IPICO STK Elite User Manual V1.2 draft 20061122

IPICO STK Elite reader
User Manual
Compiled by Hubert PEYRE
Version 1.2 draft
22/11/2006
HISTORY:
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Draft 1.1
Draft 1.2
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Draft 1.2
Issued Version 2.00
15/09/2006
27/10/2006
22/11/2006
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Hubert
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Hubert
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Create
Edit and enhance
Edit and enhance with comments from Aus, add mats config
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GLOSSARY
STK
Sport Time Keeping
TX
Transmit antenna
RX
Receiver antenna
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Table of Contents
GLOSSARY ........................................................................................................................ 1
1
INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................... 4
2
SUMMARY OF FACILITIES ......................................................................................... 4
3
READER ....................................................................................................................... 5
3.1 Front panel ..............................................................................................................................6
3.1.1
Transmitter unit................................................................................................................7
3.1.2
Receiver unit....................................................................................................................9
3.1.3
Concentrator unit ........................................................................................................... 11
3.1.4
Power supply unit .......................................................................................................... 13
3.1.5
Lower panel unit ............................................................................................................ 14
3.2 Metallic box........................................................................................................................... 15
4
MATS .......................................................................................................................... 16
4.1 Mats description ................................................................................................................... 16
4.2 Mats configurations.............................................................................................................. 17
4.2.1
16m timing line: 8 mats in a row..................................................................................... 17
4.2.2
16m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 8 mats ................................................................... 17
4.2.3
8m timing line: 4 mats in a row....................................................................................... 18
4.2.4
8m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 4 mats ..................................................................... 18
4.2.5
4m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 2 mats ..................................................................... 18
4.2.6
Precautions of use! ........................................................................................................ 18
5
TAGS .......................................................................................................................... 19
5.1 Shoe tag ................................................................................................................................ 19
5.2 Ankle tag ............................................................................................................................... 20
5.3 Bike tag ................................................................................................................................. 20
6
COMMUNICATION WITH THE READER................................................................... 20
7
INSTALLATION OF THE READER............................................................................ 20
7.1 Precautions of use! .............................................................................................................. 20
7.2 Installation of mats ............................................................................................................... 21
7.3 Installation of the reader ...................................................................................................... 21
7.4 Testing of tag reading distance ........................................................................................... 21
8
SPECIFICATIONS ...................................................................................................... 21
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Table of Figures
Figure 1: STK Elite reader ..............................................................................................................5
Figure 2: STK Elite reader Front panel ...........................................................................................6
Figure 3: Transmitter unit ...............................................................................................................7
Figure 4: Receiver unit ...................................................................................................................9
Figure 5: Concentrator unit...........................................................................................................11
Figure 6: Power supply unit ..........................................................................................................13
Figure 7: Lower panel unit ............................................................................................................14
Figure 8: Road case box1 ............................................................................................................15
Figure 9: Road case box2 ............................................................................................................15
Figure 10: Mat on the floor ............................................................................................................16
Figure 11: Mat carried ..................................................................................................................16
Figure 12: Mats stored .................................................................................................................17
Figure 13: 16m timing line ............................................................................................................17
Figure 14: 16m timing line + backup.............................................................................................17
Figure 15: 8m timing line ..............................................................................................................18
Figure 16: 8m timing line + backup...............................................................................................18
Figure 17: 4m timing line + backup...............................................................................................18
Figure 18: Mat's tail placement.....................................................................................................19
Figure 19: Shoe tag......................................................................................................................19
Figure 20: Bike tag .......................................................................................................................20
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1 INTRODUCTION
This manual is intended to make a description of the STK Elite reader and to explain the procedure to setup
and use the reader. It must be understood that setup environment can influence the performance of the
system. This manual will help you to setup the reader to have an optimum tag read performance under most
conditions.
2 SUMMARY OF FACILITIES
•
Capability to drive 4 reading mats (2mx1m each), equivalent to an 8 meters timing line for one
reader, or 4 meters with a second 4 meter line for backup. With 2 readers a 16 meters timing line is
possible.
•
Data can be stored on an internal flash drive (with battery backup)
•
Ethernet port (RJ45) to communicate between a computer and the reader (Optional WIFI or
RS485).
