AMOD GPS Photo Tracker
AGL3080
We Add More Fun to Photo Sharing!
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AMOD Technology Co.,
Ltd. 8F, 46, Lane 10, Jihu Road, Neihu
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E-mail: sales@amod.com.tw
AGL3080 GPS Photo Tracker User Manual V2.2
Table of Content
TABLE OF CONTENT .................................................................................................................... 2
OVERVIEW ...................................................................................................................................... 3
UNIQUE FEATURES .............................................................................................................................................. 3
IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW YET - WHAT IS GPS? .............................................................................................. 4
AGL3080 OPERATION ................................................................................................................... 4
POWER ON/OFF DEVICE ..................................................................................................................................... 4
STATUS LED’S .................................................................................................................................................... 4
SET UP MODE...................................................................................................................................................... 6
INSTALL/REPLACE BATTERY ............................................................................................................................... 7
USING THE ACCOMPANYING AMOD PHOTO TRACKER SOFTWARE TO TAG YOUR
PHOTOS ............................................................................................................................................ 7
INSTALLATION ..................................................................................................................................................... 7
APPENDIX - STATUS LED........................................................................................................... 21
GENERAL OPERATION ....................................................................................................................................... 21
STATUS LED IN SET UP MODE ................................................................................................. 22
APPENDIX – PREPARATIONS ................................................................................................... 23
ATTACH THE HANGING STRIP ............................................................................................................................ 23
INSTALL BATTERY ............................................................................................................................................. 23
TROUBLE SHOOTING................................................................................................................. 25
HARDWARE SPECIFICATION................................................................................................... 26
PACKAGE CONTENTS ................................................................................................................ 26
CERTIFICATIONS ........................................................................................................................ 27
TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS......................................................................................... 27
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Overview
AGL 3080 photo tracker is a GPS-based data logger designed to provide location information for digital
photos (in EXIF 2.0 or later format) from all DSCs and camera phones. It can help making photo-taking more
fun – show not just the great picture but also where it is taken! It is extremely easy to use – just take it along
and turn it on with your photo-taking trip. When uploading the pictures to the PC, the accompanying software
will do the tagging and saving of GPS location information. After that all you need to do is to click at the
GPS-tagged picture and it will show its location on Google Map or other internet maps – let AGL 3080 tag
your picture so you can enjoy more!
Unique Features
GPS – based on SiRF Star III chipset
Log GPS output in NMEA0183 format at one record per second rate – full rate logging for best
time resolution and flexible to use
Standard USB 2.0 interface / Double up as an USB Flash Disk
Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux -based machines
GPS logs can be accessed directly by application software as files, no more awkward COM port
set-up procedures
Long operating time – over 15 hours with three standard AAA batteries
Large log capacity – store over 1,040,000 data records, equivalent to 2,880 hours of continuously
logged GPS data
User-friendly PC-based software is provided for photo tagging (EXIF 2.0 and later format) and
sharing
Tagged photos can be viewed on Google Map and other internet maps
Works with many on-line tools such as JetPhoto, GPSVisualizer, etc.
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In Case You Don’t Know Yet - What is GPS?
GPS is a 24-satellite network of Navstar navigational satellites that transmit signals to users, giving
them an accurate position in three dimensions along with a time stamp. While it was originally
developed in the 1970s as a navigational aid for submarine-based Trident nuclear missiles, its
commercial use has expanded well beyond vehicle and hiker navigation to include network timing
control for accurate delivery of packet communications.
AGL3080 Operation
Power ON/OFF device
Power On
Hold the POWER ON/OFF button for one (1) second until all three LED’s blink simultaneously once. Then
the Green LED (GPS Status) will be on. This indicates the device has been turned on and starts to search GPS
satellites.
Power ON/OFF button
When sufficient numbers of GPS satellites are found and the position can be fixed, the Green LED
will begin to blink, indicating good GPS signal reception and GPS data is being logged
Now you can concentrate on and enjoy taking photos!
Power Off
To turn the power off, just hold the POWER ON/OFF button again for about three (3) seconds. All three
LED’s will be lit once and then off, and the device is now turned off.
Status LED’s
There are three status LED’s on AGL3080 – Red (Storage Full), Green (GPS Status), and Amber (Battery
GPS Status
Storage Full
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Power).
