1 Getting started

1 Getting started
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Falcom STEPP II
Getting Started
Preliminary
Version 1.00
STEPP II GETTING STARTED
VERSION 1.00
Index of contents
0
INTRODUCTION ..............................................................3
0.1
0.2
USED ABBREVIATIONS .................................................................................................................... 3
RELATED DOCUMENTS.................................................................................................................... 3
1
GETTING STARTED........................................................4
1.1
1.1.1
1.2
1.2.1
OVERVIEW OF STEPP II STARTER KIT ........................................................................................... 4
Installing the STEPP II Starter Kit steps........................................................................................ 5
TERMINAL EMULATOR SETUP ......................................................................................................... 6
Evaluating the STEPP II locally, using SiRFDemo software ...................................................... 11
2
HOW TO UPDATE THE NEW FIRMWARE INTO
THE STEPP ......................................................................14
Version history:
Version number
1.00
Author
Fadil Beqiri
Changes
Initial version
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Cautions
Information furnished herein by FALCOM are accurate and reliable.
However, no responsibility is assumed for its use.
Please, read carefully the safety precautions.
If you have any technical questions regarding this document or the
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FALCOM GmbH.
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0 Introduction
This guide explains the basic steps for getting started with STEPP II
terminal. The STEPP II GSM/GPRS/GPS device allows a quick and
uncomplicated configuration and evaluation by the user via local RS232interface (directly connected to the serial port) or remotely via air interface.
With WindowsTM Hyperterminal application (utility that is pre-installed on
all versions of Windows 98, 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows
2000 and Windows-XP) it is possible to request GPS position data, and to
execute a range of configurations.
The Falcom STEPP II can also be configured using the Configurator 2.0
software. The software description can be found in a separated manual, file
name is “Stepp_configurator_2.2.pdf” delivered on the CD.
0.1 Used abbreviations
Abbreviation
Description
GPS
Global Positioning System
NMEA
National Maritime Electronics Association
GSM
Global Standard for Mobile Communications
GPI
General Propose Input
CRLF
Carriage Return/Line Feed
bps
Bit per Second
0.2 Related documents
1. SiRF binary and NMEA protocol specification;
www.falcom.de/Service/Manuals/SiRF
2. SiRFDemo software and SiRFflash programming utility;
www.falcom.de/Service/Manuals/SiRF
3. stepp_II_hardware_manual.pdf
4. “Configurator 2.0” Configuration software
5. stepp_II_software_2.0RC1_manual.pdf
6. stepp_II_software_1.6.2_manual.pdf
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1 Getting started
1.1 Overview of STEPP II Starter Kit
The Stepp II device can be obtained as a single unit or as part of a starter kit.
The device has two antenna plugs, one for GSM and one for GPS. The
device has a slot where a GSM SIM should be inserted. The SIM card
should be used for GSM communication to the device. The device also has a
Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 socket and an AMP INFOPORT Series III header. The
Molex socket gives access to the power input and signals such as the inputs,
outputs The AMP header gives access to signals such as the microphone, the
speaker and the RS232 serial connection.
The Stepp II Starter Kit provides an environment for evaluating and
configuring the Stepp II device. The kit can be used to emulate the final
hardware setup used when the device is installed. Connecting the device to
the evaluation board gives easy access to the device.
Image 2 gives an overview of the variety of components contained in
Falcom’s STEPP II Starter Kit:
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Falcom STEPP II device with built-in bracket
GSM/GPS antenna
AC/DC adapter (European standard 220 AC / 12V DC)
Evaluation box (This Eval-Board is not the same one to previous
STEPP evaluation board)
16-pin configuration cable with MOLEX plug connection
Cable with 15-pin AMP and DB15 plug connection
Audio cable
1,5m power cable
Modem cable set with DB9 plug connection
Handsfree loudspeaker and microphone
CD with
- Configuration software STEPPconfig
- Hardware description
- Software description
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Image 1: Scope of items in STEPP II Starter Kit.
