Veronte PCS

Basic features

Veronte is the components division from Embention, which has developed the control station PCS for high performance operations. This pole control station gives the operator a ready-to-use system, which can be personalized for any kind of mission and includes all required components for a Ground Station.

Basic Features - Veronte PCS

Basic Features - Veronte PCS

Veronte PCS is ready to be used with a Ground configuration, all sensors and devices integrated and the required wires to connect it to any other Veronte device (tracker, MCS…)

Applications

Veronte PCS is the main ground control station system for Veronte operations. This system is available with different devices configuration in order to fit all operational requirements from each application. The main applications that can be develop with this system are:

  • Mapping and photogrammetry

  • Surveillance

  • Environmental control and research

  • Firefighting

Product components

Units

Items

1

Veronte PCS Control Station

1

Veronte PCS charger

1

Harness for PCS (with 40cm cables for USB, Ethernet, Joystick & Power Input)

1

Mast 150 cm – 315 cm , 3.4 kg

1

Mast accessories: Antenna adaptor & 2 fitting knobs

1

5m ethernet extension cable

1

5m USB extension cable

1

5m joystick extension cable

1

Expansion Bay Male Connector FGG.2B.316.CLAD72Z

Below you can find a measurements drawing for the PCS. On the left view see Veronte axis, according to how it is embedded in the system.

Product Components - Interface dimensions

Product Components - Interface dimensions

PCS Interface

PCS Interface - Parts identification

PCS Interface - Parts identification

ID

Items

A

68 pin connector

B

Power Button (below C)

C

Automatic pressure purge

D

SMA (female) for Secondary GNSS receiver (below A)

E

Connector for Expansion Bay

F

SMA (female) for Radio Antenna

G

Advanced Primary GNSS receiver

H

Expansion Bay

Connections

Veronte PCS and its accessories comes with our standard connectors, being the following models for each type:

PCS Unit

Connector

Standard

Main Connector (PCS)

ECW.LM.368.XLM

Expansion Bay

EGG.2B.316.CLL

The 68 pin main connector has the distribution of input/output channels as follows:

PCS Unit - Input pins

PCS Unit - Input pins

Pin nº

Function

Pin nº

Function

Pin nº

Function

Pin nº

Function

1

PWM 1

18

GND

35

GND

52

RS-485_RX

2

PWM 2

19

RS-232 TX

36

5V

53

RS-485_RX

3

PWM 3

20

RS-232 RX

37

GND

54

GND

4

PWM 4

21

Ethernet Tx+ (*)

38

ANALOG_1

55

Not used (*)

5

PWM 5

22

ANALOG_4

39

ANALOG_2

56

Not used (*)

6

PWM 6

23

ANALOG_5

40

ANALOG_3

57

EQEP_S

7

PWM 7

24

Ethernet Tx- (*)

41

Ethernet RX- (*)

58

EQEP_I

8

PWM 8

25

CANA_P

42

FTS_1

59

GND

9

GND

26

CANA_N

43

FTS_2

60

USB_DP

10

PWM 9

27

GND

44

GND

61

USB_DN

11

PWM 10

28

CANB_N

45

V_ARB_TX

62

Not used (*)

12

PWM 11

29

CANB_P

46

V_ARB_RX

63

Not used (*)

13

PWM 12

30

Ethernet Rx+ (*)

47

GND

64

USB_VCC (*)

14

PWM 13

31

I2C_SCL

48

VCC (*)

65

GND

15

PWM 14

32

I2C_SDA

49

GND

66

GND

16

PWM 15

33

GND

50

RS-485_TX

67

VCC

17

PWM 16

34

3.3V

51

RS-485_TX

68

VCC

Note

The functions marked with (*) differ from Single Veronte Pinout

Warning

RS-485 bus is used by default by the Veronte to Ethernet functionality.

For the Expansion bay connector, the pinout is shown below:

PCS Unit - Output pins

PCS Unit - Output pins

Pin nº

Function

Pin nº

Function

1

24V (Output)

9

PPM2 Input

2

GND

10

GND

3

5V (Output)

11

Ethernet Tx+

4

GND

12

Ethernet Tx-

5

RS-232 TX

13

Ethernet Rx+

6

RS-232 RX

14

Ethernet Rx-

7

GND

15

GND

8

PPM1 Input

16

12V (Output)

Warning

RS-232 pins are common with the external pinnout.

PCS Harness

Connector

Standard

Main Connector (to PCS)

FGW.LM.368.XLCT

Ethernet

Male connector

USB

Male connector

Joystick

NYS231

Power source

FGG.0T.302.CLAC50Z

Warning

Do NOT connect the CS harness provided for other Veronte units. ONLY use PCS own Matting connector.

Matting connector

Connector

Standard

Joystick

NYS240BG

Power source

PHG.0T.302.CLLC50

Operations

Battery Charge

The integrated battery can be used with no power connections, allowing the system to be connected and disconnected from the battery charger during the operation without turning off the system.

PCS is provided with an intelligent battery charger which improves the charging process and optimize it. In order to charge the battery, follow the next steps:

  • Ensure the power source is properly connected.

  • To check the state of the battery check the led which is embedded in the Power source: red means charging and green is fully charged.

  • There is no need on turning On the system for charging the PCS.

Warning

Do NOT charge from a different charger or power source. It will damage internally the system.

