BARCO’s Radar Display Subsystems Selected by INDRA for Madrid Airport Approach System Upgrade

WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 1997 -- BARCO Display Systems proudly announces the first phase delivery of a contract worth over 800.000 USD to supply commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radar display subsystems to INDRA in Spain. INDRA will integrate the BARCO 2K subsystems into their ATC operator workstations. Shipments of the remaining BARCO subsystems for INDRA are scheduled to be completed by the end of 1997. To meet the demanding requirements of the air traffic management market, BARCO has designed a high performance COTS graphics display system with an open architecture approach, while complying to industry software and hardware standards without compromising the graphics performance.
The BARCO radar display subsystems that will be supplied for the upgrade of the Approach System of Barajas Airport in Madrid, incorporate a SPARC8 VT processor, BARCO’s powerful 2K IVS 4610 graphics controller and 2K radar scan converter. The system also includes a hard disk, power supply, keyboard and mouse. The IVS4610 graphics controller offers superior X-windows performance, which is extremely critical for real-time ATC applications. The BARCO 2K radar scan converter converts raw radar data into high resolution rasterized RGB data, and allows the display of high-resolution radar images with color graphics over- and/or underlay.

A major decision factor for INDRA to select BARCO for Madrid’s Barajas Airport, was the unique capability to integrate radar and synthetic data processing within the X-windows environment. The BARCO IVS architecture allows the combination of radar data with other synthetic data via digital mixing, which offers very high video quality, and guarantees that radar data can be displayed in real time without compromising the graphics performance. Other decision factors were BARCO’s experience in both ATC subsystem and radar scan converter integration, and BARCO’s worldwide support capabilities.

About BarcoView:
BarcoView with operation facilities in Kortrijk (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon (USA) designs and manufactures high-resolution display systems, displays, graphics controllers and display subsystems for highly demanding niche markets such as C4I, avionics, vessel and air traffic control, vehicle electronics, and medical imaging applications.

Alongside Barco Projection Systems and BarcoVision, BarcoView is one of the three strategic activities of the BARCO Group, which are all active in Image Processing. Barco Projection is in various markets of large screen visualization, whereas BarcoVision develops systems for visual inspection and quality control. In 2000, the entire BARCO group delivered a turnover of euro 751 million. BARCO has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in 97 countries throughout the world. BARCO has been quoted on the Brussels Stock Exchange since 1986, and is now quoted on Brussels/Euronext. BARCO is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company and is member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

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