The evaluation box has the following connection ports (see image 3):
• Input for power supply (10 to 32V DC)
• DB9 serial interface for PC COM Port
• Audio cable with DB15 plug connection to connect with 15-pin AMP
connector of STEPP II Terminal
• Configuration cable with 16-pin Molex connection to connect with 16pin Molex Connector of STEPP II Terminal
• 8-pin RJ45 audio (MIC N1 and MIC P1, see hardware description
(“stepp_II_hardware_manual”) OUTPUT for alarm channel
• MIC/SPK INPUT/OUTPUT (SPK2 and MIC2, see hardware description
(“stepp_II_hardware_manual”) – connections for voice channel
• 4 LEDs to signalise the status of the digital outputs 1 to 4 of the STEPP
II
• 9 switches to test the digital inputs 1 to 4, as well as IGN (ignition) and
to switch ON/OFF various device functions such as V+, ACCU OFF,
MIC intern and BOOT on the STEPP II Terminal (see
“stepp_II_hardware_manual” for detailed information).
• Potentiometer to test analogue inputs 1 and 2.
• MIC 1 INPUT alarm microphone.
Image 2: Connections of evaluation box
Descriptions on the output pins and the hardware of the connections on the
STEPP II are provided in “stepp_II_hardware_manual.pdf” chapter
“Hardware Interfaces”.
1.1.1
Installing the STEPP II Starter Kit steps
In general, be sure not to turn on the STEPP II terminal module while it is
out of the operating range of voltage and temperature stated described in the
hardware manual.
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The kit can be setup using the procedure below.
WARNING: Please do not use the previous Stepp Eval-Board (Starter-Kit
for STEPP) for STEPP II terminal. The STEPP II Eval-Board
has a built-in Li-Ion battery which is directly linked to the
“ACCU ON/OFF” switches placed in the Eval-board and to
the VBAT+ pin of STEPP II. This pin (on the STEPP II) has
in no case to be connected neither to the operating voltage
nor to the GND, else you will damage your terminal.
1. Connect both antenna plugs to the corresponding plugs on the Stepp II
device.
2. Connect the AMP connector on the cable to the AMP header on the
Stepp device. Connect the DB15 plug on the other end of the cable to
the respective socket on the evaluation board.
3. Connect a Molex plug on the cable to the socket on the STEPP II device.
Connect the plug on the other end of the cable to the respective socket
on the evaluation board.
4. Connect the speaker and microphone to the respective sockets on the
evaluation board.
5. Use the serial cable to connect the evaluation board to a serial port on
the PC.
6. Insert the SIM card into the SIM interface of the STEPP II
7. Connect the power module to the evaluation board and to the ac power
supply.
1.2 Terminal emulator setup
Please ensure that the STEPP II terminal is properly connected to the EvalBoard and to the host device. Make sure that the STEPP II terminal is
powered on and the GSM LED indicator on the front side of device flashes.
The example below is based on the Windows™ Hyperterminal, because of it
is a supplement tool which is also licensed by purchased Windows™. The
STEPP II can also be configured by using any other Terminal-Program. The
instructions below describe how to use the STEPP II (operating with
Firmware V1.6.2 or V2.0RC1) with a PC running Windows 2000.
On the first time power-up you can use a terminal software which allows the
communication with a modem via RS232 serial port. On Windows 2000,
starts the HyperTerminal program.
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Figure 3: Using Microsoft Windows™ Hyper Terminal
Assign the name for a new session on the displayed window (e.g
STEPP_II).
Figure 4: Assign the name for a new session
Choose the correct COM Port and baud rate settings (9600bps, 8 bit, no
parity bit, 1 stop bit).
Hint 1: To control the STEPP II operating with firmware “V2.0RC1”, use
the following pre-defined factory settings:
57600
8
No
1
None
bps
Data bits
Parity bit
Stop bit
Flow control.
Hint 2: To control the STEPP II operating with firmware “STEPP II
Firmware V1.6.2”, use the following pre-defined factory settings
9600
8
No
1
None
bps
Data bits
Parity bit
Stop bit
Flow control.
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Figure 5: COM Port transmission settings
If a connection to the STEPP II terminal is established, the transmitted
protocols will be displayed.
