Cambridge Pixel Newsletter

Sensor Processing and Display

In This Issue
IFF Tracking and Simulation Enhancements
Radar Trackers for Chinese Airports
Cambridge Pixel in The Parliamentary Review
Continuous Improvement
Quick Links to our Website 
Issue: 30 October 2017
IFF Tracking and Simulation Enhancements

IFF signals may be captured using Cambridge Pixel's HPx series of radar interface cards, and then decoded using the SPx software to extract target ID and altitude. The latest SPx Server and SPx Development releases offer enhanced capabilities.

A core part of these enhancements is in the handling of "garbled" video, where transponder responses from multiple aircraft overlap. The new software now detects and overcomes more types of garbling than before and offers enhanced robustness in the case where the transponders don't reply to certain interrogations (e.g. military), resulting in gaps across the target response. It is also more robust where transient IFF code errors occur on individual azimuths, now ignoring unconfirmed single code changes.

In parallel with these developments we have upgraded our simulation capabilities, enabling SPx Radar Simulator to output IFF video with embedded interrogation mode information.

A white paper discussing our IFF support is available here

Radar Trackers for Chinese Airports

Cambridge Pixel has supplied radar trackers to the Second Research Institute of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAACSRI), for integration into their own modern airport surface movement systems.

Cambridge Pixel's tracker was chosen because of its proven performance and also the ease with which it can be integrated into the wider system, allowing CAACSRI to provide an in-country solution quickly and cost-effectively.

CAACSRI has already deployed the trackers at airports across south west China, including Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, which is a major hub for the region.

For more information about this project see here

For more information about SPx Server see here

Cambridge Pixel in The Parliamentary Review

Cambridge Pixel features alongside Prime Minister Theresa May and a small number of outstanding organisations in the 2016/17 edition of The Parliamentary Review, a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

The Parliamentary Review's director Daniel Yossman was quoted as saying 'Cambridge Pixel and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year's Review possible.'

Our entry in The Parliamentary Review is available to read online here

Continuous Improvement

As part of our commitment to ongoing supply of quality products and first class customer service, we have successfully transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to an ISO 9001:2015 quality management system and have received accreditation from BSI. This is the very latest in quality standards, focusing heavily on identifying risks and mitigating them.

In order to benefit from the latest optimisations and general compiler improvements, the SPx library is now available for Visual Studio 2017. This latest version of Visual Studio features enhanced C++11 and C++14 support, as well as a number of other general Standard Library improvements.

We have also added a registration form to our website, allowing SPx software users to register to receive important software announcements. By registering, you will receive notification of new releases and bug fixes. Please complete the form here to be added onto this mailing list.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Helliar
Cambridge Pixel