VBOX 3iSL User Guide
VBOX 3iSL 100Hz GPS Data Logger
User Guide
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Contents
EC Declaration of Conformity .................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Features ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Quick-start Guide ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
For Slip and Pitch measurements ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 7
For Slip and Roll measurements .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8
Antenna Placement................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
How to setup Dual Antenna VB3i SL using VBOX Manager ................................................................................................................. 9
Antenna Separation ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Roll Mode ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Align Antennas ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Level Antennas........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Parts Supplied with VBOX 3iSL ............................................................................................................................................................. 16
Optional Accessories ............................................................................................................................................................................. 16
Operation ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 17
Power ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 17
Buttons ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Logging ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
LED Indicators ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 20
Memory Cards ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 21
GPS Antenna ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Analogue and Digital outputs (AD1 & AD2) ............................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Digital Inputs (D IN) .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Analogue inputs (A In) ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 25
RS232 Serial / CAN.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 27
CAN Pass through...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Dynamic Modes.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
Slip Angle Noise ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
Satellite Elevation Mask ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 32
USB ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 33
Bluetooth .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 33
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Audio .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 34
VBOX 3iSL „.VBO‟ file format ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 35
VBOXTools Software .............................................................................................................................................................................. 36
Software Installation ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 36
IMU Integration ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 37
Hardware configuration .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 38
Hardware Set Up ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 40
Upgrading the VBOX 3iSL’s Firmware .................................................................................................................................................. 41
How to Upgrade the Firmware ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Troubleshooting Guide .......................................................................................................................................................................... 42
VBOX 3iSL Specification ........................................................................................................................................................................ 45
Connection Data ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 47
Analogue Input Connector ..................................................................................................................................................................... 50
CAN Output ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 51
Contact Details ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 53
Document Updates..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 53
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EC Declaration of Conformity
We declare that this product has been tested to and meet the requirements of:
EC Directive 2004/104/EC
“Adapting to Technical Progress Council directive 72/245/EEC relating to the radio interference (Electromagnetic Compatibility) of vehicles and amending directive
70/156/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers.”
And has also been assessed, via Technical Construction File, by an independent DTI Competent Body and found to be in conformance with the essential
requirements of:
EC Directive 89/336/EEC (and amending directives)
“Council Directive of 03 May 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to electromagnetic compatibility.”
DTI Competent Body responsible for issuing certificate of compliance:
3C Test Ltd,
Silverstone Technology Park,
Silverstone,
Northants
NN12 8GX
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Introduction
VBOX 3i dual antenna (VB3i SL) is Racelogic‟s most powerful GPS data logging system. By utilising two GPS engines configured in a „fixed baseline RTK setup‟,
the VB3i SL combines high level accuracy and test repeatability with the ability to measure slip and pitch/roll angles at 100Hz. The data can be shown live (using
USB/RS232 serial connection) and be logged data directly on to a compact flash card for easy transfer to PC.
The VB3i SL also includes 4 high-resolution analogue input channels to record data from external sensors and 2 CAN bus interfaces to allow connection of
Racelogic input modules while simultaneously transmitting GPS data on the second CAN bus.
In line with previous VBOX models, the VB3i SL is compatible with existing peripherals, including Multifunction display, ADC03, TC8, FIM03, IMU03 and Yaw rate
sensor.
The VB3i SL package includes a VBOX Manager, which enables the user to setup the dual antenna separation, change the dynamic modes, level and align the
antennas, show speed and control file creation and logging.
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Features
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Non-contact 100Hz speed and distance measurement using GPS
Dual antennas for 100Hz vehicle attitude measurement
IMU Integration with GPS data (with optional IMU)
4 x 24bit synchronous differential analogue inputs ±50v
Brake/Event trigger input of 10ns resolution
Voice Tagging of Data
2 x CAN Bus interface
RS-232 serial interface
USB Interface
Bluetooth Interface
Compact Flash Interface
2 x 16bit User configurable analogue outputs
2 x Digital outputs
Brake trigger Input with 100KHz scan rate
Wide 7V to 30V operating range *See Note
Low current consumption
Logging rate selectable from 100Hz, 50Hz, 20Hz, 10Hz, 5Hz, 1Hz
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Quick-start Guide
For Slip and Pitch measurements
Required equipment (All supplied as standard unless specified):
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VB3i SL
12V Cigar Lighter adapter lead (RLCAB010L)
VBOX File Manager + RLCAB005-C
2 x GPS & GLONASS antenna (RLACS156)
Blank Compact Flash Card
Laptop PC (not supplied)
RLCAB001 or RLCAB066-2 (for PC connection)
Tape measure
1. Place VBOX in vehicle then mount the GPS/GLONASS antennas on the vehicle roof in-line with the direction of motion, and clear from any obstructions (see
image right).
2. Note that any alignment error can be zeroed using the „ALIGN ANTENNAS‟ option on the VBOX Manager.
3. Make sure the antennas are rotated so the wires exit in the same direction as each other.
4. Accurately measure separation distance to the nearest 5 millimetres, for best accuracy measure from the point at which
the cable exits the antenna.
5. For normal operation, place the primary antenna (Socket A) at the rear of the car, and the secondary antenna (Socket B)
at the front. All measurements are made from the primary antenna.
6. Power up VB3i SL.
7. Connect VBOX Manager to VB3i SL port dedicated to Racelogic CAN bus (determined in CAN tab of VBOX Tools
Setup)
8. Go into SETUP->VBOX->DUAL ANTENNA->SEPARATION and enter the separation of the antennas.
9. Allow the unit time to acquire full satellite lock. The number of satellites in view is indicated by the SATS LED; the total of green flashes indicates GPS
