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CAMBRIDGE, UK, March 4, 2002 - Primagraphics (, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has won a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to supply its Centurion commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) digital radar recorder and display unit.

Engineers at the FAA's facility in Oklahoma City needed a cost-effective portable recorder to capture ASDE-3 (airport surface detection equipment) radar video at its various sites across the United States. Once collected the digital data may be replayed into standard ASDE-3 display and processing equipment for testing or analysis.

Jeff Lyons, ASDE-3 operations project lead engineer, said: "Centurion offers advantages over conventional radar recorders as it records data digitally enabling the data to be replayed many times without degradation or loss of quality. It also includes the facility to re-construct the recorded radar signal which is useful for test applications. This is a company that looks out for the customer."

Centurion is supplied to the FAA as a stand alone system packaged in a rugged, transportable enclosure making it quick and easy to set up in the field. The self-contained, menu controlled system comes complete with a built-in radar display.

Centurion is available to support a range of radar input formats, including specialized interfaces such as ASDE-3, and ACP/ARP inputs.

Commenting on the new contract, David Johnson, North American technical support manager, Primagraphics, said: "We are delighted to be working with the FAA and this contract demonstrates our growing stature in providing air traffic control radar video recording and processing solutions."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for the VME, PCI and Compact PCI bus, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at

For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics (

Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for the VME, PCI and Compact PCI bus is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks.

As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. The company offers a full turnkey service to its clients (companies such as BAE SYSTEMS, EDO Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) including hardware, systems integration, standard and customised software, technical expertise and support.

Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA (Amherst, MA) and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Media contacts:

Martin Brooke (UK)
Martin Brooke Associates
+44 (0) 1223 264050

John Hunter
+44 (0) 1763 852222

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