Coastal Surveillance and VTS


Coastal Surveillance and Vessel Traffic Systems require the integration and presentation of information from many different sources, including primary radar, AIS and CCTV. SPx software provides high-performance software components for system integrators to build integrated radar and video display solutions. With its "modules of expertise" approach, the SPx software simplifies the addition of radar and camera display into new or existing applications.

The SPx software supports the capture of radar video from major radar manufacturers including Kelvin Hughes, Terma, Navico, Raytheon, Sperry, JRC and Furuno. An HPx radar input card may be used to interface to analogue radar video, trigger and turning data or, where network radar video is available (for example in ASTERIX format), this can often be input directly into the SPx software framework. High quality software-based radar scan conversion creates one or more radar images that can easily be combined with charts and graphics from Windows or Linux application software. Primary radar tracking from SPx Server provides radar tracks that may be output into the client application and/or may be fused with AIS data by the SPx Fusion Server software.

Camera video display and camera steering control (including slew-to-cue) is supported by a number of ready-made SPx client display applications, including RadarWatch, VSD and RadarView. By employing the resources of the graphics processor unit (GPU) in modern desktop PCs, the software supports high-performance video decompression and display, including overlay generation.

The capabilities of the SPx software are available to VTS and coastal surveillance system developers in the form of software libraries and complete ready-to-run applications. Cambridge Pixel's ready-made display applications support the display of multiple radar videos, with underlay maps or electronic charts, AIS targets, tracks and video from multiple camera sources.

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