•
Internal power supply by battery for mobile application
•
External power supply: 12VDC or 220VAC (must be specified when ordering)
•
External connectors for supplementary power supply battery
•
Battery management card: beeps on low voltage or incorrect input polarity, voltage indicator
•
Only one On/Off switch for the whole system
•
Input (RS485) for the storage of data from a single STK Lite reader
•
Leds and buzzer for tag detection.
•
Optional Plug-in DSP(s) for better detection of tags in electromagnetic noisy environment
•
Automatic tuning of the system
•
Aluminium skin/plywood Road Case
•
Venting on bottom and top of reader for hot climates (like Australia and Africa).
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3 READER
Figure 1: STK Elite reader
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3.1 Front panel
All the cable connections on the reader are done on the front panel. All the visual indicators are also on the
front panel. Figure 1 shows the front panel layout. A description of each part of the front panel is done in the
followings chapters.
The face plate of each unit is powder coated Zinc annealed Steel.
Figure 2: STK Elite reader Front panel
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3.1.1 Transmitter unit
This unit manages the TX loops to provide energy to tags.
Manual tuning
button
Serial port for
transmitter setup
Battery level
indicator
TXA tuning
level indicators
TXB tuning
level indicators
Transmitter unit
powered indicator
CPU activity indicator
Figure 3: Transmitter unit
Battery level indicator:
Three indicators show Low (L), Medium (M) and High (H) voltage levels. As the power supply is
managed by the Power Supply unit, the light should always show H.
Transmitter unit powered indicator:
This indicator should be lit when the reader is switched on to show that the transmitter unit is
powered.
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Manual tuning button:
This button is used to start a manual tuning of the mats antennas. After the reader and mats are
installed and the reader is switched on, the reader will automatically tune the loops. The result of this tuning
will be displayed on the TX tuning levels indicators. This manual tuning may be done during an event when
there is no traffic on the mats, if it seems like the mats have detuned slightly due to temperature changes. In
most of the cases, the automatic tuning done when the reader is switched on is sufficient.
TXA Tuning Level indicators:
TXA drives 2 mats (with red and green plugs). Three indicators show Low, Medium and High tuning
level. This level indicates the performance of the reading distance of the 2 mats TXA. Under normal
operation the indicators should be in the M or H region. However, good results can still be obtained when it
is showing L. If flashing then something is not correct. Turn the power off and restart the system.
TXB Tuning Level indicators:
TXB drives 2 mats (with blue and yellow plugs). Three indicators show Low, Medium and High
tuning level. This level indicates the performance of the reading distance of the 2 mats TXB. However, good
results can still be obtained when it is showing L. If flashing then something is not correct. Turn the power
off and restart the system.
CPU activity indicator:
This indicator shows that the microprocessor is operating. When operating correctly the CPU
indicator will flash at approximately half second intervals.
Serial port for transmitter setup:
This serial port must not be used by the user. It is only used by Ipico qualified staff to setup the
transmitter unit at the manufacturing level.
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3.1.2 Receiver unit
There are 2 Dual channels receiver units per STK Elite. They collect tag data from the RX loops in the mats.
RECEIVER 1
Fault indicator
RECEIVER 2
USB port
Receiver unit
powered indicator
Tag detection
indicators
RXA socket
RXB socket
Figure 4: Receiver unit
Receiver unit powered indicator:
This indicator should be lit when the reader is switched on to show that the receiver unit is powered.
Fault indicator:
This indicator will be lit if there is a communication problem in the receiver.
Tag detection indicators:
The receiver has 3 data activity indicators. These are labelled A, B and T. The A and B indicator
show which section of the receiver RXA or RXB is detecting a tag. If a tag is detected the indicator is lit or
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flashes. The T indicator shows that the decoder in the receiver is sending data to the Concentrator unit. A
buzzer can also be setup to emit sound when a tag is detected.
RXA socket:
BNC sockets are colour coded with the mats plugs.
RXB socket:
BNC sockets are colour coded with the mats plugs.
USB port:
This USB port must not be used by the user. It is only used by Ipico qualified staff to setup the
receiver unit at the manufacturing level.
