Primagraphics launches new generation of COTS primary radar tracking & distribution systems

1/14/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist (, has launched its RVP (Radar Video Processor) family, a new generation of high performance radar acquisition, tracking and distribution servers in PCI and VME form factors.

The RVP family is designed to provide a flexible, modular, cost-effective, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution to a number of demanding applications including specialist air traffic control, aircraft ground movement, coastal surveillance and naval tracking systems.

Based on field-proven solutions for radar acquisition and processing, RVP builds on Primagraphics' experience in offering integrated and OEM-level solutions. Modular software design and open-systems hardware allows a rich set of capabilities to be provided in a compact and cost-effective form-factor built on standard COTS hardware platforms.

RVP has at its core a set of integrated software modules, which work on industry-standard operating systems and computing platforms to ensure that systems can be upgraded and maintained over their operating life.

These modules provide radar video acquisition, clutter processing, cell averaging CFAR (constant false alarm rate), detection radar video distribution on a local area network (LAN), radar video recording on a local disk, plot extraction, automatic target acquisition, target tracking, radar video plan position indicator display engineering and control interface, and network control.

Three baseline RVP system configurations are available at the time of the launch - RVP Video Server, RVP Plot Extractor and RVP Tracker. For each configuration, options exist for both packaging and functional enhancements to provide additional capabilities for radar video recording and display.

RVP servers are designed to work both with Primagraphics' extensive range of radar client solutions and in standalone configurations. Three packaging options are available for the baseline configurations - industrial (4U 19 inch rack mount system); Naval (ruggedized naval quality enclosure); or OEM card supply (6U single-slot VME card).

Primagraphics is a recognized leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defense systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at Contact Primagraphics in North America by phone on 434 951 9460, by post to 1000 Research Park Blvd., Suite 106, Charlottesville, VA 22911, USA, or by email to:

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI and PMC formats, is a recognized leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA (Charlottesville, VA) and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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