An IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and British Computer Society joint meeting

Mobile Satellite Communications - Last Mile Connectivity to the Last Places on Earth

Clive Packer, C Eng, MBCS - Square Peg Communications, Ottawa

Monday 25th March 2002, 7.30 pm

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St - directions 

Reservations are requested -   Hugh Reekie  - 728-5343

The presentation will introduce the principles of satellite communication, a brief history of satellite and specifically mobile satellite communications and the pros and cons of low earth orbit, medium earth orbit and geostationery satellite constellations. The current state of the art in terms of services and applications provided by the leading players in the market will be covered, with particular emphasis on Inmarsat services. The economics of the mobile satellite industry will be described, with reference to the success of some operators and the failure of others. A description of the technical workings of Inmarsat's current maritime, land mobile and aeronautical services will be given. Finally, current development efforts and future satellite systems and services, together with their place in 3G wireless development will be described.

Clive Packer has twelve years experience in the mobile satellite industry. He began his career with Hughes Network Systems where he worked on the development of the ground segment for the Inmarsat-C store-and-forward text messaging system. In 1994, he joined the Inmarsat Directorate in London, where he helped in the specification and procurement of next generation networks and systems. In 1996, he moved to Canada, joining the domestic mobile satellite operator TMI Communications, where he worked on several new services including packet data, asset tracking and differential GPS services. Subsequently he spent some years consulting in the Ottawa area before joining Square Peg Communications as a Project Manager in January 2001. At Square Peg, he is responsible for the development of the transmission system for Airia live inflight television services as well as test equipment for all current and future Inmarsat services.

A Cash Bar will be available

Ottawa will host OPTO Canada 2002

May 9-10, at the Ottawa Congress Centre

a SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) sponsored international meeting with a focus on optoelectronics, photonics, imaging, biophotonics, and lasers. For exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities see website at OPTO Canada 2002 - Free technical Exhibit!! Advance Program now available on line. Preregister by April 24 for conferences and short courses - conference and course prices vary.

Consider attending IEEE's Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements

CPEM 2002


Ottawa 16 - 21 June 2002

Call for Papers

First World Congress on Information Technology in Environmental Engineering

ITEE 2003, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, June 24 - 27, 2003

The cquisition, storage and processing of environmental information is becoming vital to preserving the quality of human life. Potentially dangerous changes are happening not only in the atmosphere, land and oceans, but also in animal habitats and places where hazardous materials are either used, or have been discarded without adequate environmental protection. 

In recent years, information technology has become significant to all scientific groups and fields involved in environment engineering. Knowledge based systems which enable the study of environmental changes have been developed, are being extended to manage those environments. New paradigms for designing objects to enable easy disassembly and recovery of components contribute to reuse. Developments in exploiting alternative energy sources are reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. Surveillance techniques enable tracking of persons likely to threaten the lives of persons or their environment.

The ITEE 2003 conference will provide a forum for exchanging information among pollution engineers, knowledge engineers and scientists. Some of the objectives include discussion of projects for long-term storage of data, data update and validation, and the consistency of data. Research topics and funding opportunities discussed at the conference will be of interest to all researchers. Another objective is to discuss means of assessing the potential of individual teams in implementation and modelling of large-scale systems.

Confirmed Keynote Speech:
A. Sydow: 'Simulation Software for Air pollution Management'

Confirmed Tutorials:
Peter G. Anderson: 'Genetic Algorithms'
Kurt Fedra: 'Urban Environmental Management: Towards the City of Tomorrow'

The Ottawa IEEE-Reliability Society, SRE, and ASQ are planning a Reliability Symposium in Ottawa sometime in October 2003.

Volunteers are needed for chair and committee positions. Volunteers are needed for the following:

Your help will be greatly appreciated and recognized.

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* Lisgar St. is accessible by public transit from Elgin St. By car, travelling north on Elgin, turn right a block or two south of Lisgar, as it is a one way West at Elgin. Continue to Cartier where you turn left, or North. Proceed to Lisgar and find some parking. Lisgar is two-way east of Cartier, and Lisgar Collegiate is at the eastern end.The Naval Officer's Mess (and Crowsnest) is the last building on the right (or south side) before Lisgar Collegiate; there is a small parking lot which can be used - blocked off (Spring 2002) due to construction..
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