count, whilst an orange flash indicates the GLONASS satellite count. If the VBOX has not used for a long time, or the location where it is being tested has
changed drastically, a GPS coldstart may be required.
10. Move forward in a straight line, in an open area, and the DUAL LED should turn green to indicate dual antenna lock has been obtained. Once the DUAL LED
is lit (green) you are ready to begin testing. Note that it takes around 30s-1m to reach full accuracy on the pitch measurement.
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For Slip and Roll measurements
1. Follow the same steps as „Slip & Pitch measurement‟ guide, but mount the antennas 90° to the true heading of the vehicle such that the primary antenna
(Port A) is on the left hand side of the roof. Minimum recommended separation between the antennas is 0.5m on a level plane, but the greater the
separation distance, the better the accuracy.
2. Using the VBOX Manager, go into SETUP->VBOX->DUAL ANTENNA-> and tick „ROLL MODE‟.
3. Go into SETUP->VBOX->DUAL ANTENNA->SEPARATION and enter the separation of the antennas.
4. Try to avoid placing the antennas close to the edge of the roof as this may result in poor dual lock. This is because reflections from the ground will disturb
the signals.
5. Driving forward should now bring on the green DUAL LED.
Antenna Placement
Whilst installation and use of the VBOX3iSL is intended to be fast and simple, careful attention must be paid to placement of the antennas.
It is essential that the separation of Antenna B from Antenna A is exactly the same as the separation value set inside the VBOX3iSL via the VBOX Manager. If the
separation is incorrect, data may not be given or may be inaccurate. The measured distance between the antennas should be the straight-line distance between the
antennas regardless of the mounting angle. It is not the 2D distance between the antennas as viewed from above.
The supplied tape measure will help ensure an accurate antenna separation.
Antenna A is the primary antenna, from which all calculations are based. Therefore the primary antenna should be placed relative to where you wish to make your
measurements from. For example, If you wish to make measurements from the centre of the vehicle, this can be achieved by placing the primary antenna at the
centre of the vehicle or translating the position using the slip angle translation function in the Vbox Manager.
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How to setup Dual Antenna VB3i SL using VBOX Manager
The VBOX Manager has been developed to control the operating functions of a VB3i SL. Under the VBOX Menu, there is a Dual Antenna sub-menu, allowing the
user to configure their VB3i SL unit for dual antenna testing purposes.
For dual antenna operations, the „dual antenna‟ option must be enabled by selecting the enable option. If this is successfully enabled, the user should see the full
Dual Antenna menu system, with a „tick‟ shown next to Enable.
Antenna Separation
The most important factor for dual antenna testing is the correct configuration of the separation distance between the two antenna centre points. This allows the
VB3i SL to acquire and maintain dual antenna lock. The physical separation distance between the two antennas should be measured as accurately as possible, and
entered in to the Separation option of the Dual Antenna menu. Distances can be incremented in millimetre steps.
Note: Whenever the physical antenna separation is altered, this should be changed accordingly within the VBOX Manager.
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Roll Mode (optional)
The VB3i SL allows the user to separately test roll and pitch measurements during their testing. By default, the VB3i SL will be setup for pitch determination. If the
user wishes to setup their antennas across the width of the car to measure roll angle, then the Roll Mode option must be toggled in the Dual Antenna menu. Click
this option to toggle between Pitch Mode (no-tick), and Roll Mode (tick).
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Align Antennas
To measure the slip angle with the most precision, try and get the alignment of
the antennas as close as possible to the centreline of the vehicle. Any residual
errors in this alignment can be removed using the AUTO ALIGN feature available
in the VBOX Manager.
The calibration process requires the driver to drive in a straight line for a short
period of time, whilst maintaining a constant speed, greater than 25km/h. Note
that any camber on the road or a strong side wind will affect this alignment.
Note: You must have dual antenna lock to be able to perform this calibration.
Selecting the CLEAR option will remove any offset applied to the slip channel.
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Level Antennas
The Pitch measurement uses the relative height difference between the antennas to calculate the Pitch Angle relative to the ground. If the roof of your vehicle is not
perfectly flat in relation to the ground, then this will show up as a Pitch offset. You can automatically remove any offset by performing the AUTO LEVEL feature
available on the VBOX Manager.
It is recommended that you perform the AUTO LEVEL on a flat, level section of road.
Selecting the Clear option will remove any offset applied to the pitch channel.
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Slip Angle Translation
In twin antenna mode you may wish to take slip measurements from other locations on the vehicle, for instance the centre of gravity or slip over the wheels. This can
be set using the SLIP TRANSLATION function in the VBOX Manager. The five additional locations are set using longitudinal and lateral offsets from the primary
antenna location (antenna 1 in the picture below). Longitudinal translation offsets should be defined as positive when forward of the primary antenna, negative when
behind the antenna. Latitudinal translation offsets should be defined as negative when to the left of the antenna, positive when to the right.
IMU assistance: when an IMU module is connected to the VB3i SL, the yaw rate channel will be used in the calculated slip channels as the signal to noise ratio is
much lower than the GPS derived yaw rate. Therefore no extra noise is added during the slip translation process.
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In section 1 on the diagram below there is a lateral offset between the primary antenna and the target area for slip measurement. Same again for section 2, there is
a longitudinal offset. These offsets will need to be applied to the VBOX Manager (ensure you apply the correct sign when entering the offsets).
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Each calculated slip point will require two offsets (LAT & LNG) or (lateral & longitudinal) for the VBOX to calculate the channels correctly…
Note: if the primary antenna moves the offsets will need to be measured again, for example swapping between a pitch and roll setup.
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Parts Supplied with VBOX 3iSL
Description
Qty
Racelogic Part #
VBOX 3iSL Data logger
1
RLVB3iSL
Mains Charger/Power Supply
1
RLVBACS020
2-way LEMO to cigar lighter plug 1m
1
GPS/GLONASS Antenna
Description
Qty
Racelogic Part #
5 Way LEMO to 9 Way „D‟ Connector „Serial PC Cable‟
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RLCAB001
25 Way D Connector
1
ADC25IPCON
RLCAB010L
VBOX 3iSL User Manual
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RLVBACS030
2
RLACS156
Bluetooth Antenna
1
RLACS119
4GB Compact Flash Card
1
RLACS098
USB 2.0 cable
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RLCAB066-2
Media Card Reader
1
RLACS163
VBOX Padded carry case
1
RLVBACS013
VBOX Tools Installation CD
VBOX Manager
SMA – SMA Antenna cables
1
1
2
RLVBACS030
RLVBFMAN
RLCAB071-4
VBOX 3iSL Audio Headset
VBOX Tape Measure
1
1
RLACS120
RLACS091
Optional Accessories
Description
Racelogic Part #
Description
Racelogic Part #
Brake Pedal Trigger
RLVBACS004
4 Channel Frequency Input Module
RLVBFIM03
Hand-held brake trigger
RLVBACS009
16 Channel Vehicle CAN Interface
RLVBCAN02
Logging Start/Stop Switch
RLVBACS010
8 Channel Thermocouple Interface
RLVBTC8
8 Channel (16bit) Analogue Interface
RLVBADC03
Can to Analogue Output Module
RLVBDAC01
8 Channel (10bit) Analogue Interface
RLVBADC02
Single Yaw Rate Sensor + 2 axis G Sensor
RLVBYAW03
Multifunction Display
RLVBDSP03
Inertial Measurement Unit. 3 Yaw Rate Sensors & 3
accelerometers*
RLVBIMU03
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Operation
Power
Included with a VBOX 3iSL is a cigar lighter power cable, which is the primary source of power input. This is terminated in a 2-way connector and mates with the 2way „PWR‟ socket on a VBOX 3iSL.