Please note that, if the embedded GPS reciver of the STEPP II device
(operating with 2.0RC1 firmware) is unable to calculate a valid position
due to the satellites on view (less then 3 satellites) it stops the start-up
procedure (no GPS messages will be displayed in the terminal program)
and it goes into the sleep state. In that case, please, change the location of
the GPS antenna and restart your STEPP II device. In order to evaluate
the GPS receiver, if valid positions are being received, see section 1.2.1.
Figure 6: COM Port transmission settings
To sent a command to the STEPP II terminal while the GPS messages are
being displayed on the terminal program, the default configurations of
terminal program has to be changed. To do this, click the property button.
Then select the Settings tab sheet, and then click on ASCI setup... button to
start the ASCI Setup dialog box.
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Figure 7: Connections properties.
On the appeared dialog box select the check box captioned ”send line ends
with line feeds”, click on OK button and close the opened dialog box.
Figure 8: Change the default setting
Now open a text file (txt extended file) and write “$PSRF108,PIN=3333*68”
command which has to be sent to the STEPP II terminal (e.g see the figure
below). The value “3333” of PIN parameter has to correspond to the PIN
number of your SIM Card, which is provided by your mobile phone service
provider. Please note that, after the command is written, press the enter key
to complete the command (<CR><LF>), else the command will be ignored
from the STEPP II terminal. Save the opened file, for example “example
.txt” and then close it. Please, remember file directory. Note that, this
command is available using the “V2.0RC1” firmware, only. Using the
“1.6.2” firmware other command has to be written into the text file.
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Figure 9: Write the command on the text file.
In order to sent the command to the terminal you have to tranfer the saved
text file with included command. Click the Transfer on the Hyperterminal
menu and select Send text file... .
Figure 10: Start the transfer program.
Select the saved text file “example.txt” from its directory and click the open
button. Now the command(s) included in the text file is automatically sent
to the connected STEPP II terminal.
Note that, after the text file is sent to the device and it is accepted from the
device as well (command is written without single mistake), it writes the
user defined value onto the internal FLASH and it will be displayed upon
request. Sending the “$PSRF108,CNF*49” command to the STEPP II
terminal, it responds only changed configuration (changed from the user)
while the GPS messages are being displayed. To find the received
configurations from the STEPP II use the vertical and horizontal scroll bars
of terminal. The default settings will be not displayed.
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Figure 11: Sending the command
More information how to test the Falcom STEPP II operating with firmware
V2.0RC1 can be found in a separated manual. Section 1.3 on the
“stepp_II_software_2.0RC1_manual.pdf” user manual describes how to
configure and poll the current state of the STEPP II remotely via a TCP
server connection.
1.2.1
Evaluating the STEPP II locally, using SiRFDemo software
After you’ve connected the STEPP II to one of the avalible ports on your
PC, please, install the SiRFdemo software which is available on the CD or
download it from Falcom’s Website:
www.falcom.de/service/downloads/SiRF/SiRFdemo.zip
1. Run the SiRFdemo software by double clicking the SiRFdemo.exe file.
The SiRFdemo program will be automatically installed onto your
computer.
2. To start the SiRFdemo software, either double-click on the
SiRFdemo.exe installed file or if you have created a shortcut on your
desktop, double-click the SiRFdemo.exe.
3. The SiRFdemo software will appear as follow:
Before running the software, make sure that your PC is
recognizing the STEPP II properly. In order to receive the valid
positions for the current location of the device, please, place the
GPS antenna to the sky (no obstacles).
On the activated Data Source Setup window, select the COM
(e.g. COM1) for SiRFdemo program. Using V2.0RC1 firmware
set the baud rate to 57600 bps. See figure below. Using STEPP II
1.6.2 firmware set the baud rate to 9600 bps.
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Click the icon on toolbar by the up-down button (marked button
in figure below) the program will automatically detect the
selected COM port and starts evaluating.
The output messages can be viewed in the Development Data
screen. For a description of NMEA messages please download
from Falcom’s Website the “SiRFmessages.pdf” file. The
valid/invalid protocols can be recognized in the $GPRMC
protocol as shown in figure below. The capital letter A means,
incoming protocols are valid and the capital letter V means,
incoming protocols are invalid.
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For more detailed information about the using of SiRFdemo
software, please download the SiRFdemo.pdf manual, which is also
available on our web page.
