Engineers at Marico Marine asked for a software-based radar tracker to be integrated with its new vessel traffic service (VTS) system in Dover.

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The software also had to be highly configurable, in order to support the tracking of small and large vessels at short and long range, and enable the suppression of radar returns and tracks from terrain and harbour artefacts, to minimise false alarms. Radar recording for training and incident analysis was also a necessity.

For the Port of Dover installation, Cambridge Pixel has supplied for radar video tracking and distribution, as well as display of scan converted radar video. The technology will interact with the radars using their network connections and will accept input from an AIS receiver. The solution will also provide high quality radar video pre-processing to optimise tracking performance.

The radar installation aspires to detect commercial and smaller private ships at a significant distance from the port as well as monitoring the movement of vessels within the harbour.

David Johnson, CEO, Cambridge Pixel, stated:

We are delighted to see our radar trackers and display software deployed to improve the safety at Europe's busiest ferry port. The radars with our trackers and display software will link to CCTV cameras to give Port Control Officers greater ability to track, target, record and intercept vessels navigating dangerously

Cambridge Pixel's technology can be used used in naval, air traffic control, vessel traffic, commercial shipping, security, surveillance and airborne radar applications.