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21 January, 2021 - 21:31 By Tony Quested

Cambridge Pixel radar technology closes net on pirates and smugglers

Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, has opened up new markets with a fresh technology uptick.

The company has introduced its Maritime Display Framework (MDF), an out-of-the-box software application that provides a set of core capabilities to enable maritime integrators to accelerate the development of ARPA (automatic radar plotting aid) radar display consoles.

The new software provides a .NET framework, optionally with source code, that can be used as the starting point for a custom ship-based application, providing a whole new box of tricks.

The MDF software can receive radar video from a variety of maritime radar sensors including Furuno, Hensoldt, JRC, Koden, Raymarine, Raytheon, Simrad, Sperry and Terma.

There are many new and upgraded capabilities but, importantly, camera video is supported for situations where a customer requires an integrated radar and camera display for security against piracy and smugglers.

David Johnson, CEO of Cambridge Pixel, said: “Using the MDF framework application with source code, developers can significantly accelerate the time to develop a customer application. 

“The software offers a fully-functional out-of-the-box display application in a development environment so that customised displays can easily be created.”

A marine radar with automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA) capability can create tracks using radar contacts. The system can calculate the tracked object’s course, speed and CPA, detecting if there is a danger of collision with the other ship or landmass. 

Marine radars with ARPA are used on numerous commercial vessels including cargo ships, passenger ferries, trawlers, superyachts and tankers.

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