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What is ASTERIX?
ASTERIX is a set of Eurocontrol Specifications for the exchange of surveillance information such as radar plots, tracks and video. Different categories are available for different types of information, e.g. CAT-48 for plots and tracks, or CAT-240 for radar video. More information can be found at https://www.eurocontrol.int/asterix.
What is CAT-240?
CAT-240 is a category within the ASTERIX specification which is dedicated to the exchange of radar video data across a network. (Plots and tracks are supported by other categories such as CAT-48.)
What is CAT-48?
CAT-48 is a category within the ASTERIX specification which is dedicated to the exchange of radar plot and track messages, typically across networks. It is usually used in conjunction with CAT-34, the category used for radar status messages. Other categories for radar target messages include CAT-1, CAT-10 and CAT-62, whereas radar video uses CAT-240.
What does PIM stand for?
PIM is an acronym for Polar Interface Module. This is one of the classes (SPxPIM) within Cambridge Pixel’s SPx Development Library and is used for the storage of radar video data for processing and display.
What format of navigation data does the SPx software support?
The SPx software supports the NMEA-0183 standard for navigation data such as position, velocity, heading etc., via either serial or network interfaces (including the LWE lightweight ethernet protocol).
Is it possible to get an electronic version of the documentation?
In addition to printed hard copies of documentation, soft copies of all documents are also available. These are usually in the “Docs” sub-directory of an SPx software installation, or can be requested by emailing [email protected].
What does RPM mean, for example "scan rate up to 120 rpm"?
RPM stands for Revolutions Per Minute. Typically it is used to describe how fast a radar rotates, i.e. how many times it sweeps through 360 degrees in 60 seconds. It is inversely related to the Period.
What does Period mean, for example “a radar period of 2 seconds”?
Period is the number of seconds that an event takes to repeat. It is often used to describe how long a radar takes to sweep through 360 degrees. For example, a 2 second period means a radar rotates completely every 2 seconds, which is the equivalent of a 30RPM rotation rate.
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Where can I find the manual for my SPx software?
Product specific manuals are supplied with purchases of SPx software, but can also be requested directly from our website, or by emailing your request to: [email protected]
Do you have a training course?
Yes, we can offer training courses on Cambridge Pixel’s SPx software products. Please email us to arrange this, providing us with your company name and product of interest.
Do you have Cambridge Pixel's SPx Software Library Training course?
We can offer a training course, yes. Please email us to arrange this, providing us with your company name and country in the first instance?
Do your products work with airborne radar?
The quick and simple answer is yes. This assumes the airborne radar can either provide plot reports (ideally in CAT-48 with CAT-34 status messages, or CAT-1 and CAT-2 resp.), or there is an ICD to enable us to convert a proprietary format to ASTERIX, or can provide analogue or digital radar video that can be processed by our SPx Server to produce ASTERIX plot reports.
SPx Tracker-3D is initially aimed at static radars, such as CUAS, with a roadmap for supporting moving platforms, such as airborne platforms. We have interfaced to many radars, including airborne radars on aerostats including both primary and IFF radars.
How does your software handle the intersection of tracks for collision avoidance purposes?
The SPx Tracker product produces track reports with optional CPA/TCPA (Closest Point of Approach and Time to CPA) values, relative to own ship.
However, we also have a product called the Alarm Server that can be integrated into a solution to provide CPA/TCPA and other alarms for targets.
Which display applications can support the display of S57 Electronic Navigation Charts?
I have two SPx Servers and one SPx Fusion Server on my PC, what physical runtime licence options are there?
Runtime licences can be supplied on one or more USB dongles. Multiple runtime licences for different applications/functionality can be combined in a single USB dongle, and runtime licences for multiple instances of the same application/functionality can be combined in a single USB dongle too. For example one USB dongle can enable two instances of SPx Server and one instance of SPx Fusion Server; or three separate USB dongles can enable each of the two instances of SPx Server and the instance of SPx Fusion Server respectively. Any USB port(s) on the host computer can be used for any of the USB dongles. See document reference CP-25-110-13.
Runtime licences can be supplied as licence files. Multiple runtime licences for different applications/functionality can be combined in a single licence file, and runtime licences for multiple instances of the same application/functionality can be combined in a single licence file. For example one licence file could enable two instances of SPx Server and one instance of SPx Fusion Server, or three separate licence files can enable each of two instances of SPx Server and the instance of SPx Fusion Server. A runtime licence file has an associated host MAC address. Multiple runtime licence files can use the same host MAC address. Host MAC addresses from any valid adaptor, e.g. Ethernet, Wireless including WLAN and WI-FI, Bluetooth can be used for any of the runtime licence files. See document reference CP-25-110-12
Are there any export restrictions on Cambridge Pixel products?
With only one or two exceptions, Cambridge Pixel’s products are not subject to UK export control. However, Cambridge Pixel may be unable to supply its products to countries which are subject to UK Government sanctions or other special measures.
Which browsers do you support in your web-enabled clients?
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