persons responsible for the development of technology and skills in the ICT environment
Persons interested in ICT solutions and trends