Status LED
The Green LED is the GPS Status LED. It is either constantly on or blinking. Blinking indicates good
reception of satellite signal and GPS position data is being logged. Constant on indicates satellite signal
reception is poor and position can not be fixed and logged.
To get a good reception of GPS signal, adjust the orientation of the AGL3080 device to ensure it is facing
open sky. Normally, after adjustment, the position can be fixed very quickly and the GPS Status LED (Green)
will again blink.
The Red LED is the Storage Full LED. When the storage space runs out, the Red LED will be on and no
more GPS data be logged.
If this happens, turn the device off, download the logged data to the computer and clean up the storage disc.
The storage disc can be cleaned either by deleting file(s) from the computer or by performing a CLEAN DISC
operation when turning the AGL3080 device on. Please see instructions below about CLEAN DISC.
The Amber LED is the Battery Power LED. The Amber LED will blink when the battery power level
becomes low (< 20% of full power). It is just a warning sign about battery power level is getting low. The
device still functions properly.
But when the battery power level is too low for the device to function normally, the Amber LED will
change from blinking to constant on, and both the GPS and data logging functions will be turned off. When
this happens, please turn the device off and replace battery immediately.
Special Functions
MARK button
Position Mark A position can be marked using AGL3080 if the “MARK” button is firmly pressed once.
When doing so, the Storage Full LED will be on and the device will insert a MARK tag to the logged GPS
position data. If you press the Mark button right after taking a picture, the accompanying GPS Photo Tracker
software will use this “marked position data” to tag the picture.
GPS Reset During normal operation, you can press the “MARK” button for about three to four (3 ~ 4)
seconds to reset the GPS – the AGL3080 will re-start the GPS satellites searching without using satellite
information already on-hand and stored internally. Because the set of GPS satellites data (the orbital and
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status information) will be valid only for around two hours, they need to be updated regularly. These
information are location-dependent – at two far enough locations the GPS receiver will see different set of
GPS satellites, hence different satellites data. GPS receivers assume the on-hand internal satellites data is
valid and will use it first in searching and tracking satellites. If wrong satellite data is used, the searching will
take a long time or even fail. The GPS Reset function thus can help speed up the position fix operation if the
device was used previously at place(s) far away from the current location or over some time (> two hours)
ago.
Set Up Mode
AGL3080 has 6 logging modes for user to choose from if it's desired. User can configure the tracking
modes in "Set Up Mode".
Entering "Set Up Mode"
At device power off status, hold both "POWER ON/OFF" button and "MARK" button simultaneously for
5 seconds. When you hold both buttons, the three LED will flash 5 times and stop at light on mode. You can
release the buttons when three LED lights are all on.
Setup mode function description
Logging mode setup AGL3080 has 6 logging modes. You can change logging mode by pressing "MARK"
button. For each press of the "MARK", it enters to following logging mode. Pressing "MARK" at "Mode 6"
will bring you back to "Mode 1".
Logging Modes and corresponding LED status are described as below:
LED Status
Output Format
Mode 1
Memory Full Led ON
Mode 2
Mode 3
Mode 4
Mode 5
Mode 6
Memory Full Led Flash
GPS Led ON
GPS Led Flash
Battery Low Led ON
Battery Low Led Flash
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG->1 sec
GSV -> 5 sec
Only RMC->1 sec
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG/GSV->5 sec
Only RMC->5 sec
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG/GSV->10 sec
Only RMC->10 sec
Minimum
Records
260,000
Data Capacity
Hours
72 hours
1,040,000
260,000
1,040,000
260,000
1,040,000
288 hours
360 hours
1,440 hours
720 hours
2,880 hours
Clear Disk Function Hold "MARK" button for 5 seconds to all three LEDs start blink sequentially, then
release the button to clear up the storage space.
Note:
(a) The device would power off during setup mode if you do not press any button after 1 minute.
(b) If system power is low, the battery led will be on and then device will be powered off. At this time, users
have to replace new batteries.
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(c) User's each change of the logging mode at the setup mode is recorded by the system. If thesystem is cut
off power unexpectedly, the last setting value before power off is recorded. Therefore, the system power on at
GPS mode, it will run at the last setting value.
Install/Replace Battery
The device requires three standard AAA size batteries to operate. NiH rechargeable batteries or alkaline
batteries are recommended.
