Chrisar Software Technologies
Signal-Processing Systems for Sonar and Sonobuoy Analysis, Simulation and Training
Chrisar develops software for sonar processing, analysis, measurement, classification and identification of underwater signatures.
All the software is based on COTS technology and is available on any kind of PC platform running under Windows® or Linux. Chrisar can provide customers with complete integrated software and hardware for ground-based or on-board use.
Chrisar develops two ranges of products:
- Chrisar-LAB, a range of software for sonar lookouts, ground-based analysis centres, training centres and sonobuoy processing
- Chrisar-SIM, a range of acoustic and propagation simulators
Sonar lookout, analysis and training, and sonobuoy processing software
The basic Chrisar-LAB is designed for general analysis and measurement of underwater noises. It can process up to 64 channels in real-time with more than 40kHz of bandwidth. It offers facilities for lofar processing (stationary signal) and spectrogram processing (transient signal). The post-processing mode allows user to make fine measurement and analysis, reporting and archiving.
Chrisar-LAB integrates algorithms and tools such as:
- Broadband analysis, zoom FFT, zoom Wigner Ville, demon, interferences, cross-correlation, wavelets
- Power-spectrum, s(t), P(t), ⅓ octave
- Settings: temporal parameters, recurrence, integration constant, norms, image gain and colour palette, frequency resolution
- Temporal and frequency multi-combs, Doppler, cursors
Chrisar-LAB is open to other systems, such as customers' databases, and can be integrated with them.
Sonar lookout equipment
Chrisar-LAB can be specifically configured for sonar lookout. It is a very good alternative for low-cost refitting of submarines or ASW frigates, providing:
- Real-time analysis on sonar output
- Target detection and location tools
- Full tools for accuracy measurement
- Audio control
- Alarm on tactical filtering
- Detection on alarms
- Detection of transitory signals
For maritime patrol operations, Chrisar-LAB integrates all algorithms for the demodulation of LOFAR, DIFAR and DICASS sonobuoys. It integrates specific algorithms for localisation like hyfix, multi-statism and energy plotting.
The ground-based version for mission planning and analysis, called fast time acoustic analyser (FTAA) is full compliant with Stanag 4283 annex B and C and can process up to 64 sonobuoys.
ASW training centre
Chrisar-LAB is particularly useful for training future sonar oparators or analysts in the technics of passive sonar processing and classification. The French company NAVFCO gives all its passive sonar courses to foreign navies with the support of Chrisar-LAB.
Simulators can be combined with Chrisar-LAB to create real acoustic situations (see Chrisar-SIM below). The replay function allows the teacher to quickly place the students in these situations.
Chrisar-SIM acoustic-situation simulation software
Chrisar-SIM is a range of software that aims to give users a true perception of real simulated acoustic situations. The simulators provided by Chrisar are useful for training operations and operational prediction.
Acoustic situation and sound simulator
The acoustic situation and sound simulator (AS3) is a powerful tool able to simulate a complete underwater acoustic situation. Each produced sound is of the form s(t) and simulates a local listening of the ambient noise situation. The main characteristics of simulated sounds are:
- Bandwidth: 2.5kHz to 40kHz
- Real-time audio control
- Simulated sonobuoys : LOFAR, DIFAR, DICASS, VLAD, AN
- Full synthesis of spectral values (harmonic and modulation families, levels, phase fluctuation, etc.)
Up to 16 outputs may be simultaneously produced, either analogically or digitally. The simulated situation is the result of scenarios which integrate up to 16 targets. Features of simulated situations are:
- Tune of kinematics for each target
- Tune of target and sonobuoy depth
- Graphical positioning of sonobuoys (including predefined patterns)
- Graphical definition of scenario (target route)
- Real-time view of target motion during scenario execution
- Real-time and fast-time execution
Propagation and performance simulator
ACSRAY is a software which calculates the performances of an active low frequency sonar in shallow or deep water, and a specific version is dedicated to direct routes.
The basic version of ACSRAY is designed to be educational, to allow the user to set and tune all the parameters:
- Emission: level, frequency, bandwidth, impulse
- Reception: directivity, processing gain, minimum level of detection
- Depth of sonar and target
- Target strength
- Range and pitch of representation
- Surface, volume, bottom and total back scattering
- Sonar echo
- Total noise
- Signal on noise ratio
The computing engine of ACSRAY can be integrated in operational systems.
Bathy can be imported from external files, manually computed or statistical. Many standard sea bottom models are available. The results are represented in 2D or 2D½.