A VBOX 3iSL can be powered from a wide range of voltage sources, when considering batteries as a power source please note that the minimum operating voltage
of a VBOX 3iSL is 7V. The maximum operating voltage input must not exceed 30V DC. Failure to observe this could result in damage to the VBOX.
Warning
The VBOX can be connected to other Racelogic input modules including the ADC03, ADC02, TC8,
FIM02/3 and Multifunction display. Please note that the voltage supply to Racelogic modules
connected to the VBOX will be at the same level as the VBOX power input. Therefore when using
any of the Racelogic peripherals with VBOX 3iSL, the input voltage must not exceed 15 volts.
Failure to observe this could result in damage to the module and possibly the VBOX 3iSL.
When running the VBOX from a battery pack, the VBOX will sound a warning tone to indicate when the battery voltage is reaching the minimum operating voltage
level. When this tone is heard, the battery pack requires re-charging or replacing.
A VBOX 3iSL has been designed to generate as little heat as possible and it has a wide operating temperature range, however it is good practice to mount the
VBOX 3i in a position where it has sufficient airflow around the case.
You must connect the GPS antenna before connecting power to a VBOX 3iSL. This is necessary because on power-up a VBOX 3iSL will look for a connected GPS
antenna and automatically adjust its gain for optimum performance.
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Buttons
VBOX 3iSL has two membrane buttons on the front panel, LOG and FUNC. LOG is used to start and stop logging to the compact flash card, and FUNC is used to
switch between two sample rates, 100Hz and 20Hz.
LOG
The LOG button will override any of the automatic logging thresholds set in the VBOX. For example, if you have set the VBOX to log all the time, the LOG button will
toggle logging on and off. If you have set the VBOX to ‟log only when moving‟ and you are moving, pressing the LOG button will stop the VBOX logging and close
the file on the compact flash. Logging will now not continue even if you are moving until the LOG button is pressed again or the compact flash card is removed and
reinserted. The VBOX will then continue to log only when moving.
Every time the logging is toggled with the LOG button, a new file is created.
When the VBOX is logging, the blue CF light flashes.
Do not remove the CF card or power down whilst this LED is flashing, if you need to remove the card or power down whilst the CF light is flashing, then
press the LOG button first to stop the VBOX logging.
FUNC
Pressing the FUNC button briefly flashes the LED‟s to indicate the current sample rate. A slow flash (once per second) on all the LED‟s indicates 20Hz, and rapid
flashing (5 times a second) indicates a 100Hz sample rate. A running sequence of lights indicates a sample rate other than 100Hz or 20Hz. Pressing and holding the
FUNC button for 5 seconds toggles the current sample rate. The sample rate can also be set in the VBOX software.
Default setup
The default factory settings are restored to the VBOX by pressing and holding the FUNC and LOG buttons for 5 seconds. This will put the VBOX 3i into the default
factory settings, 100Hz logging when moving, and the standard logging parameters: sats, time, latitude, longitude, velocity, heading, height, vertical velocity, and
brake trigger event time. (DGPS will be off by default.).
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Logging
A VBOX 3iSL has three Logging modes that are selected and configured via VBOX setup with the supplied VBOXTools software
Logging Modes
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Log Continuously:
With „Log Continuously‟ ticked the VBOX will log data, regardless of movement.
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Log Only when moving:
Without „Log Continuously‟ ticked then the VBOX will only log data to the CF card when it detects speed >0.5Km/h.
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Advanced:
The advanced logging option on a VBOX 3iSL allows any of the logged data channels to be used to trigger the logging on the VBOX.
This is selected and configured through VBOX setup of the supplied VBOXTools software.
This facility allows a threshold value to be set as either > or < so that the logging will start or stop when a data value is exceeded or not.
Multiple Data channels can be combined in a Boolean „OR‟ manner to control the logging.
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LED Indicators
There are a series of LED indicators on the front panel of a VBOX 3iSL, their functionality is as follows:
GPS:
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Flashing Red indicates no satellites in view
Flashing Green sequence indicates the number of GPS Satellites currently being tracked. Each flash indicates a satellite with a short pause between each
sequence.
Flashing Orange sequence indicates the number of GLONASS Satellites currently being tracked. Each flash indicates a satellite with a short pause between
each sequence.
Sequence showing 1 Satellite
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1
1
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Sequence showing 4 Satellites
Delay
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4
Delay
1
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Sequence showing 0 Satellites
Delay (Approximately 1 second )
Delay (Approximately 1 second )
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DIFF:
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Solid Orange indicates a DGPS lock (either SBAS or 40cm Local
DGPS)
Solid Green indicates a 2cm „Fixed‟ RTK lock
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Flashing Yellow indicates that expected incoming CAN data has been
decoded properly and is being logged.
Flashing Green indicates that there is incoming Serial traffic through
this socket.
BLUETOOTH:
Solid Orange indicates that dual antenna mode is enabled.
Solid Green indicates dual antenna lock is fixed.
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UNLIT indicates Bluetooth waiting for a connection.
Solid BLUE indicates the VBOX 3iSL has a Bluetooth connection with
another Bluetooth device.
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Flashes BLUE when data is being written to the card
PWR:
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Solid GREEN indicates that a suitable power source is connected.
Solid Red indicates that the VBOX is not ready to operate either
because it is still booting up or because there is an error condition.
LOG:
D IN:
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Solid GREEN indicates that the Brake trigger input has been
activated/triggered.
CAN:
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Lights solid GREEN when data is being logged to the CF card.
Flashes RED indicating current logging rate after „FUNC‟ button
press, fast for 100Hz, slow for 20Hz
IMU: (for future development)
Flashing Yellow indicates that expected incoming CAN data has been
decoded properly and is being logged.
Flashing Green indicates that there is incoming Serial traffic through
this socket.
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Solid Orange indicates that IMU integration is enabled.
Solid Green indicates IMU is active.
Memory Cards
A VBOX 3iSL stores logged data onto CF cards. The CF cards available from Racelogic are already optimised for use on a VBOX 3iSL and as such do not need
formatting before use. Should the CF Card need formatting due to card errors it can be done through Windows, as a VBOX 3iSL supports the following format type:
 FAT
 FAT16
 FAT32
Racelogic strongly recommends the following media card brands:
SanDisk Kingston
Lexar
Ultra
PQi
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GPS Antenna
The GPS antenna supplied with a VBOX 3iSL is a 3.5V active antenna. For the best possible signal quality, it is important to maintain a clean connection between
the antenna and a VBOX 3iSL. Before fixing the antenna to a VBOX 3iSL, ensure that there are no dust particles in either connector. Replacement antennae are
available by contacting your VBOX distributor.
The antenna is a magnetic mounting type for quick and simple mounting to the vehicle roof. For optimum GPS signal reception, make sure that the antenna is fitted
to the highest point of the vehicle away from any obstructions that may block satellite reception. The GPS antenna works best with a metal ground plane underneath
(a metallic vehicle roof is perfect for this).
Please also note that when using any GPS equipment, a clear sky view is important. Objects in the surrounding
area such as tall buildings or trees can block the GPS signal causing a reduction in the number of satellites being