[Please note that batteries are not part of the accessories included in the
package.]
To install or replace battery, please:
1.
Flip the device so that the bottom side is up.
2.
Find the latch of the battery compartment cover and slide it sideways to release the cover.
3.
Pull the cover out to open the battery compartment. The batteries can be easily inserted, but please
ensure the correct polarity.
WARNING: Wrong polarity will cause permanent damage to the device.
A Note on Battery and AGL3080’s Operating Time
Batteries have wide range of capacity (in mAh) and voltage level (even though they are specified as 1.5 V).
These factors will cause variation of AGL3080’s operating time. Please check to ensure the quality of
batteries is meeting its specifications. We recommend using 1.5 V and 900 mAh AAA batteries. NiH type
battery is recommended when using AGL3080 in a low temperature environment.
Using the Accompanying AMOD Photo Tracker Software to Tag Your
Photos
You can install the AMOD Photo Tracker Software by clicking the Setup button (the setup file) in the
included CD-ROM. You can specify which directory to install the Photo Tracker Software. An icon
(short-cut) will also be created at the Desktop for easy access to the software tool.
[First, you need to download and store the pictures from your DSC to your PC. Usually the DSC has
accompanying photo management tools for photo downloading and storage.]
Installation
Plug the AGL3080 to your PC’s USB port
Run the GPS Photo Tracker Software, and the following will be up:
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Import the GPS log from AGL3080 to PC
Then you can import the GPS log by selecting the AMOD Photo Tracker Device. If you have previously
imported the GPS log files, you can go to the directory to import them. Multiple log files can be selected
simultaneously for import.
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Import photos
Go to the directory where DSC photos are stored. Then select photos to be tagged – multiple picture files can
be selected, for import.
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The Photo Tracker will automatically tag the selected photos with the GPS location information. When
complete, the photos will be shown in blue color. Those photos unable to be tagged will be shown in red
color. Those already have GPS tags will be shown in black color. Those photos that have been tagged by
depressing the “Mark” button will be shown in green color. Please refer to the description about the Position
Mark function in page 3 of this User Manual.
Time Sync
Because the position tagging is done by cross relating the GPS time (UTC standard time) and DSC time
(DSC’s internal time), to find out accurately how much off is the DSC time is critical to the position accuracy
during tagging. To offset the difference between GPS time, which is accurate, and the DSC internal time,
which may not be accurate and could be off, a Time Sync function is implemented.
This offset operation
can reduce inaccuracy in the geo-location tagging process. However, Time Sync is an optional function – if
the DSC time is accurate enough that the geo-location error is not significant or critical to you, you can skip
the Time Sync step altogether. Before you enter the Time Sync operation, please check and adjust the time of
your computer. This is necessary because the local computer time is used as the standard time to derive the
offset (the difference) between the DSC time (stored in the photo image file) and the standard time. Please
make sure your local time zone and time are both correct and accurate. You can conduct the Time Sync
operation by clicking the Time Sync icon to bring up the following window and check the “Enable Time
Sync.” button to begin the operation.
The Input DSC Time field is for you to enter the time that will be used to sync with the DSC time.
There are two steps involved – adjust time zone and adjust actual time.
Adjust time zone
The pictures may be taken at places that belong to a different time zone. For these pictures, please
find the time difference (in hours) and adjust the information in the Input DSC Time field. Please
note this change may also involve the adjustment of the date information in the Input DSC Time field.
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Adjust actual time
When the DSC time is off slightly, only the seconds and/or minutes fields need to be adjusted. Enter a
time that is slightly ahead than the displayed DSC Time. When the DSC Time (which is constantly
counting up) reaches this pre-selected time, click Apply so that the DSC Time field is updated
(synchronized) to the DSC’s system time. When this is done, just click OK to continue.
With these adjustments in the Time Sync operation, the Photo Tracker Software can derive the
difference between DSC Time and PC System Time. This time difference is then used to offset any
timing error that could exist between the DSC and GPS time.
When traveling to a different time zone, if your DSC time is adjusted to the local time, then the
adjustment needed to compensate the time difference becomes a tedious and complicated task – you
need to record each time zone. When tagging photos, they and the log files must be correlated into
groups first. For each group, adjust the time separately using Time Sync. If this process is too
tedious for you, when you go on a trip that crosses several time zones, please do not adjust your DSC
time at all to avoid the complication/confusion this may cause.
