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RIO Compact Radar Processing Systems

RIO

RIO is a family of small, lightweight, cost-effective and ready-to-run systems that address common radar interfacing and processing tasks. Each unit in the RIO range has been designed with a specific task in mind, making it as focused and simple to use as possible.

RIO systems can convert analogue radar signals (video, trigger, ACP and ARP) into network radar video data, and vice versa. They can take in radar video signals or network data and convert them into an RTSP video stream. Alternatively, RIO systems can take in track or plot data and convert it into a radar video output (either network or signals).

The following RIO systems are available:

ProductFunctionInputsOutputs
Radar
Signals
Network
Radar
Radar
Tracks
Radar
Signals
Network
Radar
RTSP
Video
RIO RadarNetAnalogue radar signal to ASTERIX CAT-240 conversion
RIO NetRadarASTERIX CAT-240 network data to radar signal conversion
RIO RadarVisionRadar signal/network input, scan conversion and output as RTSP video stream
RIO TrackNettrack data to network radar video conversion
RIO TrackRadartrack data to radar signal conversion
RIO RadarTestRadar video test pattern generator

Click on a tab below to find out more about the individual RIO systems.

RIO RadarNet

The RIO RadarNet system accepts analogue radar signals (video, trigger and ACP/ARP) as its input and converts them into ASTERIX CAT-240 format network data, which is then distributed via the unit's Ethernet port. The output radar video data may be unicast to a single client or mulitcast to any number of clients.

RadarNet diagram

In addition to providing the analogue to digital conversion capability, RadarNet units can also provide processing, sector blanking and compression. Full-fidelity recording is possible directly to USB attached storage (subject to addtional licensing). Recording may optionally use the lossless Zlib compression to reduce the data rate. Recorded files may be replayed from the RadarNet unit or, alternatively, transferred to another RIO or SPx system for replay.

The RIO system provides dedicated connectors on the rear panel for physically interfacing to the radar signals (video, trigger, ACP and ARP). It also provides an RJ45 connector for the network radar video output and a USB connector for the optional recording.

RIO Rear

As with all RIO systems, RadarNet is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

Other network output data formats may be supported, please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Receives standard radar signals: video, trigger, ACP, ARP
  • Outputs ASTERIX CAT-240 video over network
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • Zlib compression
  • Web interface for control
  • Radar processing including: STC filtering, FTC filtering, flexible lookup table (LUT), clutter processing, dynamic thresholding, interference rejection, sector blanking
  • North referencing from external heading data input
  • Recording to USB media (option)
  • Configurable catpure range (start/end)
  • Minimum 3m range resolution (option for 1.5m)
  • Gain/offset control
  • Range offset (pre-trigger) control
  • Flexible radar signal interfacing, configurable for:
    • single-ended
    • 75 Ohm or high impedence
    • Various voltage levels
    • RS-422
  • NMEA-0183, AIS and ADS-B receipt and distribution

RIO NetRadar

The RIO NetRadar system accepts ASTERIX CAT-240 format network radar video data as it input and outputs analogue radar signals (video, trigger and ACP/ARP). The system may be configured to support numerous combinations of output signal types, voltages and impedances.

NetRadar diagram

In addition to providing the digital to analogue conversion capability, NetRadar units can also support processing, sector blanking, conpression and full-fidelity recording. Recording is possible directly to USB attached storage (subject to addtional licensing). Recording may optionally use the lossless Zlib compression to reduce the data rate. Recorded files may be replayed from the NetRadar unit or, alternatively, transferred to another RIO or SPx system for replay.

As with all RIO systems, NetRadar is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

Other network input data formats may be supported, please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Receives standard ASTERIX CAT-240 video over network
  • Outputs radar signals: video, trigger, ACP, ARP
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • ASTERIX video may be Zlib compressed
  • Web interface for control
  • Radar processing including: STC filtering, FTC filtering, flexible lookup table (LUT), clutter processing, dynamic thresholding, interference rejection, sector blanking
  • North referencing from external heading data input
  • Recording to USB media (option)
  • Flexible radar signal output, configurable for:
    • single-ended
    • 75 Ohm or high impedence
    • Various voltage levels
    • RS-422

RIO RadarVision

The RIO RadarVision system converts radar video data into a stream of video images that may be displayed by a video management system (VMS) supporting RTSP inputs. The RIO RadarVision unit supports the radar acquisition, processing and scan conversion to create a PPI radar image that is then converted into an RTSP video stream. An existing VMS can receive the radar image and display it alongside normal CCTV imagery.

