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CAMBRIDGE, UK, February 20, 2003 - Primagraphics (,
the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has been awarded a
contract by the Sensis Corporation (, to supply its
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) RVP (radar video processor) technology.

Primagraphics technology will support the development of airport surface
detection equipment (ASDE) designed to cut the growing number of runway
incidents at busy commercial airports. In the USA, the number of runway
incursions jumped from 186 in 1993 to 322 in 1999.

Sensis is the prime contractor for the United States Federal Aviation
Administration's ASDE-X program. ASDE-X is an integrated airport surface
management system designed to provide seamless coverage and aircraft
identification (tags) to air traffic controllers.

Engineers at Sensis Corporation's Air Traffic Systems division (DeWitt, New
York), needed to find off-the-shelf video processing technology to support
the development of a new video processor for the ASDE-3 radar, which is
being integrated into the ASDE-X system architecture. Primagraphics
provided software modules from its new RVP product family to support
processing of ASDE-3 video. The modules perform clutter processing and plot
extraction with the resulting data being fed into Sensis' Multi-sensor
Fusion Processor.

Commenting on the contract, Jeff Thompson, Sensis program manager, said: "We
have been impressed by Primagraphics' technical capability, the flexibility
of its RVP technology and the support provided by engineers to ensure that
the modules supplied were successfully integrated into our solution."

Primagraphics' RVP product family represents the latest generation of
COTS-based solutions for primary radar video distribution, plot extraction
and target tracking. The RVP family is designed to provide a flexible,
modular, cost-effective solution to a number of demanding applications
including specialist air traffic control, aircraft ground movement, coastal
surveillance and naval tracking systems.

David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "Airport surface
radar will become increasingly important as airport authorities seek to
prevent runway incursions and minimise delays caused by bad weather. This
latest contract with Sensis demonstrates our ability to provide flexible and
competitive COTS solutions for air traffic control markets."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and
display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME,
PCI and PMC formats, 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 Sensis ( )

Sensis Corporation provides sensors and information technology to the
world's militaries, civil aviation authorities, airports and airlines. The
company designs, manufactures and installs multilateration/ADS-B ground
stations for air and surface surveillance, and sensor data interface
equipment for integrating new and legacy surveillance and automation
systems. Sensis Corporation's equipment is deployed around the world,
including more than 130 multilateration/ADS-B sensors and 700 sensor data
interface devices in 25 countries on 5 continents.

About Primagraphics ( )

Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems
for VME, PCI and PMC formats, 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. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located
at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA
(Charlottesville, VA) and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide.
Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Media contacts:

Martin Brooke

PR for Primagraphics

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 264050


John Hunter


Tel: +44 (0) 1763 852222


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