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Software interface for training simulators

VSTEP reports that it has developed a software interface for IMO Type Approved radar and chart radar systems, for training purposes.

The company says that this should allow for radar and ECDIS training on real radar and ECDIS systems instead of emulated systems, and should also allow for radar quality enhancements on all simulator types.

For example, for ECDIS training in a classroom set-up, one instructor can provide a large number of trainee radar systems with radar video and NMEA data input, while showing the outside view and navigation instruments on a projection screen.

VSTEP says that the software interface also allows 'no-brand' radar simulators to be replaced with real Type Approved radar systems, still running on a standard PC, without any need for special interface hardware.

Some of VSTEP’s Full Mission Bridge Simulator clients have already been upgraded with Type Approved radar systems from Kelvin Hughes and MARIS, to benefit from this new system.

The Kelvin Hughes and MARIS ECDIS systems can show the NAUTIS radar video as an overlay on the chart view, satisfying a recommendation from the IMO in the new ECDIS Model Course 1.27, published in July 2012.

“We wanted to provide our customers with ha igh quality yet affordable solution for all their radar/ARPA and ECDIS training requirements, running on standard PCs which can be bought anywhere in the world,” said Pjotr van Schothorst, VSTEP’s CTO.

“We have been working on this solution for over two years, and there is a lot of clever software behind all this, yet it is all made available with a very simple Windows style user interface. The radar video is created in NAUTIS using a realistic radar ray-casting simulation process. All land objects like hills, buildings and port cranes, and all vessels show up on the radar at exactly the same place as in the 3D outside view environment of NAUTIS.”

“New vessels and new port environments can soon be created by clients themselves using the NAUTIS Port Creator software, and will also show up automatically on the radar video image.”

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