8th PLATH symposium impressed COMINT community

New challenges & new responses

Since 1996 PLATH symposium has turned out to an established and professional forum within the international COMINT community. From 15 to 17 September 2015 representatives from military, intelligence services, science and industry met again in Hamburg to exchange experiences and discuss latest topics in intelligence. With about 220 guests from 35 countries, the 8th PLATH symposium beat all records and confirmed once again to be a don’t-miss-date in the COMINT calendar.

Facing the current threats and challenges the event focused on how to gain and combine sensitive data in order to protect own networks and prevent critical conditions. During the conference 17 selected speakers gave outlook on current intelligence requirements and introduced new concepts how to deal with them. During the exhibition PLATH Group demonstrated live new products and proven solutions enabling the user to obtain, handle and combine the intelligence data within the current complex communication environment.

At the invitation of PLATH, several high-class speakers came to Hamburg to exclusively share their experience with the community. The conference was opened by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ton van Loon from Dutch Armed Forces, who spoke about the necessity, boundaries and opportunities of European military cooperation. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Prof. Dr. Jamie Shea also gave an impressive keynote, dealing with the importance of cyber defence topics for NATO. The third keynote of the day gave Lieutenant General Rainer Korff from German Army Headquarters, talking about changes in the security situation and the related requirements from the perspective of the German Army. The need for multinational cooperation, flexibility and short response time within the current security environment were the essence of the keynotes hold during the 8th PLATH symposium. Followed by 3 parallel tracks the participants then had opportunity to go more into detail on different use cases, requirements and innovative solutions from the industry.

On the last day of the event PLATH Group invited all participants to visit the exhibition in the premises of PLATH GmbH. Here PLATH Group presented live innovations from the broad product portfolio “from sensors to knowledge” and convinced the visitors to be the one-stop-shop for intelligence solutions. One of the highlights was the launch of the new V/UHF interception receiver. The SIR 2110 extends the product family of SIR receivers for HF towards the VHF and UHF frequency range. Furthermore PLATH presented the impressive and revolutionary performance of the DFP 5135 direction finder, covering the full HF range and providing flawless interception of even the weakest signals due to peerless dynamic range. The guests also had an exclusive access to a demonstration of different working positions of the Intelligence Control and Analysis Solution ICAS. With pre-configured working positions for operator, analyst, evaluator and supervisor ICAS allows to standardize processes within a system. At the same time ICAS represents a broad collection of features, giving the possibility to individualize workflows according to the specific needs. This unique architecture was demonstrated live. All participants had the opportunity to experience the performance of ICAS hands-on.

Accompanied by several evening events then 8th PLATH symposium was a unique and exclusive opportunity for a trustful exchange and networking within the international COMINT community.