Primagraphics Introduces Radar Video Processor at Maastricht

2/26/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, is premiering its RVP (Radar Video Processor) family, a new generation of high performance radar acquisition, tracking and distribution servers in PCI and VME form factors, to the world's air traffic control industry at ATC Maastricht in the Netherlands from 18-20 February 2003.

"RVP 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," said John Hunter, sales and marketing director, Primagraphics. "Maastricht is an excellent event and a great show at which to premiere this new product family."

RVP's integrated software 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.

Primagraphics will also announce at the show that it has secured its first sale of RVP technology to the Sensis Corporation's Air Traffic Systems division (DeWitt, New York). Sensis has purchased off-the-shelf video processing technology to support the development of a new video processor for the ASDE-3 (airport surface detection equipment) radar, which is being integrated into the ASDE-X system architecture.

"We are delighted to be announcing an important new development contract from the Sensis Corporation at this year's event," added John Hunter. "We are providing Sensis with software modules from our new RVP product family to support processing of ASDE-3 video. The modules will perform clutter processing and plot extraction with the resulting data being fed into Sensis' Multi-sensor Fusion Processor."

Primagraphics is also showcasing its Centurion digital radar recorder, a COTS-based digital radar recorder and display unit designed for use in a wide range of military and civil applications including radar system testing and training & simulation. The Centurion unit is a self-contained, menu-controlled system, which comes complete with a built-in radar display. It will support analogue input with standard ACP/ARP turning interfaces as well as digital input from ASDE-3 radar.

Maastricht has become the annual meeting place for the worldwide ATC and ATM industry. Over the last 13 year's ATC Maastricht has attracted the world's leading suppliers of ATC and ATM equipment and services alongside the key specifiers and buyers in the market. This culminates in the most comprehensive event for this industry in the world. The show now attracts over 2260 visitors from over 70 countries worldwide.

Primagraphics manufactures a broad range of products applicable to ATC and military radar and video applications, and this breadth enables the company to provide end-to-end COTS solutions for radar distribution, radar tracking, radar scan conversion, radar and TV video recording and display. Its systems are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI and PMC formats, is a recognised 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. As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements.

Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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