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3.1.3 Concentrator unit
The concentrator unit gets data from the receiver units and stores them on a flash drive. The streaming data
is also available during the race from the Ethernet port, and after the race the complete data file can be
copied from the concentrator to the computer by the Ethernet port.
Data from receiver 2
Data from receiver 1
Data received
indicator
Network activity
indicator
CPU activity
indicator
Flash disc activity
indicator
Concentrator
unit powered
indicator
USB port
Data input
Port
Console port
Ethernet
communication port
Figure 5: Concentrator unit
Data from receiver 1:
This indicator shows when data is received from the receiver 1 unit to the concentrator unit.
Data from receiver 2:
This indicator shows when data is received from the receiver 2 unit to the concentrator unit.
Data received indicator:
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This indicator shows the activity of data received from the receiver unit.
CPU activity indicator:
This indicator shows that the microprocessor is operating. When operating correctly the CPU
indicator will flash at approximately one second intervals.
Concentrator unit powered indicator:
This indicator should be lit when the reader is switched on to show that the concentrator unit is
powered.
Network activity indicator:
This indicator shows data exchanges between the network and the reader.
Flash disc activity indicator:
This indicator flashes when data are stored on the flash disc.
Ethernet communication port:
This communication port permits to plug a computer or a network to get data from the reader and to
setup the reader.
Data input port:
This port is used to store data from a STK Lite reader by the RS485 line.
Console port:
This console port must not be used by the user. It is only used by Ipico qualified staff.
USB port:
This USB port must not be used by the user. It is not used for the moment and is there for future
development (for memory key…).
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3.1.4 Power supply unit
This unit manages the power supply of the whole reader.
Power supply
indicators
Figure 6: Power supply unit
Battery specifications/buzzer:
The battery will give approx 5 hours of run time. When the battery reaches a preset discharge
voltage (approx 11.5v) the reader will sound an alarm alerting the operator that a second battery is needed.
This will happen only for Long events over 5 hours. The operator has approximately 15minutes to add a
second battery before the reader shutdown to save damage to its internal battery.
If external batteries are plugged in with incorrect polarity, beeps will be emitted by the reader and
the external battery will not connect.
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Power supply indicators:
These indicators correspond to each voltages used in the reader. When the reader is turned on, all
should be lit.
Auxiliary output:
There is a two pins power supply output (+12V 1A) that can be used to power a WIFI converter or a
GPRS module for example.
3.1.5 Lower panel unit
TXB sockets
TXA sockets
Voltmeter
Reader on/off
rotary switch
Venting holes
Reminder
for mats
placement
12V battery
sockets
Figure 7: Lower panel unit
Reader on/off switch:
This is a rotary switch that switches on all different units in the reader.
Voltmeter:
It displays the battery voltage.
12V battery sockets:
There are 2 external battery input sockets. This allows adding an external 12V battery that can be
hot swapped without loss of data capture, or used to plug a charger.
External batteries can be either any 12v battery (automotive etc) or an optional battery pack which can stack
under the reader and be secured with the integral latches.
Venting holes:
These holes provide a better circulation of air inside the reader to cool it when it is used in high
temperature countries.
TXA/TXB sockets:
These sockets correspond to the TX loops of the mats and are colour coded with the mats.
The mats configuration is colour coded and is screened on the lower panel plate.
All live TX pins enclosed in the socket for operator safety. Very robust TX plugs and sockets. Very easy to fit
even in the dark. Cannot be plugged incorrectly. Securing clips on each.
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3.2 Metallic box
The reader is packaged in a Rugged Road Aluminium Case, 285mm H x 325mm W x 370mm L.
All fixings are in aluminium or stainless steel to minimise corrosion over time.
Figure 8: Road case box1
Figure 9: Road case box2
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4 MATS
4.1 Mats description
The mats are 2.4m long and 1.2m wide
Figure 10: Mat on the floor
Figure 11: Mat carried
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Figure 12: Mats stored
4.2 Mats configurations
The placement of the mats is colour coded. The colours on the following drawings correspond to the colour
that is painted on the plug of the mat cables and also on the reader mat’s sockets.
