What is the IDL Symposium? The International Data Link Symposium is the annual gathering of the data link community. It showcases an international consortium of independent government and industry organisations. This annual 3-day event is a combination of exhibits, briefings and educational events in a Government/military-Industry environment. Who Sponsors the Symposium? The IDLS is sponsored by the data links community. The International Data Links Society (IDLSoc) was founded to promote interoperability and provide a single event that brings together all of the experts from the data links community in one place as a resource for new data links programs and a forum for exchanging the latest advances in interoperability and data links technology. Where is the next IDL Symposium ? The next International Data Links Symposium is being held in Abu Dhabi, UAEM from 30th October - 2th November 2017. IDLS 2017 Theme “Coalition Operations: Overcoming Today’s Operational Challenges Using Tactical Data Links”
Conflicts around the globe have brought about a number of challenges in relation to how national, NATO and regional collation forces can defend their own interests, by sharing information in and around the battlespace. TDL based systems have been used in many operational environments to counter threats, and have been developed over time to support collaborative information exchanges. As we reflect on use through recent conflicts, the Symposium will ask whether our TDL operational doctrine is fit for purpose, whether the TDL standards need further updating and whether our TDL systems are truly interoperable and equipped for operational use. Further Information on IDLS 2017 Information and registration details can be accessed here.