EXTON, PA--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2013) - Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) today announced that it won the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Philadelphia Section's 2013 Corporate Technology Innovation award. AGI has developed software that predicts the impact of proposed and existing wind farms on the performance of radar systems, allowing for risk reduction in our nation's defensive efforts while saving money in the wind farm siting process. The large, rapidly-moving blades of wind farm turbines have tips that can move at velocities of up to a few hundred miles per hour. This can result in Doppler-shifted radar signals that mimic aircraft or even a stationary tornado. This interference results in degraded radar performance that could make aircraft or weather events nearly undetectable.
AGI's technology and engineering services were selected by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to create the Radar Obstruction Evaluation Model/Simulator (ROEMS). ROEMS is an automated modeling system that assesses the probability of detecting air tracks within radar search areas that are subjected to various types of obstructions. With ROEMS, users can define environments that include clutter sources such as wind turbines and ground foliage to predict their impact on radar signal propagation. They can also model the effects caused by terrain and the atmosphere and predict expected radio frequency (RF) interference.
"The increasing use of wind farms as a source of power has required government and commercial organizations to understand their impact on defense, weather and air traffic control radar systems," says Paul Graziani, AGI CEO. "We are thrilled that the IEEE Philadelphia Section has recognized our software's capabilities for the energy and radar system user community."
Additional information on AGI's technology for assessing the impact of wind farms on radar systems, including capability videos, can be found at www.agi.com/windfarm.
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) delivers mission-proven software for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of advanced space, defense and intelligence applications. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering and operations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missile defense, C4ISR and electronic systems. They are available as ready-to-use applications, development tools or turnkey solutions. For more information, visit www.agi.com.