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2 How to update the new firmware into the STEPP
In order to allow users of Falcom STEPP II to utilize new released
firmware, a program has to be available to update the on-board FlashMemory. The new firmware and an update program are distributed
electronically via Internet or CD.
Important note: Please write down the important existing configuration
settings for the Falcom STEPP II using the current firmware. The
update procedure of a new firmware erases the whole internal flash
memory and the presettings stored on it will absolutely erased, too.
WARNING !!!
In oder to evaluate and test both the 1.6.2 and 2.0RC1 firmware on the
same STEPP II terminal, the first serial port (GSM) and second serial
port (GPS) must be configured to the same bit rate. Whereby the bit rate
of GPS serial port will be specified from the used firmware. If the STEPP
II device has been started-up with firmware 2.0RC1, the communication
between GSM and GPS serial ports is fixed at the 57600 bit rate (due to
the used firmware operation task). This setting is stored in the nonvolatile memory of GSM part and will be used whenever the engine is
powered up again. If you reprogram the FLASH with the firmware 1.6.2
or greater version the communication between GSM and GPS serial ports
has to be specified to 9600 bit rate (due to the used firmware operation
task). The GSM serial port baudrate is read from the non-volatile
memory and automatically set to the 57600 bps. So the communication to
the GSM could not be performed.
In order to change and specify the bit rate to the required firmware
operation, at first shut down the TCP-connection using PSRF111,stop (if
such connection already exist), and then the command:
PSRF111,autobaud //set the baudrate between GSM and GPS core to 0.
should several times be sent until the following message appears:
$[g] GSM compatibility mode entered for 1.6.x
After the modem has been set in the autobauding mode, then other
firmware such as the 1.6.2 and greater version can be flashed in the
FLASH memory of target device.
In order to update a new Falcom STEPP II firmware, please, follow step-bystep the instructions described below:
Point your web browser to www.falcom.de, go to service firmware
Falcom STEPP II and download the “stepp_sw_x.zip“ file. The
folder “sirf_flash” and the new firmware are included in this zip file.
Unzip the stepp_sw_x.zip file.
If Falcom STEPP II terminal is still not connected to the STEPPSTARTERKIT, connect it, else go to the next step.
The update procedure takes place if the target system (Falcom STEPP
II ) is reset in the internal update mode. Therefore, if the terminal is
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powered on, power it down (means, turn off the switches ACCU
OFF, V+ and BOOT, on the STEPP II EVAL-BOARD).
First turn on the switch BOOT (this enables update mode), and then
turn on the switches ACCU OFF and V+. The system is now in the
update mode.
Start “SiRFflash.exe” program from the folder “sirf_flash” by
double clicking the icon. The Dialog Window shown below appears.
Make sure that the serial port of EVAL-BOARD is properly
connected to one of the available COM ports on your PC (i.e.
COM1).
Please, refer to the figure below for the following points. Select the
Program flash radio button in the Activity selection box
Select the Line where your Falcom STEPP II is connected (i.e
COM1) and Baud rate (115200) in the Communication settings box.
Select the Chip select (CSN0) and Chip offset (0) in the Flash
location settings box.
Choose the download file (the new firmware “*.S” is included in the
stepp_sw_x.zip file) by using the Browse button into the File
selection box.
Select Erase whole chip, in the Programming options box.
Press Execute button to start the flash update programming.
The current positions of the programming progress will be displayed
in the Progress bar and the Total, Erase and Burn process will be
shown in the Timing box.
Note: Do not interrupt this procedure. A partially reprogrammed
flash memory could lead to invalid operation of the terminal
and permanent damage of the components.
If an error is generated by clicking the Execute button or during flash
programming, check cables and retry the operation or click the help
button to get the troubleshooting described in the help file of
SirfFlash program.
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If download has been completed successfully, power down the Falcom
STEPP II (turn off the switches ACCU OFF, V+ and BOOT). Your
Falcom STEPP II is ready to run with the new firmware. The Falcom
STEPP II with the new firmware is automatically started at the next
power up (turn on the switches ACCU OFF, V+). A complete
configuration has to be done.
For further evaluation of the updated firmware in the FLSH memory of
target device, please refer to the corresponding documentation, which is
included on the delivering CD.
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