tracked, or introducing reflected signals that can decrease the accuracy of the system. Note that clouds and other
atmospheric conditions do not affect a VBOX 3iSL‟s performance.
GPS antennas require a ground plane to operate correctly. This helps to reduce unwanted reflections of the GPS
signal caused by nearby objects, and usually the metal roof of a vehicle performs this function. However, if a test
requires an antenna to be placed either off the vehicle, or on a vehicle that does not have a metallic roof, a special
ground plane antenna must be used. This has an internal ground plane and can operate perfectly without the need
for mounting on a metal surface. Ground plane antennas are available from your VBOX distributor.
NOTE: VBOX3iSL can struggle with maintaining dual lock if the antennas are placed too close to Roof Bars.
If a poor mounting position cannot be avoided then the use of elevated GPS/GLONASS ground plane
antennas, RLVBACS068 may be required.
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Analogue and Digital outputs (AD1 & AD2)
The AD1 and AD2 connectors each have 1 analogue voltage and 1 digital output. The digital output on connector AD2 is a frequency/pulse output corresponding to
velocity. The pulse per meter range is adjustable in software. The digital output on connector AD1 is a simple on/off state output. This digital output can be
associated with any of the data channels being logged by the VBOX. A threshold level can be set for the selected data channel where a true condition gives a 5v
output and a false condition gives a 0v.
i.e. Data channel –Speed, threshold 40Km/h. When speed is >40 output = 5V, speed , 40 output = 0V
A hysteresis and tolerance value can also be associated to this condition.
The default function of this digital output is to indicate the current logging status of the VBOX.
The analogue outputs on connectors AD1 and AD2 are both user configurable. For example, analogue output 1 could be configured to output velocity while
analogue output 2 might be configured to output lateral acceleration. The voltage range of both analogue outputs is 0 to 5v DC.
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Digital Inputs (D IN)
The „D IN‟ connector contains the two digital inputs for a VBOX 3iSL. Digital input 1 is also referred to as the Brake trigger input. This input is connected to an event
capture input on the GPS engine. This captures precisely the trigger event time (10nS resolution) for use in brake distance calculation. This period of time is called
the trigger event time, and is logged and used to correct the measured brake stop distance to the exact point at which the trigger was pressed.
A hand-held brake trigger is also available to allow the user to record marker events in a VBOX 3iSL data file.
A remote logging on/off switch is also available for ease of use and when the front panel switch is not accessible.
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Analogue inputs (A In)
a VBOX 3iSL contains four differential 24bit analogue input channels with a maximum sample rate of 100Hz. Each channel has its own dedicated analogue to digital
(A/D) converter with all four channels being sampled synchronously to each other. The voltage range of the input channels is ±50volts. Note that unlike the ADC03
module, the analogue channels in a VBOX 3iSL are not electrically isolated from each other.
The analogue input connector also contains voltage outputs that can be used to power external sensors. These are a Vbatt connection which is equal to the VBOX
input voltage level and a DC isolated 5 V Out connection which is equal to 5V ±2%. Both Vbatt and 5V Out connections are internally protected by 100mA thermal
fuses. For connector pin configuration see page 16. A screw-terminal connector block is available as an option for easy connection of signal pins.
Note: A 25W D-sub to 4W BNC adaptor
block is available through your VBOX
distributor, part number RLVBACS054
NOTE: The 5V regulated output on pin16 is only good for VBOX power supply voltages >8.5V
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Using VBOXTools software, logging of the analogue channel data can be switched on or off. It is also
possible to change the name of each input channel and configure scale and offset values for calibration
of sensors.
A scale value of 1 and offset of 0 correspond to a channel reading in Volts DC. This means that the value
stored on the compact flash card for the channel will also be in volts. When using a sensor such as a load
cell, it may be desirable to store a reading in Kg. In this case, changing the scale and offset to suit the
sensor data sheet allows the data stored onto the compact flash to be in Kg. When changing channel
setup for an analogue channel using VBOX Tools software, a live data view of the current channel is
shown. The value shown is the value after scale and offset is applied and can therefore be used to aid
sensor calibration.
500Hz logging
VB3iSL has the ability to log 4x analogue channels at 500Hz. With this feature enable the file sizes will
increase as a result.
When loading the VBO file into VBOX Tools ensure you are running the very latest version as older
versions are not compatible with 500Hz data.
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RS232 Serial / CAN
VBOX 3iSL is equipped with 2 CAN Bus interfaces and 2 RS232 serial ports. The primary RS232 port is used for all communication between the VBOX and laptop
PC. The primary port is marked RS232 on the VBOX 3i front panel. The primary RS232 port is able to transmit live data from the VBOX to the PC for viewing and
performing real-time tests. It is important to note however that due to limitations of the PC serial port, live data transfer of all channels is limited to 20Hz, at 50Hz only
standard GPS channels should be transmitted, and at 100Hz only Sats, Time, Speed, and Trigger Event Time should be transmitted. Logging too many channels at
too high a rate is likely to cause drop-outs and loss of data.
Therefore for maximum accuracy, tests performed at a GPS sample rate above 20Hz should be logged to compact flash and post processed.
The secondary RS232 port is used for connection to a Telemetry Radio module allowing the reception of Differential GPS (DGPS) data for local correction from a
Racelogic Local DGPS basestation. The secondary RS232 port is located in the connector marked CAN on the VBOX 3iSL front panel.
The CAN Bus ports A and B are located in the VBOX 3iSL connectors “CAN” and “RS232” respectively. The function of these ports is configurable by the user for
use by either Racelogic external modules or the users own CAN Bus equipment. For dual use of RS232 and CAN from one of the sockets you will require a 5Way
Lemo splitter RLVBACS024.
Power supplied to external Racelogic CAN modules through the “CAN” or “RS232” cables is at the same voltage as the input power supply. Therefore
when using Racelogic external CAN modules (eg; MFD or ADC03), the VBOX 3I supply voltage must not exceed 15vDC.
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VCI CAN input (Vehicle CAN Interface)
A VBOX 3iSL can log up to 16 user defined CAN bus signals on VCI port. Configuration is performed using the VCI Modules tab under Channels in VBOXTools
software setup window. CAN signal parameters can be entered manually by the user or imported directly from a CAN database (.DBC) file if available.
Racelogic supplies a free encrypted Vehicle CAN Databases, giving the user the ability to log basic CAN data from a large number of current vehicles from a broad
selection of manufacturers. Please visit the Racelogic website for more details.
CAN termination
A VBOX 3iSL contains an active termination between 0 Ohms and 120 Ohms, the active terminations are selectable via VBOXTools as shown above right.
NOTE: When the Usage of the CAN ports is swapped from one output socket to the other the Termination resistor setting does not follow. So you should
check that the Termination is correctly set for the output socket that you are then using.
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CAN Pass through
Ability to output channel data from modules on the secondary bus with user defined identifiers. Eg; VBOX3iSL can log IMU data on one CAN bus and output the IMU
data to third-party equipment on second CAN bus with a user defined identifier. A VBOX3iSL can output up to 6 CAN messages and 12 CAN channels over the
secondary bus.
Note: These output CAN channels will be in a 32 bit IEEE float format. 29 bit extended identifiers optional.
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CANVEL
If an input channel is given the name “CANVEL” then a VBOX 3iSL will translate the data of this channel directly through to the GPS speed channel under the
following criteria.

