Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display and aircraft tracking systems, has announced that it has developed a new Windows PC application that displays data from co-operating ADS-B receivers aboard both manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ASD-View has been developed to meet increasing demand for an ADS-B viewer from oil & gas platforms, port and harbour authorities and other maritime and surveillance applications.
ASD-View takes in ADS-B data streams and converts the reports into track symbols that are geo-referenced and overlaid on a map. The software is compatible with a range of ADS-B decoders, supporting ASTERIX CAT-21, AVR, BEAST, AirNav and 112-bit raw formats, and supports land-based installations as well as maritime and offshore platforms where positional information is encoded in an NMEA 0183 stream. Software components for ADS-B decoding and visualisation have been made available for developers via Cambridge Pixel’s SPx development software.
Cambridge Pixel has also developed the ASD-100 Air Situation Display, a PC-based air surveillance display application which expands on the capabilities of ASD-View. It provides operators with a complete and integrated picture of everything in the skies, including military and commercial air traffic. ASD-100 incorporates primary and secondary IFF radar, underlay maps, and target tracks, and can show any combination of primary, IFF and fused tracks. It allows user definition of alarm areas and alarm conditions in order to provide early detection of dangers or events of interest, as well as viewing of flight plans for specific targets.
Richard Warren, director of software at Cambridge Pixel, commented: “With the increasing adoption of ADS-B technology, by which aircraft transmit position and status information, the desire to incorporate this data into surveillance and maritime environments continues to grow.
“ASD-View provides a clean, simple and versatile display application, with the option to upgrade to the enhanced capabilities of our ASD-100 air situation display application, if desired. The ASD-100 permits ADS-B data to be combined with primary radar and tracks for a fully fused integrated air picture of both cooperating and non-cooperating targets.”
“Where ASD-View provides a visualisation capability for ADS-B tracks, our ASD-100 product expands the capabilities to include primary and IFF radar and derived track data. ASD-100 can therefore be used as part of a comprehensive upgrade of legacy air defence processing and display systems, which may also include replacement of legacy track extractor hardware. Such upgrades are predominantly software based, making them cost-effective and future-proof.”