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30 July, 2019 - 20:20 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge radar technology boosts safety at Port of Dover

Cambridge Pixel has supplied  radar video trackers and display technology to Marico Marine as part of a major investment by the Port of Dover into safety systems at the ferry port.

Engineers at Marico Marine needed a low cost, open, software-based radar tracker for integration with its new vessel traffic service (VTS) system in Dover. 

The tracker had to work seamlessly with a range of proprietary radars and delivered plot merging capability to combine multiple echoes from large ship reflections into single plots.

The software also needed to be highly configurable to support the tracking of small and large vessels at short and long range and to allow the suppression of radar returns and tracks from terrain and harbour artefacts, such as buoys, to minimise false alarms. Radar recording for training and incident analysis was also a prerequisite.

Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port with 1,760 commercial shipping, 36,331 ferry and around 9,500 leisure craft movements passing through the port during 2017. 

The radar installation is designed to detect commercial and smaller private vessels at a significant distance from the port as well as monitoring the movement of vessels within the harbour.

David Johnson, CEO, Cambridge Pixel, said: “We are delighted to see our radar trackers and display software deployed to improve the safety at Europe’s busiest ferry port. 

“The radars with our trackers and display software will link to CCTV cameras to give Port Control Officers greater ability to track, target, record and intercept vessels navigating dangerously.”

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