IMU integration is not enabled and

A VBOX 3iSL cannot calculate speed, i.e. no satellite signal (complete satellite drop out)
A VBOX 3iSL will scale the input channel to the default speed output format of Km/h according to
what the units have been assigned to the substitution speed channel. VBOX 3iSL will recognise the
following unit names:

MPH

KM/H

KPH

Knots

m/s

ms-1
Note: If no UNITS have been assigned to the input channel then VBOX3i will assume that it is
KPH
This function is useful while testing around built up areas or driving under large bridges.
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Dynamic Modes
The VBOX3iSL has three Dynamic modes. These Dynamic modes directly change the SMI smoothing index applied by the GPS engine to all Doppler-derived data,
notably speed and heading. The lower smoothing levels have a higher dynamic response but are adversely noisier.
The three options are:
High Dynamics: The „High dynamics‟ setting should be used for high accuracy Trigger Brake Stops or any test where time and distance are critical and the
vehicle test incorporates highly dynamic manoeuvres.
Normal: The „Normal‟ mode should only be used for any testing that does not involve any high dynamic manoeuvres.
Low Dynamics: The „Low dynamics‟ mode can be used for smoother velocity and heading data and less acceleration noise only in lower dynamic tests.
Slip Angle Noise
In the same way that the Velocity is a little noisy in High Dynamics mode, the Slip Angle can also noisy, (being derived from GPS heading). You can reduce this
noise by using Normal or Low dynamic mode providing. Bearing in mind that if your test is of a High Dynamic nature and that time and distance measurement is
critical then you should use High Dynamics mode.
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Satellite Elevation Mask
This feature can be used to improve GPS signal quality when nearby obstacles like trees and building are reflecting or temporarily obscuring the signal from
satellites at low elevation. Raising the mask will cause the GPS engine to ignore satellites below the mask angle, so must be used carefully as it also reduces the
total number of received satellites.
The elevation mask angle can be changed in the GPS section within VBOX Tools Setup.
VBOX Tools
Version 2.2.2b42 and above now has an option to change the SEM value for a VBOX 3iSL series.
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USB
A VBOX 3iSL includes an USB 2.0 connection that can be used for VBOX configuration and the output of real-time VBOX 3iSL serial data at the full 100Hz data rate.
Ensure that before you connect your VBOX 3iSL to your PC that you have installed the supplied VBOXTools software, as this will also put the required USB drivers
onto your PC.
The VBOXTools software installation will place the VBOX 3iSL USB drivers in the following location on your computer. C:\program files\Racelogic\Drivers
These drivers can also be found on the actual VBOXTools installation CD.
When you connect you powered up VBOX 3iSL to your PC with the supplied RLVBCAB066 USB A to USB mini lead your PC will recognise the presence of new
hardware and open the typical Windows install window for new hardware
 Follow the on screen prompts and point the Windows installation to the location of your drivers.
Note: USB drivers are available on the Racelogic website, also installed into C:\program files\Racelogic\Drivers after VBOX Tools installation.
Bluetooth
A VBOX 3iSL comes equipped with a Bluetooth Radio allowing configuration of the VBOX remotely along with remote output of real-time VBOX 3iSL serial data, at
the full 100Hz data rate, to any Bluetooth capable PC or Data logger.
Pairing your computer with the VBOX 3i
A VBOX3iSL will need the Bluetooth antenna connected and the computer will require a Bluetooth module or dongle to establish a virtual connection. VBOX3iSL will
connect to the computer via SPP (Serial Port Profile) this can be done as a secure or unsecure connection.
Note: Pairing code for secure connection is 1234
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Audio
Voice Tagging
A VBOX 3iSL has the ability to record audio tags with a GPS „synched‟ timestamp accuracy of 0.5 secs along with the .VBO data file. Voice notes regarding test
conditions or erroneous runs can be recorded, which can be replayed instantly when viewing logged files in the Graph facility of the VBOXTools software.
A WAV file will be recorded onto the CF card along with the normal VBOX data file.
The supplied Headset/Microphone includes a switch, which is used to start and stop the recording of an audio tag.
Recording a Sound Wav
Pressing the headset switch once will sound an audible beep, through the headset, to confirm that recording of the WAV file has begun.
Pressing the switch for a second time will then stop recording, this will be confirmed by a second beep through the headset.
If the switch has only been pressed once a VBOX 3iSL will record for 30 seconds then automatically stop recording.
Replaying Voice tags in VBOXTools
When a logged VBOX data file .vbo is loaded into VBOXTools and displayed in the Graph screen any associated WAV files will appear in the speed data trace as
green circles provided that the logged file is in the same folder as the loaded VBOX data file.
Play the associated WAV file by clicking the Green circle.
NOTE: if a Red circle is seen on the graph screen in VBOXTools then the associated WAV file is not present in the same folder as the loaded VBOX data file.
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VBOX 3iSL ‘.VBO’ file format
A VBOX 3iSL data files are saved in standard space de-limited text format. This allows
the data to easily be imported into third party applications such as word processors or
spreadsheets. The files each contain a header section before the main data that
describes the channel content and information about the VBOX such as serial number
and firmware version.
The [Column names] parameter specifies the data in each column of the data section.
An example of a VBOX 3iSL VBO file is shown on the right.
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VBOXTools Software
The VBOXTools software is used for configuration of a VBOX 3iSL and
also for analysis of the VBO data files.
For further information on the VBOXTools software refer to the
VBOXTools user manual supplied with VBOX 3iSL.
Software Installation
The VBOX 3iSL setup software must be installed onto the hard drive of
a computer; it cannot be run from the installation CD.
To install the software insert the CD into the CD drive of your computer.
The default installation language is English. Press „OK‟ to continue, then
follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
The VBOX 3iSL setup software is not limited to one user or computer
and can be installed on multiple workstations if so desired.
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IMU Integration
IMU integration should not be enabled for measurement of Braking distances
The main purpose of integrated navigation systems is to take advantage of the complementary attributes of two or more navigation systems (GPS and Inertial
motion unit) to achieve far better performance than through the use of either system on its own.
GPS derives data through two separate methods, Doppler (speed, vertical speed and heading) and Triangulation (latitude longitude and height). The Triangulation
calculated position data is bounded by an error (CEP value), which depends on the quality of the GPS receiver and its environment. GPS measurements are stable
but rely on weak signals, which are subject to signal blockage and interference from the surrounding environment, resulting in poor performance. The quality of the
Doppler derived channels are also affected in a similar way by the same influential factors.
Inertial sensor measurements on the other hand are continuously available but suffer from long-term drift due to the accumulation of integration errors of the
accelerometer and gyro measurements. As a result the IMU derived position error increases without bounds. IMU‟s of a higher accuracy are available but tend to be
large, bulky and expensive.
These complementary properties of IMU and GPS data make them ideal candidates for integration and can accurately compensate for GPS dropouts or noise.
The VBOX 3iSL has the capability of integrating the GPS data with inertial data from the IMU02/IMU03 Inertial Measurement Unit allowing accurate smoothing of the
following parameters:
 Latitude
 Velocity
 Height
 Longitude
 Heading
 Vertical Velocity
To use the data from a connected IMU to perform integrated Kalman filtering the VBOX 3iSL first needs to be set up using VBox Tools.
The screen shots here show the new IMU integrated Speed in blue and the non-integrated raw speed in red.
In these screen shots you can see how the IMU integrated Speed has continued to be produced perfectly through noisy and full dropout conditions
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Hardware configuration
First the VBOX 3iSL needs to be configured to use the IMU data from the IMU it is connected to.
1. Connect the IMU to the CAN port of the VBOX 3iSL with the required cable and power the VBOX 3iSL.
2. Open VBOX Tools and connect the computer to the VBOX 3iSL using either serial, USB or Bluetooth.
3. Select the appropriate COM port. The „serial data OK‟ message should appear in green beneath the
COM port number.
4. Click on the „VBOX Setup‟ button to open the VBOX setup window.
5. Underneath the “Channels” tab a „3-axis Modules‟ tab should be visible. This indicates the IMU has
been correctly detected by the VBOX 3iSL.
6. If the „3 axis Modules‟ tab is not visible, click on the „CAN‟ button at the top of the window.
7. Make sure that the „Racelogic CAN Modules only‟ (red) is assigned to the CAN port that the IMU is
connected to.
8. Exit setup, then re-enter. This should correctly detect the presence of the IMU data should the ports
have previously been swapped.
NB: If the IMU tab has still not appeared under channels, the IMU settings should be checked to
make sure it is transmitting data at the correct baud rate and is configured correctly. If the LED
above the CAN port is not lit green the CAN messages from the IMU are not being understood by
the VBOX 3iSL and it is likely the IMU configuration is incorrect.
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9. Next click on the GPS button. Under the Kalman Filter section check the „Use IMU‟ box.
10. The VBOX 3iSL will now use the inertial data transmitted by the connected IMU and integrate it with the
GPS data to generate filtered and smoothed data speed, heading and position data.
NB: If no IMU is currently connected, the data logged by the VBOX 3iSL will be the raw unfiltered GPS
data. If however an IMU is connected after the VBOX 3i has begun to log data the file will contain a mix
of unfiltered and filtered data.
11. Once the VBOX 3iSL has been set up to use the IMU data it will automatically log to CF card the Speed
Quality, IMU Kalman Filter Status and IMU channels.
These channels allow Racelogic to troubleshoot any problems that may be encountered with the
Kalman filter generated data and cannot be switched off.
If the IMU channels need to be made available for viewing live in VBOX Tools click on the „Check All‟
button under „Send over serial‟.
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Hardware Set Up
1. Setup the VBOX 3iSL in the vehicle as you would normally.
2. A laptop or Q1 connected to the VBOX 3i is required for the setup of the IMU to view the live X-accel and Y-accel values.
3. Position the vehicle on flat ground with the engine off but the ignition on to allow the VBOX 3iSL to remain powered. This prevents engine vibration creating
erroneous IMU readings during IMU setup.
4. The IMU should be placed along the centreline of the vehicle and fixed in position to prevent it from moving around while the vehicle is in motion.
Use a mounting procedure that allows small movement in the X and Y planes in order align the IMU perfectly.
If available a tilt table can be used to accurately align the IMU to ensure the Kalman filter uses IMU data that is as accurately aligned with the vehicle.
5. Adjust the position of the IMU while observing the resulting change of the IMU X-accel and Y-accel values on a live display in VBOX Tools.
By changing the position of the IMU in Pitch and Roll it should be possible to achieve values of X-accel and Y-accel very close to zero.
For the best possible IMU integration results the IMU should be aligned so that the X and Y-accel values are 0g +/-0.01g
NB: The IMU accelerations where chosen as the main setup input as using the X-accel and Y-accel values assumes that the IMU sensors are aligned as close to
zero as possible and any errors introduced by sensor alignment will be small for the range of angles the IMU is likely to encounter.
Z
+ YAW
+ ROLL
X
Y
DIRECTION
OF MOTION
IMU
+ PITCH
NB: Positive Pitch equates to a positive Longitudinal Acceleration, Positive Roll angle equates to a positive Lateral Acceleration.
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Upgrading the VBOX 3iSL’s Firmware
Occasionally Racelogic releases new versions of firmware (internal code) for VBOX 3iSL products, often to introduce new features. New firmware is loaded into a
VBOX 3iSL using a computer and a CF card.
The latest firmware upgrade file for the VBOX 3iSL is available from the Racelogic website in the „Support‟ section.
http://www.racelogic.co.uk
If you need the latest update file, download it from the website and copy it to your CF card
How to Upgrade the Firmware