Display Photos on Google Maps
The GPS tagged pictures can be shown on Google Map by clicking the “Display Photos on Google Maps”
button.
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Select and Display Multiple Pictures
Multiple pictures can be displayed on the Google Map simultaneously too. This can be done if they are
selected simultaneously by clicking photo files while holding the Shift key.
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Then click Display on Google Map button, these pictures will be displayed on Google Map simultaneously.
By clicking the push pin, each photo can selected to show on Google Map.
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Resize and Save Displayed Photos with Google Map
To meet individual’s needs, AGL3080 Photo Tracker Software provides five different sizes (relative to the
Google Map as background) of the photo pictures for user to select. The photo comes up with the default size
on the display window. When clicking the magnifying button or shrunk button, more sizes
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(Enlarged)
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(Shrunk)
Click the Catch Map Button, the display (picture with Google Map as background) can be saved.
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Finally click the Save Tagged Photos button on the main menu of the Photo Tracker Software, the geo-tag
will be saved within the photo picture file for future viewing or sharing.
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Display GPS Logs on Google Maps
By clicking the “Display GPS Logs on Google Maps” button, it will come up another window.
Click the “Play” Button, there will be a pink dot starts moving to display the tracking path you have walked
or drove through. You are allowed to click Pause and Stop buttons to stop or pause pink dot.
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Or click the Display Tracking Path button, it will directly show up the whole tracking path on Google Map
with pink highlight.
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To clear some specific GPS logs, check the boxes aside the Record # first (multiple boxes are allowed), and
then click Clear GPS Records Checked Marks. Those GPS logs will be cleared in the record.
Click the Catch Map Button, the display (picture with Google Map as background) can be saved.
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When all are done, exit the AMOD Photo Tracker Software by right-clicking the top frame and select EXIT.
[NOTE: We are not responsible for any alteration or deletion of pictures during the operation. Please always
save a copy of the picture file as back up if needed.]
More Tools and Applications JetPhoto In addition to the supplied
AMOD GPS Photo Tracker, AGL3080 can also be used with JetPhoto, which is a photo organizing and
management tool and service provided by Atomix Technologies Limited (©2004 – 2007 Atomix
Technologies.)
JetPhoto can be used either with Microsoft’s Windows operating system or Apple’s MAC
operating system. JetPhoto is included in the AGL3080 CD-ROM as part of the photo organizing and
management software tools package. They can also be downloaded from
http://www.jetphotosoft.com/web/home/.
Other Tools
Because the logged GPS data is in the standard NMEA0183 format and saved as text files, with the true
generic USB 2.0 interface, AGL3080 is very simple and easy to use directly with many GPS software tools
such as GPSVisualizer (©2007 Adam Schneider, Schneider@pobox.com). The GPS tracks logged by
AGL3080 can then be converted into various formats such as GPX, KML, etc. This makes AGL3080 a very
powerful and handy tool, not limited only for GPS tagging of photos.
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Appendix - Status LED
General Operation
There are three LED’s on the device representing Battery Power (amber), GPS Status (green), and Storage
Full (red) respectively. These LED’s can be Off, Blinking, or Constant On, representing the status of the
device.
Status
Battery
Color
Amber
Power
State
Status Represented
Off
Normal operation
Blinking
The battery power level is low, but the device can still
function normally. but GPS may take longer time to
get a position fix
Constant
The battery power level is extremely low, the GPS and
On
data log functions are turned
Replace battery immediately
GPS Status
Green
Off
Device is turned off
Blinking
The device is tracking GPS satellites and logging GPS
data
Storage
Red
Full
Constant
The device is in the process of acquiring satellites, GPS
On
data not yet available
Off
Storage space available
Constant
On
The device is out of storage space GPS data can not be
logged
Turn off the device and download the logged data
file(s). Perform a DISC RESET operation to clean up
the disc storage during Power ON.
