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Frequently Asked Questions

This page features the frequently asked questions that we receive from our customers related to Cambridge Pixel products and services. If you need help and support, please get in touch with us at: [email protected]


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What support does VSD have for video tracking? 

VSD has the option for a built-in video tracker and supports interfaces to a number of third-party video trackers including Vision 4CE

For counter-UAV applications, where Radar, RF detector, camera and jammer are used - what is the ideal management software? 

We have a display application called VSD, which could be useful for this.

What radars does VSD support? 

Cambridge Pixel supports a wide range of radar types and most of these are supported within VSD. For applications of security and drone detection radars from Echodyne, Blighter, Navtech, Navico, Furuno, Spotter-RF are relevant. A key feature of Cambridge Pixel’s solution is that the processing and display capabilities are independent of the radar sensor. This makes it possibly to deploy different radars in different situations, whilst retaining the same software architecture.

How should I choose between VSD and RadarWatch for a Coastal Surveillance application? 

Whilst VSD and RadarWatch have overlapping features, VSD is simpler to operate and is aimed at smaller mobile or single operator systems, systems which require integration with a video tracker, laser range finder, RFDF sensor or other such accessories, or ‘camera only’ systems.  RadarWatch is designed for more complex larger systems with multiple operators, multiple long range radars, more complex alarm handling, and where ENC chart support is required.

Can VSD support proprietary plot and track reports ? 

VSD supports the receipt of track reports, which can be used to trigger alarms, control cameras and laser range finders.

Proprietary plot and track formats can be converted using SPx Track Manager

SPx Server and SPx Tracker-3D can be used to generate track reports from plot reports.

Can VSD be customised? 

There are a significant number of capabilities in VSD that can be customised, including the display presentation and controls. Support for new devices can be added as needed by our engineering team.

What cameras are supported by VSD? 

VSD supports industry-standard camera interfaces based on PELCO-D and ONVIF. Camera control can be manual using a physical joystick or on-screen controls, or cameras may be controlled automatically to follow a detected radar track. A video tracker can be incorporated to permit camera control direct from the camera video.  Using the optional SPx Camera Manager software, camera control can be shared and prioritised between multiple display applications.

Does VSD display mapping information? 

Yes, VSD shows a georeferenced map to indicate the position of radars, cameras and targets of interest. Maps are automatically downloaded from an active internet connection (or can be cached to permit operation without an internet connection) or custom maps can be loaded.

Can VSD be used to locate a target with radar and then follow with camera video? 

Yes, this is a typical application for VSD. A wide range of radar types are supported as input. Once acquired on radar, a camera may then be moved to the reported position and the camera position updated from each radar detection. This is called slew-to-cue.