To upgrade the firmware power the VBOX 3iSL and wait until the box has finished initialisation.
Insert the CF card containing the upgrade file.
Once the upgrade is complete the VBOX 3iSL will beep twice and resume normal operation.
Once the upgrade is complete the upgrade file will be erased and a report file will be generated.
If the upgrade fails for any reason the upgrade file remains on the card and the VBOX 3iSL retains the previous version of firmware.
Once the firmware upgrade has completed successfully, the VBOX 3iSL should be power cycled before use.
If you have any questions regarding the VBOX 3iSL upgrade procedure, please do not hesitate to contact: support@racelogic.co.uk
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Troubleshooting Guide
Trouble Locking on to Satellites
If the VBOX 3i SL is having trouble locking onto satellites then please follow the checklist below for typical solutions:
 Ensure that the antenna is placed in a position where it has an unobstructed view of the sky. (See „GPS Antenna Placement‟ below)
 Check the antenna connection with the VBOX 3i SL; only small amounts of dirt in the socket can cause a significant reduction in signal strength. Also check
the cable at the plug and along its length for any damage.
 Check that the power supply is connected and free from damage.
 If possible try another known working antenna, to confirm antenna functionality.
 Perform a GPS Coldstart (hold down LOG button for 5 seconds – till it beeps) and then leave the unit powered up in an open static position for at least 15
minutes.
Once the VBOX 3i SL has locked on to 4 or more satellites it will be ready for use.
Trouble getting dual antenna lock
If the DUAL LED is not illuminated (either Green or Orange):

The slip module is most likely not enabled. Communicate with your VB3i SL using VBOX Tools software. Enter VBOX Setup, then access the GPS tab, and
check the „enable slip module box‟. After you have pressed this, the box will re-scan, after which the slip module channels will appear selectable as a tab, in
the channels list.
The DUAL LED won’t go Green (permanently Orange), or flashes Green/Orange.

Check the physical separation between the antennas (centre point to centre point). Does this match up to what has been configured within the VBOX File
Manager.
If the separation is correct, is the location suitable? Try driving to a more open space, free from obstructions or other traffic.





