Saab ATM uses RadarView software from Cambridge Pixel for surface movement radar

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Saab Air Traffic Management (ATM) engineers chose the RadarView radar visualization software from Cambridge Pixel to support integration and optimization of its SR-3 Airport Surface Movement Radar (SMR).

The experts wanted a tool that received ASTERIX CAT-240 network video and then scan-converted this into a plan position indicator (PPI) image that could then be overlaid with map data.

After the Saab engineers used the RadarView software to develop and deploy its new SR-3 solid state X-band , they decided to use RadarView running on a laptop as a way to bring up the transceiver before the rest of the infrastructure was in place. This enabled the radar to be placed in service faster.

engineers then extended the RadarView software to add new features requested by Saab, such as enhanced analysis and recording of selected areas of video (min, max, average, standard deviation) in addition to support for user-defined maps and slant-range projection of the , which compensates for a radar located on a tower or airport infrastructure.

The SR-3 is Saab’s third-generation solid state SMR and complies with applicable () and EUROCAE standards with raw video output in industry standard ASTERIX CAT-240 format. The SR-3 has the antenna, transceiver and radar data processor in one package for airports that need to replace existing SMRs, augment coverage due to growth or are deploying an SMR for the first time.

RadarView is a Windows application that receives, processes, and scan converts multiple channels of radar video in PPI (plan position indicator) view. For more specialist requirements the software supports B-Scan and A-Scan formats - the latter is especially useful for radar configuration and set-up.

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