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easy collect aircraft information
~50,000,000 registered contacts
303894 unique aircraft records, 28.78% unresolved records
 ACARS DECODER Planespotting Network Kinetic Avionics AirNav Systems Atlas Tracking
libhomeradar - easy collect aircraft informations

libhomeradar is an easy to use library for all type of programming language which can use libraries. libhomeradar can connect to different sources to collect aircraft informations arround the world with extended informations, powerful filtering and structured data access.

libhomeradar is written in C and is available for Linux and Windows (2003, XP, NT, Vista).

Currently libhomeradar works with the Kinetic Avionics SBS-1 base station and the Airnav Systems Radarbox.

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What is libhomeradar?

libhomeradar is a library written in plain C which makes the communication with the Kinetic Avionic SBS-1 box and the AirNav Systems RadarBox very easy. Simply link libhomeradar to your project (C, C++ or other languages which can use standard system libraries) and get structured data from your SBS-1/SBS-3 or from your RadarBox (see our small usage examples).

A special feature of libhomeradar is the possibility to connect to a lot of SBS-1 stations / RadarBoxes arround the world. libhomeradar has a very simple interface (structured data access) for the communication between your program and the library. A lot of callback functions are available for different events and with the collected database from our partner you have a lot of useful informations for every contacted aircraft.
With libhomeradar you can build a collector station for different SBS-1 or SBS-3 / Radarboxes and create with the collected informations a very powerful database.

Why libhomeradar?

libhomeradar was created for the next release of acarsd to collect data from more then one SBS-1 / Radarboxes into the normal flow of acarsd. The latest beta version of acarsd is currently running with libhomeradar.


For a better coverage

To increase our coverage and to give our visitors a even better service we need some senders in Italy, Danmark (North), Ireland, Cyprus, Greece (North), Poland, Romania, Spain and Portugal. If you are living in on of these countries and you have an SBS1 or a Radarbox and you wish to share your contacts with other users, please download the latest version of our contribution tool 'FlightShare2', create your personal account and share your contacts with others.
It's all for free and as an owner of a personal account you'll have a lot of extra features. Take a free tour to see all the options of a personal account.

winsend2 - screenshot. Click to enlarge

Database contribution

If you have a SBS-1 box and/or a Radarbox you can also contribute your contacts to our database.

Windows users should use the winsend2 - database contribution tool Linux users can use our Linux tool.
You can also send your daily report by mail. All the contacts (if callsign is available) will be included and every entry will be checked against our database and you'll get a report of mistakes, new entries or updates for your own SBS1 or RadarBox database.

October 2010 - winsend2 - the next generation of our contribution tool with aircraft photos, aircraft data editor, a lot of statistics and support for our libhomeradar personal section. And now with basic ACARS decoder and ACARS network client support.

Requirements for libhomeradar

Currently libhomeradar works with the socket output of the Kinetic Avionics SBS-1 box and the Airnav Systems Radarbox as well.
You need also a working network interface which can connect to the server where your SBS-1 / Radarbox is connected. Per default you can reach your SBS-1 box output on port 30003 and the socket output of the AirNav Radarbox on port 7879. To connect to other stations on the net you should configure your firewall to allow outgoing connections on port 30003 and/or 7879.
libhomeradar was currently tested under Debian Linux, 1.6GHz CPU, 256MB memory with 3 input sources. The CPU usage was < 0.3 on this system.

Is this free software?

Yes, libhomeradar is completly free for none commercial use. If you wish to you libhomeradar in an commercial environement you should contact us for a license.
If you use libhomeradar for your project we would be happy if you sent us some informations. We will add these to the 'success stories' page.