Cambridge Pixel unveils USVx radar display for unmanned surface vehicle (USV) market

Cambridge Pixel has launched USVx, a new radar display application to control radar sensors and tracking functions on unmanned or autonomous surface vehicles (USV/ASVs), the company said.

Cambridge Pixel´s USVx radar display software is targeted at USV developers and manufacturers. USVx provides an integrated display picture of radar, tracks, AIS (automatic identification system) data, context maps and NMEA-0183 navigation data from the USV.

USVx provides a graphical user interface designed for use with touchscreens that allows the operator to change range scale, control the operation of the radar and tracker remotely, and monitor alarms and track reports. Fusion software enables AIS reports to be combined with radar tracks.

USVs are vehicles that operate on the surface of the water without a crew and are controlled from a ground station or a mothership. A typical surveillance USV is a sensor-rich platform with capabilities for self-guidance and automatic decision making. Radar is the key sensor for most ASV applications as it provides the data to steer its course and avoid obstacles.

The market for USVs is growing rapidly, driven by demand from navies and commercial enterprises worldwide for more effective maritime security to combat terrorism, piracy and smuggling, to protect of shallow waters and ports, and for environmental monitoring.

Cambridge Pixel is a developer of radar display, tracking and recording subsystems with technology used in naval, air traffic control, vessel traffic, commercial shipping, security, surveillance and airborne radar applications.