PC-based FMCW radar for diverse applications

Simrad’s BR24PC SDK could be used as a key component of offshore surveillance systems used to monitor oil field safety, or ensure effective border control monitoring and policing. The system can also be utilised as a portable radar display for temporary or covert surveillance applications.
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Simrad has launched its BR24PC Software Development Kit (SDK) for military, commercial, surveillance and marine applications.

The new BR24PC SDK gives OEM developers the ability to integrate the award-winning Simrad Broadband Radar with a range of on-land and marine applications, and to receive and manipulate Broadband Radar data on a PC Windows platform, without the need of a Simrad display.


Simrad's revolutionary Broadband Radar was introduced to the recreational marine market in 2009. Utilising solid-state technology similar to that used in military and IMO-certified radar applications, it remains unlike anything else on the market. Emitting less radiation than a mobile phone and delivering superior target definition and separation inside 30m, it has been heralded as one of the most revolutionary product developments in recent years, winning several international awards and industry accolades.

The further development of this impressive technology for use on PC-based systems opens up the market to a wide spectrum of potential applications. New potential applications include land/sea security, unmanned vessels, military (stationary and moving), river navigation, boundary surveillance, fish farm monitoring, oil rig ship docking management, and many others.

BR24PC SDK works with an off-the-shelf Simrad Broadband Radar meaning there is no special model to purchase. The BR24PC system is available with two levels of functionality and requires unique unlock codes, for either basic level (LL1), or advanced control (LL2) operation.

In marine navigation, Simrad Broadband Radar with BR24PC SDK delivers a computer-aided marine navigation system that combines PC-based radar, Marine Automated Radar Plotting Aids (MARPA) and modern electronic charting technology to create a state-of-the-art, cost-effective navigation system that offers powerful, simultaneous collision and grounding avoidance. It is ideal for small boat applications such as search and rescue, coast guard and pilot boats.

Aside from marine applications, BR24PC SDK can also be adapted for a number of military, commercial or surveillance markets. For example, it could be used as a key component of offshore surveillance systems used to monitor oil field safety, or ensure effective border control monitoring and policing. The system can also be utilised as a portable radar display for temporary or covert surveillance applications.

Approved third parties can obtain a licence to BR24PC SDK to create PC-based applications for the Broadband Radar. All enquiries can be directed to: Mark Hartnett – mark.hartnett(at)navico.com

The further development of the award-winning Simrad Broadband Radary for use on PC-based systems opens up the market to a wide spectrum of potential applications, including land/sea security, unmanned vessels, military (stationary and moving), river navigation, boundary surveillance, fish farm monitoring, oil rig ship docking management, and many others.
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Further information:
Navico Australia – (02) 9936 1000 or visit: www.simrad-yachting.com
Navico is one of the world's leading manufacturers of marine electronics and the parent company to renowned brands: B&G, Lowrance and Simrad. Visit www.navico.com to find out about our full range of products, including our revolutionary broadband radar and HDS integrated navigation system.
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