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Senior Communications Engineer, Nova Systems
Scott Leyonhjelm is a consultant with Nova Systems and has over 25 years’ experience in both academia and the telecommunications industry. Scott has been involved in the design of a broad range of wireless technologies, including Next Generation (3G and 4G) cellular radio and WLAN technologies and providing strategic, due diligence and procurement advice. Between 1990 and 2008, Scott worked in R&D for both University and Industry prototyping technology concepts that in the next phase would be developed into products. Since 2008, he has consulted to the Government, mining, utilities and Emergency Services sectors regarding their digital data and voice radio systems.
Managing Director, Wireless Innovation
Neil Jamieson offers over 15 years of experience in the satellite communications arena through Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Neil’s depth of experience enables him to produce specialised solutions for the L Band satellite product portfolio in Australia. Neil has pioneered the Satellite PTT technologies in Australia with a focus on public safety and integration into existing p25 Core networks.
CEO, Challenge Networks
Simon is the co-founder and Managing Director of Challenge Networks, a telecommunications system integrator specialising in the design, build and management of small-scale carrier networks around the world. He has over 27 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. Initially starting his career in AMPS mobile network R&D, he later moved into national and finally global roles in mobile network design, deployment and support. Originally growing up on a farm, he has had the privilege of living in more than six countries and working in more than 40, but is now happy to call Australia home. Simon has a degree in Computer Engineering from RMIT and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
IS Telecommunications Service Delivery Lead Information Systems, Santos Limited
Sean Lamont is the IS Telecommunications Service Delivery Lead at Santos Limited. Specialising in the management of telecommunications activities throughout Santos’s field operations with a focus on strategy, maintenance and continuous improvement. This covers a diverse portfolio of systems including Private LTE and LMR across the Cooper and Surat Basins. Starting as a communications apprentice in the Oil & Gas fields of the Cooper Basin he brings a coal face perspective of remote and regional support as well as over a decade of industry experience.
Founder, joint-owner and CEO, Allsopp Helikites Limited and Airborne Communications Ltd
In 1993, whilst working as a design consultant, Sandy Allsopp designed and patented the Helikite which is the world’s only high-altitude, stable, all-weather, lighter-than-air kite. He has 27 years’ experience of design, manufacture, flight and worldwide sale of Helikites, lighter-than-air aircraft, and aerostat support systems. He designed the Helibase aerostat handling system for the US Air Force and the Helikite Tactical Launch Trailer which are the two standard systems for inflating and flying Helikites with minimal personnel in all weather conditions. Helikites are now manufactured in numerous sizes from 1m3 up to 250m3. They are capable of lifting numerous payloads up to 7,000ft, from land, small boats, or on ships steaming thousands of miles across oceans. Sandy Allsopp is the most experienced Helikite operator in the world and teaches the Helikite handling course for Allsopp Helikites Ltd.
Managing Director, CartGiS Pty Ltd
Chris Stevens is Managing Director of CartGiS Pty Ltd, an emergency management, GIS and Mapping and communications consultancy company based in Melbourne. Chris has extensive experience in LMR network design, planning and implementation as well as GIS and mapping application design and commissioning. Chris is an industry leader in systems integration, thinking outside the box and providing client centric outcomes aimed at information sharing and interoperability. CartGIS Pty Ltd also specialises in bespoke training and education for the critical communication community. Chris has extensive qualifications and experience in secondary, tertiary and workplace training and education, which coupled with his communication experience, delivers industry and client focused outcomes. Chris has been the National Lifesaving Communications Advisor to Surf Life Saving Australia since 2011. This role is in an elected volunteered capacity and he chairs the respective national communications working group. As National Lifesaving Communications Advisor, Chris is responsible for advising the states and territories on their operational communications networks as well as formulating national interoperability and business continuity strategies. Chris is also a member of the ARCIA committee, where he convenes the training committees and has been responsible for recent industry advancements in training and education.
Managing Director, TMC Global
Trevor Manning has had the rare opportunity to see all the facets of designing and operating a microwave radio network. Having worked for both operators and suppliers, in a career spanning 30 years, he has also recently helped to design and build the world’s longest high capacity Ethernet link (>200km). He understands both the technical and commercial challenges to designing, building and operating networks. His pragmatic approach to the subject will help unravel the mysteries of the many confusing standards, as well as simplify the complexities of radio design with its dependence on complex weather conditions, to equip you to know when, and how, to deploy microwave radio in current real-world networks. Trevor Manning is the author of ‘Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide’, and is also the author of the classic Artech House book “Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide” (second edition).

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Senior Communications Engineer, Nova Systems
Scott Leyonhjelm is a consultant with Nova Systems and has over 25 years’ experience in both academia and the telecommunications industry. Scott has been involved in the design of a broad range of wireless technologies, including Next Generation (3G and 4G) cellular radio and WLAN technologies and providing strategic, due diligence and procurement advice. Between 1990 and 2008, Scott worked in R&D for both University and Industry prototyping technology concepts that in the next phase would be developed into products. Since 2008, he has consulted to the Government, mining, utilities and Emergency Services sectors regarding their digital data and voice radio systems.
Managing Director, Wireless Innovation
Neil Jamieson offers over 15 years of experience in the satellite communications arena through Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Neil’s depth of experience enables him to produce specialised solutions for the L Band satellite product portfolio in Australia. Neil has pioneered the Satellite PTT technologies in Australia with a focus on public safety and integration into existing p25 Core networks.
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