Cambridge Pixel, a UK- based small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) specialising in the development of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems has launched a new air defence tracker for E-scan (electronic) radars.
“The new SPx Tracker-3D is a primary/IFF radar tracker, with automatic track initiation that takes in plots (rather than video) from the sensor to create and maintain tracks, which can be output in ASTERIX format for external display or fusion processing,” according to a company press release. “The software is capable of tracking up to 4,000 targets and allows users to configure target dynamics and heights appropriately, associating new plots with existing tracks, so that positions can be accurately updated using a Kalman filter. This is essential to ensure that noise from the measurement and possible manoeuvres of the targets are taken into account, filtering to accommodate varying degrees of uncertainty in the measurement process. Where new plots cannot be associated with existing tracks they become candidates for new tracks that can be promoted, after a period of confidence build-up.”
According to the company, the SPx Tracker-3D is compatible with Windows 10 (or later) and Linux, has a browser-based interface for initial configuration and reads terrain data at start-up to define the 3D space surrounding the sensor, assessing whether targets are likely to be lost because of the terrain. Operators are able to move the viewpoint in real-time to help inspect targets, enjoying visualisation of plots, tracks, terrain and the associated configuration data.
Richard Warren, Technical Director at Cambridge Pixel, said: “Airborne targets of interest are getting smaller and more agile, so using advanced tracking software is key to operational superiority in air defence.
“This new 3D tracker takes in plot detections with variable update rates, allowing for a greater granularity of information on key targets such as position, size, height and other statistics derived from the radar data, enhancing one’s air defence capabilities. Our software is highly flexible and can work with a wide range of commercial and military radars to assist our customers in providing effective security, and to combat an increase in terrorism, smuggling, piracy and insurgency.”
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