Status LED in Set UP Mode
LED Status
Output Format
Mode 1
Memory Full Led ON
Mode 2
Mode 3
Mode 4
Mode 5
Mode 6
Memory Full Led Flash
GPS Led ON
GPS Led Flash
Battery Low Led ON
Battery Low Led Flash
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG->1 sec
GSV -> 5 sec
Only RMC->1 sec
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG/GSV->5 sec
Only RMC->5 sec
GGA/GSA/RMC/VTG/GSV->10 sec
Only RMC->10 sec
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Records
260,000
Data Capacity
Operation Hours
72 hours
1,040,000
260,000
1,040,000
260,000
1,040,000
288 hours
360 hours
1,440 hours
720 hours
2,880 hours
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Appendix – Preparations
Attach the Hanging Strip
1.
1. Un-fasten the strip
2.
2. Inset the hanging strip through the side handle of the device
3.
3. Fasten the strip and the device can be carried conveniently
Install Battery
1. Open the bottom cover to reveal battery compartment
Please note the orientation of each battery is clearly marked.
Incorrect battery placement may damage the device.
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1.
2. Insert Three (3) AAA Size Batteries
2.
3. Close the Battery Cover
Either regular or rechargeable batteries can be used.
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Trouble Shooting
GPS Status LED stays on / Poor GPS signal reception
Please kindly try below two countermeasures to see if the issue will be solved.
Solution One:
Entering "Set-Up" mode: At power off status, press "Power ON" and "Mark" buttons simultaneously for 5
seconds, and then the three LED will flash 5 times and stop at light on mode. You can release the buttons
when 3 LED are all on.
Clear Disk Function: Hold "Mark" button for 5 seconds to all 3 LED lights blink sequentially, then release
the button to clear disk storage space.
Solution 2: Upgrade AGL3080 V2.3 firmware into AGL3080.
Missing or lost GPS log file
Battery can not be removed while the AGL3080 is still turned on and functioning. If this happened, the power
to the device will be out. This power outage will cause the logged GPS data not being properly saved and thus
permanently lost. Please exercise caution not to open the battery compartment to remove or change the battery
while the AGL3080 is still on and functioning to avoid losing logged GPS data.
Battery operating time too short
Batteries vary a lot in quality, affecting the AGL3080’s operating time. Please make sure to use quality
batteries.
We recommend 900 mAh batteries.
When using the AGL3080 in a cold environment, please use
Ni-MH batteries.
Can not turn on the AGL3080
The battery contact may be poor or the battery power level may be too low. This may happen when the
AGL3080 was not used for a long time. The leakage in batteries drained the battery power. When not using
the AGL3080, please take the batteries out and store them properly to maintain the battery’s power level. If
the batteries are too old, replace with new ones.
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Hardware Specification
GPS
Chipset
SiRF Star III high performance low power GPS receiver IC
Frequency
L1 1,575.42 MHz
Channels
20 parallel tracking channels
GPS Tracking Sensitivity
- 158 dBm
LED Indicators
Power On/Off
Amber
GPS Fix
Green
Memory Full
Red
General
Storage Capacity
128 Mbytes (1 Gbit NAND flash memory)
Interface
USB 2.0 full speed
Battery
3 AAA standard size batteries
Operating Time
> 15 hours continuous operation (3 AAA 900 mAh
rechargeable
battery @ 25℃)
Operating Temperature
- 20 ~ 50 ℃
Storage Temperature
- 30 ~ 80 ℃
Humidity
95 % non-condensing
Dimension
90 mm × 45 mm × 23 mm
Weight
~ 50 g (not including battery)
Package Contents
Each box contains the following items:
AGL3080 Hanging Strip & USB Cable
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Certifications
CE, FCC, VCCI certified, RoHS Compliant
FCC Notices This Device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules; operation is subject to the following two
conditions.
ٛ .(1) This device may not cause harmful interference and,
ٛ .(2) This device must accept any interference received.
Trademarks and Copyrights
Windows is registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Mac is registered trademark of Apple Inc.
JetPhoto is registered trademark and copyrighted by Atomix Technologies Corp.
GPSVisualizer is registered and copyrighted by Adam Schneider, Schneider@pobox.com
The AGL3080 and AMOD is registered trademark of AMOD Technologies Co., Ltd.
AMOD Technology Co., Ltd. 8F, 46, Lane 10, Jihu Road, Neihu Taipei, Taiwan, 114, R.
O. C. E-mail: sales@amod.com.tw
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