I make chart software
(much like OpenCPN) and overlay radar
data on top of the chart. Currently, I plug
the analog video signal from the radar
into a very expensive "radar server" that crunches the analog video data and outputs nice digital scan lines onto the network via ethernet. I plug
in my computer, connect to the IP address of the radar server and plot the lines.
Thus, I display radar data on my own software
Does anyone know any alternative to this system? It's closed and expensive.
I'm seeing many radar units now that output something digital directly to the network via ethernet. eg: this Furuno model
However, I called them and some other manufactures to ask what format the data is output and if they offer an SDK to help write code to use the data. The answer was No. You can ONLY plug these units into a matching display made by Furuno
, you cannot get this data into your own viewer or software.
Am I wrong here? Is anyone making a digital radar unit that does not require an extra expensive box to digitize and use?
Thanks for any suggestions!