|[February 26, 2013]
Cambridge Pixel Unveils SPx Simulator to Test and Validate Complex Primary Radar Display Applications
CAMBRIDGE, England --(Business Wire)--
Cambridge Pixel (www.cambridgepixel.com),
a developer of sensor processing and display solutions, has unveiled its
SPx Simulator, a cost-effective software tool enabling developers of
complex primary radar display applications to test and validate systems
in advance of final integration.
The sophisticated SPx Simulator software builds on Cambridge Pixel's
established SPx radar processing library to provide a flexible tool for
system developers allowing multi-radar simulations or scenarios to be
constructed including terrain effects, primary radar targets, secondary
targets (AIS, IFF, ADS-B) and navigation data. The output of the
simulator is a network stream of one or more primary videos in either
SPx or Asterix formats, along with synchronised AIS tracks, primary
tracks and NMEA 0183 navigation data.
SPx Simulator is aimed at developers of military and commercial radar
display applications including Command and Control (C2) systems,
Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) for commercial
ships, and vessel traffic service (VTS) systems for monitoring marine
traffic. It can also be used for tracker configuration, operator
training or to demonstrate the possible radar clutter or expected radar
coverage for a given location.
David Johnson, managing director, Cambridge Pixel, said: "The ability to
test and validate complex radar display applications is a real problem
for many of our C2, ECDIS and VTS customers as often they only get to
test their systems with live data a few weeks before the project is
"The SPx simulator has been developed to meet this challenge and uses
altitude, beamwidth and pulse length considerations in its calculations
to create highly realistic radar returns from multiple radar sources.
It's a de-riskig tool as it allows developers to create repeatable,
synchronised data sets for system testing and validation in advance of
the final integration and to iron out data flow issues before connecting
to the live radar source."
The SPx Simulator utilises terrain elevation data from NASA's 'Shuttle
Radar Topography Mission' and includes tiled maps and world vector
shoreline displays to add context to the radar video being displayed. A
Windows user-interface allows complex motions of targets and radar to be
created, including effects of terrain on both the visibility of targets
and the appearance of the primary radar. A radar display is built-in to
the program to show the simulated radar video instantly.
"This is a sophisticated application which further demonstrates our
commitment to our customers and our flexibility to respond to technical
challenges posed by those using the SPx toolkit to develop their radar
display applications," added David Johnson.
SPx Simulator is part of Cambridge Pixel's world-leading SPx suite of
software libraries and applications which provide highly flexible,
ready-to-run software products or 'modules-of-expertise' for radar
visualisation, radar video distribution, plot extraction and target
tracking. This provides a powerful set of processing and display
components for capture and presentation of radar video using the
capabilities of modern multi-core processors and graphics processor
Cambridge Pixel's engineering team has decades of experience of
developing complex radar processing and display systems for naval, air
traffic control, vessel traffic, Electronic Chart Display and
Information Systems (ECDIS), security and airborne radar applications.
For more information on Cambridge Pixel's SPx Simulator software and its
range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, please visit www.cambridgepixel.com
or call: +44 (0) 1763 852749 or email: email@example.com.
To download a datasheet on the SPx Simulator, follow this link:
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