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Partner Post: SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing

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Driven by the critical role photonic technologies play in today’s defense and industrial economies, the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS) conference and exhibition have grown to become the leading forum where developers of advanced technologies and products meet face-to-face with government and industry customers.

Running April 29 through May 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center, DSS provides government, industry, and academia economical access to technical presentations, professional development courses, and a free exhibition featuring 500 developers and suppliers of sensing, imaging, display, and other technologies.

The three-day exhibition (April 30 - May 2) features the industry’s leading suppliers of products such as robotic systems, infrared detectors, chemical sensors, high-speed imaging systems, lasers, night vision, and advanced display technologies.

In addition, 55 conferences covering infrared systems, lidar and radar, laser technology, ISR, display technologies, unmanned systems and robotics, cybersecurity, CBRNE, biometric technology for human identification, sensor data analysis, and energy harvesting and storage, and a suite of 50 professional development courses taught by leading experts are top features of the meeting.

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Relevance and Value

"It is a true sign of the relevance and value that our customers place on DSS that not only will the meeting take place this year as planned: it is thriving and on track to be another robust event," said Dr. Andrew Brown, SPIE Senior Director. "While U.S. government budget cuts and sequestration have resulted in some uncertainty in the U.S. defense sector, the global photonics industry is growing, and SPIE is committed to supporting the creative individuals, companies, and organizations that serve this industry nationally and internationally."

Brown noted that researchers understand the importance of meeting face-to-face to advance technologies and develop new collaborations. At the same time, companies value a platform on which to showcase their latest products and services, and end users looking for solutions can efficiently compare capabilities through product demonstrations and tutorials.

"Scientific conferences and exhibitions such as DSS are efficient, effective, and invaluable in bringing together scientists and engineers with system integrators and end users to ensure that the best and newest technologies are available to address the most challenging applications," he said. "Not only do interactions lead to the development of new technologies and solutions, but the meeting acts as a catalyst in the economic engine of the photonics industry, with companies securing new business leading to jobs and economic growth."

Fiscal Responsibility

SPIE is acutely aware of the need to ensure fiscal responsibility, and to this end anchored SPIE DSS in Baltimore, a cost-effective city within convenient driving distance for a high density of government labs, military establishments, and defense contractors, Brown said. "We’ve worked hard to ensure participation in conference, free exhibition, and professional development programs that provide the highest value with very economical access."

Kenneth Israel, Major General (USAF Ret.) is Symposium Chair, and David Whelan of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security is Symposium Co-Chair.

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