PARSAX An Informal Look at Radar Technology and Applications within TU Delft


The PARSAX radar on Van Leeuwenhoek Lecture’s poster

It was pleasant last week to find in 13th number of the StadskrantDelft  a poster with an image of the PARSAX radar. The poster announced Van Leeuwenhoek Lecture "Delft (z)onder water" that took place in  TU Delft Science Center on June 24. Prof. Han Vrijling and Prof. Theo Toonen discussed complex problems of watermanagement in the Netherlands. The image of the PARSAX radar has been used on poster (together with Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's microscope, ecological car and plane) to show top-tech achievements, related to Delft City and TU Delft in particular.

 "Delft (z)onder water" Poster



IDRA radar in Hart van Nederland

Yesterday evening the programm Hart van Nederland at SBS 6 channel started with news about a dutch tourist who has been killed in a storm at a campsite in the Isère, after a tree fell on her tent. The 36-year-old woman was on holiday with family at Les Trois Lacs du Soleil camp, in Trept, when the storm hit on Wednesday night. She was sharing the tent with her two-year-old son, who was airlifted to hospital in Lyon in a serious condition. Five other people were injured and taken to hospital. Some 300 other campers were put up in temporary accommodation for the night and offered help by the mairie, pompiers and Red Cross.

Continue the topic about necessity to predict, detect and manage the severe weather events, an interview with TU Delft Prof. Herman Russchenberg has been shown. Staying near TU Delft IDRA radar on the top of 213 m high mast in Cabauw, he told about importance of high-resolution remote sensing information for precision of weather forecasts and climate changes detection...

The full version of program you can see via this link: Vroege editie – Hart van Nederland, the IDRA story starts at 5'20''.


“Sensing China”

Development of Sensory Cities Ramps Up in China with Application of Technologies in Key Fields

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s proposal of the “Sensing China” strategy in August 2009 has triggered the development of “sensory cities” around the country. Along with the development of new-generation information technologies including the Internet of things and cloud computing, the development of sensory cities also focuses on the application of new technologies in key fields including urban management, environmental protection, health care and urban traffic.

In the health care field, the informatization of such sectors as public health, medical services, medical security, drug and food and health administration will help achieve the efficient, accurate and interactive collection and transmission of health care information, intelligentize the health care management and accelerate the development of the health care system.

The specific tasks include the regional health records-based health care platform, electronic medical records, public health emergency command and intelligent decision-making system, health supervision and mobile enforcement system, medical supplies tracing and quality monitoring system, as well as wireless all-in-one smart hospital.

The sensory cities focusing on health care applications will be: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Zibo, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Kunming.

In the urban traffic field, advanced information technologies, data transmission technologies, electronic control technologies and computer processing technologies will be applied to traffic and transportation to establish an informatized, intelligentized and socialized system, which provides citizens with multiple services and enhance the security, energy-efficiency and effectiveness of urban traffic through the collection, processing, distribution, exchange, analysis and utilization of information.

The specific tasks include smart traffic signal control system, traffic video analysis and monitoring system, e-police system, automatic entry control monitoring system, dynamic traffic guidance information system, smart logistics information platform, goods tracing and positioning system, as well as process visualization and smart management system.

In the environmental protection field, an overall industrial pollution control system featuring real-time data perception, resource concentration and sharing, system integration as well as effective supervision and decision-making will be established to reduce waste, improve environment and prevent environmental accidents.

The specific tasks include the intelligent waste discharge and automatic monitoring device, wireless monitoring system for pollution treatment, water quality data monitoring system, air monitoring system, dangerous goods and discards monitoring and control system as well as regional ecological monitoring system.



Nokia Smartphone with Embedded Radar

Smartphone with radar function

Manufacturers of cellular phones like to embed gadgets into their most unusual devices – from electric shavers and lighters to portable projectors. A new step in this direction was
made by the engineers of the Finnish company Nokia, equipping the device with radar.

The device, named “mobile radar”, performs the same function as the common traffic police radar – it measures the distance, direction and speed of a moving object. During the presentation, the mobile phone has successfully identified the direction and speed of walking of an ‘experimental object “- one of the staff members of Nokia Research Center.

One of the possible applications of the unusual feature can become the remote control of the phone, – said Nokia Conversations. This radar differentiates even the hand movements and allows, for example, to increase or decrease the volume of a built-in player with mere gestures.

It should be noted that the control of the surrounding space is made without the participation of the camera, by only electromagnetic waves.

Therefore, mobile radar “can be used without taking the phone out of the pocket or backpack. It recognizes even objects that are behind a wooden door.

Radar is just one of more than 40 inventions, over which works the company’s research center at present time. All of them are aimed at improving and expanding the functions of mobile communication, but not all will be transformed into real serial devices, said The Independent. In particular, the company says nothing about the expected deadline, when its phones can have their own radars.


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New PARSAX poster for TUD Open Dagen

For the TUD/EWI Faculty Open Dagen (31 maart en 1 april) we prepared a poster (special thanks to Samantha Liebregts from Marketing&Communicatie for design), which was presented during the event. The PARSAX as software defined radar gives to the MSc students and researchers the full freedom to implement and validate practically new ideas for radar signals, processing algorithms, applications. Actually, there are a possibility on the base of this flexible research platform to create a completely new radar, highly optimized for specific application.

Maak je eigen radar!