Check the antenna connection with the VBOX 3i SL; only small amounts of dirt in the socket can cause a significant reduction in signal strength. Also check
the cable at the plug and along its length for any damage. Do not extend the cables in any way when using two antennas.
Move the antennas away from the edge of the roof, and away from any roof bars or additional antennas.
Try removing and re-applying power to the box.
Check that ROLL MODE is not enabled if using a front and rear antenna layout.
If in ROLL MODE, make sure the primary antenna (Port A) is on the left hand side of the roof.
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No communication with PC




If the red LED on the front of the VBOX 3i SL is not illuminated then there is no power to the unit; check that battery contains adequate charge or, if using a
cigar lighter, check internal cigar lighter fuse.
Check that the correct COM port has been selected in VBOXTools
Check that no other programs are using the same COM port.
Disconnect the power to the VBOX 3i SL then reconnect it.
VBOX Manager
‘Please Wait No CAN’
Do you have the port that the VBOX Manager is connected to (either SER or CAN) dedicated to the Racelogic CAN bus?
Check the port the VBOX File Manager is connected to has CAN termination set.
VB3i SL Locked up
If the VB3i SL unit is unresponsive, perform a GPS coldstart and then power cycle your unit.
If problems still persist contact support@racelogic.co.uk for further assistance.
COM Port Unavailable


The computer may have been started with a different VBOX 3iSL connected to it; disconnect the VBOX, restart the computer then reconnect the VBOX.
Another software package installed on your computer may have reserved the COM port.
No Data is logged to the VBO file

Check satellite reception. Loss of reception may prevent data from being logged to the card (dependent on logging mode).
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VBOX 3iSL not responding - GPS Coldstart
 The GPS engine has locked up.
 Perform a GPS Engine Coldstart
A GPS coldstart forces the GPS engine to reset its downloaded almanac of current satellite positions. This can be useful if a VBOX 3iSL is having trouble locking
onto satellites, which typically occurs if a VBOX 3iSL has not been used for several weeks or if it was last used a long distance (over one thousand miles) away from
the current location.
After performing a GPS coldstart leave the VBOX 3iSL powered up in a static location where the antenna has an unobstructed view of the skies until the „GPS‟ LED
becomes solid green.
Once the VBOX 3iSL has downloaded the new almanac it will reacquire satellites in noisy situations (such as near trees, buildings and under bridges) much more
quickly. It will also acquire satellite much more quickly on power-up.
To perform a GPS coldstart on a VBOX 3iSL perform the following actions:



Press and hold the „LOG‟ button on the front of the VBOX 3iSL for five seconds until a long beep is sounded.
When the button is released the „GPS‟ LED will start to flash red showing that the Coldstart has been performed and the GPS engine is now not locked onto
any satellites.
After approximately 30-45 secs the „GPS‟ LED will start to flash green indicating that satellite lock has been achieved and indicating the number of satellites
that it is locked onto.
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VBOX 3iSL Specification
GPS
Velocity
Accuracy
Units
Update rate
Maximum velocity
Minimum velocity
Resolution
Latency
0.1 Km/h (averaged over
4 samples)
Km/h or Mph
100 Hz
1000 Mph
0.1 Km/h
0.01 Km/h
6.75ms
Absolute Positioning
Accuracy
Update rate
Resolution
3m 95% CEP**
100 Hz
1.8mm
Heading
Resolution
Accuracy
0.01
0.1°
Acceleration
Accuracy
Maximum
Resolution
Update rate
0.5%
0.5%
0.01 G
100Hz
Memory
Compact Flash
Recording time
Type I
Dependent on flash card
capacity*
Definitions
*Approximately 29Mb per hour used when logging GPS
data at 100Hz
Approx 182Mb per hour total logging capacity
Distance
Accuracy
0.05% (<50cm per Km)
Units
Update rate
Resolution
Height accuracy
Height accuracy with DGPS
Metres / Feet
100Hz
1cm
6 Metres 95% CEP**
2 Metres 95% CEP**
Brake Stop Accuracy
Accuracy
+/- 2cm
Time
Resolution
Accuracy
0.01 s
0.01 s
Pitch and Roll Angle
Accuracy
<1.0° rms at 0.5m antenna separation
<0.25° rms at 2m antenna separation
Power
Input Voltage range
Power
7v-30v DC
Max 5.5 watts
Environmental and physical
Weight
Size
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Approx 900 grammes
170mm x 121mm x 41mm
-20C to +70C
-30C to +80C
Definitions
** CEP = Circle of Error Probable
95% CEP (Circle Error Probable) means 95% of the time the position readings will fall within
a circle of the stated diameter
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Outputs
CAN Bus
Bit rate
Identifier type
Data available
Analogue
Voltage range
Default setting *
Accuracy
Update rate
125Kbits, 250Kbits,
500Kbits & 1Mbit
selectable baud rate
Standard 11bit 2.0A
Satellites in View, Latitude, Longitude, Velocity, Heading, Altitude, Vertical velocity, Distance, Longitudinal acceleration & lateral
acceleration, Distance from trigger, Trigger time, trigger Velocity
0 to 5Volts DC
Velocity
0.0125Volts per Km/h (0
to 400Km/h)
0.1 Km/h
100Hz
Digital
Frequency range
Default setting *
DC to 44.4Khz
25Hz per Km/h (0 to 400Km/h)
Accuracy
Update rate
90 pulses per metre
0.1Km/h
100Hz
* The range settings can be adjusted by the user in software
Inputs
CAN Bus
Racelogic modules
External CAN Bus
Up to 32 channels from any combination of ADC02, ADC03, FIM02, TC8, Yaw sensor or CAN01. Limited to 16 with the Kalman
Filter enabled
16 Channels of user definable CAN signal from external bus. Eg; vehicle CAN bus
Can load signal data from industry standard DBC database file.
Analogue
Number Channels
Input range
Channel Sample order
4
±50v
Synchro ou
Digital
Brake/Event Trigger
On/Off L gging co trol
10ns resolution
Remote log control from hand held switch
Resolution
DC Accuracy
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400 μV
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Connection Data
Front View of VBOX3iSL
2 pin LEMO socket
3 pin LEMO socket
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5 pin LEMO socket
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Connector
PIN
1
2
1 POWER
In/Out
Description
I
Power +
I
Ground
Type
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
2 AD 1
In/Out
O
O
I
Type
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
3 AD 2
In/Out
O
O
I
Type
Description
Analogue 2 Output
Digital 1 Output
Lemo 3 pin
Connector
PIN
1
2
4 D IN
In/Out
I
I
Type
Lemo 3 pin
3
I
Range
7V to 30V
0V
Lemo 3 pin
Description
Analogue 1 Output
Digital 2 Output
Ground
Range
0V to 5V
0V to 5V
Range
0V to 5V
0V to 5V
Description
Ground
Digital Input 2. Start/Stop Logging
Digital Input 1. Brake Trigger
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Lemo 2 pin
Range
0V to 5V (14v
tolerant)
0V to 5V (14v
tolerant)
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Connector
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
5 CAN
In/Out
O
I
I/O
I/O
O
Type
Description
RS232 Tx (PORT B)
RS232 Rx (PORT B)
CAN Bus High (PORT A)
CAN Bus Low (PORT A)
+V Power
Lemo 5 pin
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
6 SER
In/Out
O
I
I/O
I/O
O
Type
Description
RS232 Tx (PORT A)
RS232 Rx (PORT A)
CAN Bus High PORT B)
CAN Bus Low (PORT B)
+V Power
Lemo 5 pin
Connector
PIN
Center
Chassis
ANT
In/Out
-
Type
SMA
Description
RF Signal / Power for active antenna
Ground
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Range
12v
12v
Same as Power +
Range
12v
12v
Same as Power +
Range
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Analogue Input Connector
View of Socket on VBOX III
Connector: Analogue
PIN
In/Out
1
I
2
I
3
I
4
I
5
I
6
I
7
I
8
I
9
10
11
12
13
Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
Description
Range
Channel 1 +
Channel 1 Channel 2 +
Channel 2 Channel 3 +
Channel 3 Channel 4 +
Channel 4 -
Connector: Analogue
PIN
In/Out
14
O
15
O
16
O
17
O
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Note: A screw terminal connector block is available to
purchase on request from your VBOX supplier.
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Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
Description
Range
Vbatt
Equal to Input Voltage. 100mA
GND
Iso. 5 V Out Isolated 5V ±2%. 100mA
Iso. GND
Isolated Ground
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CAN Output
The VBOX 3iSL has a CAN output which is present on the 5-way connector output; Data format: Motorola; Baud rate: 500Kb/s.
Format
ID**
0x301
Update
rate *
10ms
0x302
0x303
0x304
0x305
0x306
10ms
10ms
10ms
10ms
10ms
0x307
10ms
0x308
0x309
0x313
0x314
10ms
10ms
10ms
10ms
Motorola
Data Bytes
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
(1) Sats in
(2) Time since midnight UTC
(3) Position – Latitude MMMM.MMMMM
view
(4) Position – Longitude MMMMM.MMMMM
(5) Velocity. (Knots)
(6) Heading. (Degrees)
(7) Altitude. WGS 84. (Metres)
(8) Vertical velocity. (M/S)
Unused
(9) Status
(10) Status
(11) Distance. (Meters)
(12) Longitudinal Accel. (G)
(13) Lateral Accel. (G)
(14) Distance travelled since VBOX reset
(15) Trigger time
(16) Trigger Velocity
(17) Velocity Quality
(18) True Heading
(19) Slip Angle (degrees)
(20) Pitch Angle (Degrees)
(Degrees)
(21) Lateral Velocity
(22) Yaw Rate
(23) Roll Angle (Degrees)
(24) Longitudinal Velocity (Knots)
(Knots)
(Degrees/S)
(25) Position latitude
Unused
(26) Status
(27) Position longitude
Unused
(28) Front Left
(29) Front Right
(30) Rear Left
(31) Rear Right
(32) Center of Gravity
Unused
*Update rate depends on GPS update rate. 10ms Update rate shown corresponds to 100Hz GPS setting.
**Default Identifiers. The identifier values can be changed using the configuration software.
(1) If Satellites in view < 3 then only Identifier 0x301 transmitted and bytes 2 to 8 are set to 0x00.
(2) Time since midnight. This is a count of 10mS intervals since midnight UTC. (5383690 = 53836.90 seconds since midnight or 14 hours, 57 minutes
and 16.90 seconds)
(3) Position, Latitude * 100,000 (311924579 = 51 Degrees, 59.24579 Minutes North). This is a true 32bit signed integer, North being positive.
(4) Position, Longitude * 100,000 (11882246 = 1 Degrees, 58.82246 Minutes West). This is a true 32bit signed integer, West being positive.
(5) Velocity, 0.01 knots per bit.
(6) Heading, 0.01 per bit.
(7) Altitude, 0.01 meters per bit, signed.
(8) Vertical Velocity, 0.01 m/s per bit, signed.
(9) Status. 8 bit unsigned char. Bit 0=VBOX Lite, Bit 1=Open or Closed CAN Bus (1=open), 2=VBOX3
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(10) Status is an 8 bit unsigned char. Bit 0 is always set, Bit 3=brake test started, Bit 4 = Brake trigger active, Bit 5 = DGPS active
(11) Distance, 0.000078125 meters per bit, unsigned. Corrected to trigger point.
(12) Longitudinal Acceleration, 0.01G per bit, signed.
(13) Lateral Acceleration, 0.01G per bit, signed.
(14) Distance travelled in meters since VBOX reset.
(15) Time from last brake trigger event. 0.01 Seconds per bit.
(16) Velocity at brake trigger point in Knots.
(17) Velocity Quality, 0.01 km/h per bit.
(18) True Heading of vehicle, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(19) Slip Angle, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(20) Pitch Angle, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(21) Lateral Velocity, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(22) YAW rate, 16-bit signed integer*100.
(23) Roll Angle, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(24) Longitudinal Velocity, 16-bit signed integer * 100.
(25) Position, Latitude 48bit signed integer, Latitude * 10,000,000 (minutes). North being positive.
(26) Bit 0 = Kalman filter status
(27) Position, Longitude 48bit signed integer, Longitude * 10,000,000 (minutes). East being positive.
(28) Front Left, 16-bit signed integer*100.
(29) Front Right, 16-bit signed integer*100.
(30) Rear Left, 16-bit signed integer*100.
(31) Rear Right, 16-bit signed integer*100.
(32) Centre of Gravity, 16-bit signed integer*100.
The VBOX CAN database is available in Vector Database (DBC File) format on request from Racelogic
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Contact Details
Racelogic
Unit 10
Swan Business Centre
Osier Way
Buckingham
Bucks
MK18 1TB
United Kingdom
Email: support@racelogic.co.uk
Web: www.racelogic.co.uk
Document Updates
Rev
Date
Changes
Init
Page
Change
Draft
28-Jan-09
--
Draft Version of Document.
AM
1
29-April-09
31 - 34
IMU integration setup added
AM
2
6-May-09
34
Change to Pitch and Roll statement in IMU integrations section
KB
3
11-May-09
37
Update to GPS description of coldstart procedure
KB
4
08-Dec-09
17
Update to AD1 and AD2 function
5
01-Mar-11
Multiple
General update of text and images
SG
6
21-Nov -11
Multiple
Update from VB3i to VB3iSL
LN
7
01-Dec-11
Multiple
Amendments to VB3iSL features and functions
KB
8
31-Jan-12
Multiple
Update of slip translation and removal of swap antennas
RO
9
07-Mar-12
Multiple
Updated screen shots
SG
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