The BlighterView HMI provides users with a simple interface to control and view one or more Blighter radars. Additional controls are available for advanced users to optimise the radar settings and the HMI display characteristics for specific applications.
Radar targets are clearly identified as coloured markers overlaid onto a background map with key target characteristics available on a mouse click; including target location, speed and size. The colour of each target marker can be configured to represent target speed and direction or target size, allowing the operator to priorotise the targets to be observed. The user can select the duration of ‘snail-trail’ tracks that are displayed, allowing the path of the target to be plotted and predicted. The BlighterView HMI can control a variety of high-performance camera and thermal imaging systems allowing the user to automatically cue the cameras to the target location.
To enable un-manned operation, the BlighterView HMI includes user-definable alert and exclusion zones. An intruder entering an alert zone will generate a visible and audible alarm thereby alerting the operator to the event. Exclusion zones allow targets to be ignored within defined areas so that they do not distract the operator. Zones may be overlaid and prioritised to select or ignore specific target characteristics such as size and speed.
The BlighterView HMI operates on a standard PC or laptop running Microsoft Windows. Typically, up to six Blighter radars may be displayed simultaneously on a single HMI. Each radar can be controlled independently to optimise it for its environment. For fixed installations each radar may be manually located on the background map, however portable radars may use their internal GPS receivers and compass to locate themselves automatically on the map. A variety of map formats may be loaded into the BlighterView HMI. Formats such as GeoTIFF provide their own calibration data, whereas standard Bitmap images can be calibrated within the BlighterView HMI mapping facility.
Doppler ground surveillance radars such as Blighter provide two key advantages that are provided for by the BlighterView HMI. The ground clutter map produced by the radar shows where it receives radar reflections from static objects within its scan sector. This ground clutter map may be overlaid onto the background map to identify radar shadow areas and help to predict ground cover. The other facility is the ability of a Doppler radar to listen to the Doppler movement signature of targets. The BlighterView HMI allows the user to control the Blighter radar so as to listen to the Doppler movement signature of either a fixed area of land or a swathe of land during a radar scan.
Errors and omissions excepted. Blighter Surveillance Systems reserves the right to modify specifications without notice. Blighter radars are protected by a number of international patents. The Blighter name is an international registered trademark.