4.2.1 16m timing line: 8 mats in a row
2 Elite readers are needed.
STK
Elite
reader1
Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 1
Mat 4
Mat 2
Mat 3
STK
Elite
reader2
Mat 4
Figure 13: 16m timing line
4.2.2 16m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 8 mats
4 Elite readers are needed.
Timing line
STK
Elite
reader1
Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4
Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4
STK
Elite
reader2
Backup line
STK
Elite
reader3
Mat 4
Mat 3
Mat 2
Mat 1
Mat 4
Mat 3
Mat 2
Mat 1
STK
Elite
reader4
Figure 14: 16m timing line + backup
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4.2.3 8m timing line: 4 mats in a row
Only 1 Elite reader is needed.
STK
Elite
reader
Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4
Figure 15: 8m timing line
4.2.4 8m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 4 mats
2 Elite readers are needed.
Timing line
STK
Elite
reader 1
Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4
Backup line
STK
Elite
reader 2
Mat 4
Mat 3
Mat 2
Mat 1
Figure 16: 8m timing line + backup
4.2.5 4m timing line + backup: 2 rows of 2 mats
Only 1 Elite reader is needed.
Mat 1
Mat 3
Timing line
Mat 2
Mat 4
Backup line
STK
Elite
reader
Figure 17: 4m timing line + backup
4.2.6 Precautions of use!
The tail of the mat’s cables should be placed correctly under the mats. If it is not correctly done, the reader
setup will not be in its optimal configuration and tags can be missed.
The correct placement is showed in Figure 18.
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Not good
placement =>
missed tags
Optimum
placement=>
no missed tags
Figure 18: Mat's tail placement
5 TAGS
5.1 Shoe tag
It is a Half-Credit card size that must be attached to the shoe. It is robust and light.
Figure 19: Shoe tag
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5.2 Ankle tag
Product in development, it is not yet available.
5.3 Bike tag
It is an A5 format plate that can be fitted under the plate number of the bike.
Figure 20: Bike tag
6 COMMUNICATION WITH THE READER
To be added
7 INSTALLATION OF THE READER
7.1 Precautions of use!
•
Timing mats should be placed at least 0.5m from any large metal / conducting objects such as
fences, barb wire etc.
•
The STK Elite reader and mats should be placed at a distance of at least 10m from other
electromagnetic field generating equipment such as fan motors, audio equipment etc.
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•
Try to avoid as much as possible to put the mats on reinforced concrete, because it decrease the
performances of the reading.
•
No AC power lines including extension cords should be placed at a distance of less than 1m from
the reader unit and timing mats.
•
Ensure that mats are lain out in there full length and breadth and not rolled up or folded when being
used, to use the system in the optimum configuration.
•
During the race, the external conditions (temperature, humidity or new metallic object close the
mats) can change and might decrease the performances of the system. In that case, to come back
again to optimum performances, you should press for 2 seconds on the “Manual tuning button” (see
chapter 3.1.1 Transmitter unit) to tune again the antennas. When you do that, be sure that there are
no runners passing on the mats in order to not miss tags.
7.2 Installation of mats
1. Install the mats at the desired place on the floor in respecting the colour configurations (see chapter
4.2 Mats configurations)
2. Put the mat cable’s tail as described in chapter 4.2.6
7.3 Installation of the reader
3. Position the reader where the mat’s plugs are reachable
4. Plug the TX antennas in respecting the colour matching
5. Plug the RX antennas in respecting the colour matching
6. Switch on the reader
7. 2 seconds after switching on the reader, 2 beeps will be emitted
8. 40 seconds after switching on the reader, a beep will be emitted indicating that the reader is ready
7.4 Testing of tag reading distance
A test of reading with a tag should be done on each mat to be sure that there is not too much
electromagnetic perturbations that will limit the reading distance.
9. The tag should be presented over each mat and you should check that the tag is read by the reader
with a good reading distance (more than 40cm in height).
10. Now your system is ready!
8 SPECIFICATIONS
Consumption: 3Amps
Internal battery: 12V, 17Ah, 6Kg
External power supply: 12Vdc
Weight: 18Kg
Dimensions: 285mm H x 325mm W x 370mm L
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