Raytheon Anschütz has announced the launch of the new Radar NX, a revolutionary navigational radar and chart radar software. The user interface concept of Radar NX perfectly matches the UI of the new ECDIS NX, which has earned user feedback of an unparalleled intuitiveness in use after presentation last year.
In times of ongoing digitalisation aboard, navigators and shipowners name standardisation and simplification of indications and operations together with self-explaining, easy-to-use user interfaces at the top of their wish list. Further, IMO said that future improvements to the bridge navigation system should be aligned with “user need” and take into account the “human element”.
This is not surprising as human error – for example false situation assessment and wrong decision making caused by poor or inconsistent presentation of data or confusing operation – has been named in many investigations as a main reason for accidents in global shipping.
With the introduction of the next-generation ‘NX’ software, Raytheon Anschütz steps ahead with intuitive and consistent user interfaces and operation concepts. The software is further designed to meet the expectations of the operators and to support their common interaction patterns with regard to daily tasks and use cases.
The software is also flexible to adapt to new use cases or integrate new functions, without overloading the display or overwhelming the user – important prerequisites in times of a growing scope of digital functionalities on the bridge.
Besides an unparalleled intuitiveness use, ECDIS NX includes smart functionality to simplify routines on the bridge. For example, users can hide panels with indications or operation controls to have a maximised chart window in support of route monitoring tasks. As another example, route planning is now a wizard-guided process and further utilises intuitive principles such as drag-and-drop for waypoints. Other feature enhancements include a self-explaining route manager and comprehensive voyage planning tools including interfaces to ship-shore data exchange.
Radar NX delivers optimised performance in tracking and anti-clutter processing. It can also include an advanced, smart radar video merging function, which integrates the video of multiple radar transceivers into a single, unobstructed radar video. The optimised grouping of data and current settings provides operators with clear situation awareness. Operators benefit from a superior non-distracted overview, situation awareness and a fast interpretation of the radar picture. The software is scalable to include additional functionality beyond basic IMO standards to support special customer requirements such as helicopter tracking and guidance.
The new Synapsis NX application also includes highly integrated INS functions, such as radar/AIS target management, alert management or sensor integrity monitoring as a standard.
Raytheon Anschütz builds the new software applications on the technical foundation provided by the Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS). This means the new applications include the highly integrated INS functions, such as radar/AIS target management, alert management or sensor integrity monitoring as a standard.