RadarVision diagram

Additionally, the presentation of the radar image may be adjusted from the VMS through a PELCO-D interface (normally associated with video camera control), permitting an operator to pan and zoom the radar imagery as if operating a camera.

RIO RadarVision units can accept radar video as analogue signals (video, trigger, ACP/ARP) or as ASTERIX CAT-240 network data.

As with all RIO systems, RadarVision is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

Network input data formats other than ASTERIX CAT-240 may be supported, please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Receives:
    • standard ASTERIX CAT-240 video over network, or
    • standard radar signals: video, trigger, ACP, ARP
  • Outputs scan-converted radar video as RTSP stream
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • ASTERIX input video may be Zlib compressed
  • Uses H.264 compression for video output
  • Supports Pelco-D interface for control of the radar image
  • Web interface for control
  • Radar processing including: STC filtering, FTC filtering, flexible lookup table (LUT), clutter processing, dynamic thresholding, interference rejection, sector blanking
  • North referencing from external heading data input
  • Recording to USB media (option)
  • Flexible radar signal output, configurable for:
    • single-ended
    • 75 Ohm or high impedence
    • Various voltage levels
    • RS-422

RIO TrackNet

The RIO TrackNet system converts target track information into ASTERIX CAT-240 network video. The unit takes in ASTERIX format plots/tracks, AIS and ADS-B data from the network and uses it as the basis for generating synthetic radar video data.

TrackNet diagram

As with all RIO systems, TrackNet is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

TrackNet may support other network input and output data formats. Please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Receives ASTERIX format plots/tracks, AIS and ADS-B data over network
  • Outputs ASTERIX CAT-240 video over network
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • ASTERIX video may be Zlib compressed
  • Web interface for control
  • North referencing from external heading data input
  • Recording to USB media (option)

RIO TrackRadar

The RIO TrackRadar system converts target track information into ananlgoue radar signals. The unit takes in ASTERIX format plots/tracks, AIS and ADS-B data from the network and uses it as the basis for generating synthetic radar video signals.

TrackRadar diagram

As with all RIO systems, TrackRadar is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

TrackRadar may support other network input data formats, please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Receives ASTERIX format plots/tracks, AIS and ADS-B data over network
  • Outputs radar signals: video, trigger, ACP, ARP
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • Web interface for control
  • North referencing from external heading data input
  • Recording to USB media (option)
  • Flexible radar signal output, configurable for:
    • single-ended
    • 75 Ohm or high impedence
    • Various voltage levels
    • RS-422

RIO RadarTest

The RIO RadarTest system provides a cost-effective source of radar data, as a convenient desktop unit. RadarTest can output radar video test patterns either as network ASTERIX CAT-240 data or as analogue radar signals. This unit is ideal for system developers, installers or maintainers who require a configurable source source of radar video in lieu of a real radar.

RadarTest diagram

RIO RadarTest is supplied with a number of built-in test patterns. For each test pattern, the system allows runtime control of the rotation period, PRF, end range and video amplitude.

As with all RIO systems, RadarTest is controlled remotely via an intuitive web interface. Simply direct a browser at the right address and an interactive control panel will appear. The web interface provides full control over the RIO system and even presents a preview image of the radar video.

RIO Web Interface

RadarTest may support other network output data formats, please contact us for details.

Key Features

  • Small footprint, lightweight turnkey systems
  • Fanless convection cooling
  • Mains input from 100-240V
  • Provides a number of user-selectable test patterns
  • Outputs:
    • standard ASTERIX CAT-240 video over network, or
    • standard radar signals: video, trigger, ACP, ARP
  • Supports UDP unicast and multicast
  • ASTERIX video may be Zlib compressed
  • Web interface for control
  • Flexible radar signal output, configurable for:
    • single-ended
    • 75 Ohm or high impedence
    • Various voltage levels
    • RS-422