How to operate

Veronte PCS is a pre-configured device which requires some particular connections. Below there are some configurations for the setup of the PCS system. Particularly, stablishing connection between the Control Station and PCS (via USB or Wi-Fi/Ethernet), Joystick and Tracking Antennas Connection and a Troubleshooting section.

  • Ports RS232 and RS485 has some particularities. Refer to Section 4 Warnings form more information.

  1. Computer Connection

    1. USB

      1. Connect your PCS to your Control Station via USB.

      2. Open Pipe and go to Preferences – Connections – Serial COM – Add – Serial COM which matches the Veronte.

    2. Wi-Fi / Ethernet

      Warning

      If the radio frequency in use is 2.4GHz, it is recommended to use the 5 GHz signal for PCS communication, disabling 2.4GHz if interferences are noticed.

      1. First of all, a connection between the Control Station (MCS, Computer, etc) and the PCS is needed. For that the two available options are Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If connecting through Ethernet, step 2 does not apply.

      2. If connecting through Wi-Fi, search for the PCS accordingly to the indicated network name from the identification badge (name will be like PCSXXXXX-XXG) and connect to that network (use the password provided in the badge as well).

      3. Password can be changed in accordance to 6. Anex A. Advanced Wi-Fi configuration.

        Once the connection is done, enter in Pipe, Preferences – Connections and configure Port information (set it to 3000) and check Enable TCP box. Find the configuration in the following picture. With this, Veronte shall appear connected. If not, refer to the Troubleshooting section (4.1).

      How to operate - TCP and port information

      How to operate - TCP and port information

  2. Joystick Connection

    Joystick connection is preconfigured on main external connector (Pin 55 - EQEP_A – CAP 1). Wireless joystick connection is also possible with the installation of a joystick receiver on the Expansion Bay. Expansion Bay joystick input (pin 8 for PPM or pin 9 for SBUS) can be activated from Veronte PIPE (Setup – Devices – Others – Digital Input Manager).

  3. Tracking Antenna Connection

    PWM 1 and 2 are pre-configured to be used with a Tracker Antenna. This does not disable them for different applications (consider a proper configuration might be needed)

  4. Ethernet Internal Device Connection

    PCS bay has an Ethernet connection fully isolated from the external connector. It is normally used for interconnection with video RF links. It can be used for any other device that you want to integrate into the PCS.

  5. Troubleshooting

    Wi-Fi / Ethernet not connecting.. If the connection is not seen after following the steps from section 3.2.1.b Wi-Fi / Ethernet follow the next instructions:

    1. Open cmd and text ipconfig. Check that IPv4 Address is 192.168.8.3. Now there exists 2 options: if the IP is ok, ensure to make a total charge of the battery. If the IP is not the same:

      1. The IP can be reserved for another device which has been connected recently. Wait for 2 minutes to free the IP (disconnect any other device from the PCS that could be interfering)

      2. If there has not been any other device connected recently, the problem might be related to the adapter, which means a static IP has to be configured. For that, go to Change Wi-Fi/Ethernet Settings – Change Adapter options and go to Properties in your desired network (in the following picture it is done for Wi-Fi network)

        How to operate - Wi-Fi/Ethernet Settings

        How to operate - Wi-Fi/Ethernet Settings

      3. Once in Properties, check Protocol IPv4 and again Properties. There, configure Static IP and introduce the data on the following picture:

        How to operate - Static IP Configuration

        How to operate - Static IP Configuration

    2. If after all these steps it cannot be configured, send an email to support@embention.com

Warnings

  • Port RS232 has possible connections in both external harness (68 pin) and Expansion Bay (16 pin). CAUTION: only one of both can be used. They drive to the same input channel, but this configuration is thought to ease the connection of any device from the Expansion Bay if needed.

  • Only one dhcp device connection can be done simultaneously. If more than one is meant to be connected, then it is needed to configure a Static IP, as stablished in section 4.1.

  • Veronte PCS is designed according to IP67 for the system to be closed. However, it losses its resistance to water meanwhile outer cover is opened.

  • If the internal bay is opened, product warranty is lost.

  • Keep the PCS in vertical position, see Z axis pointing top / 68 pin connector to the ground.

  • Do not cover the pressure purge, in order to ensure the correct flow of the system

  • Avoid any hits during transportation or operation, since some of the components could suffer damage. Veronte PCS is fully integrated in a box ready for external hits, but any which is strong enough could affect internal components from the system

Contact data

You can contact Embention in any moment if you need further help and support from the acquired products. You can do that through email, telephone or by visiting our office.

Embention contact data is as follows:

Email: support@embention.com

Telephone: (+34) 965 421 115

Address: Polígono Industrial Las Atalayas, C/ Chelín, Nº 16, CP 03114, Alicante (España).

Annex A. Advanced Wi-Fi Configuration

  1. Open a browser and introduce the following address on the search bar: 192.168.8.1

  2. The password is “12345678”. For being able to Access this menu, you need to have your unit linked.

  3. In the following picture, it is shown the Welcoming menu.

    Advanced Wi-Fi Configuration  - Wi-Fi Welcoming menu

    Advanced Wi-Fi Configuration - Wi-Fi Welcoming menu

  4. On the left hand side (red squared on the picture) the 2 antennas from the router can be connected and disconnected (for Wi-Fi signals 2.4 and 5 GHz).

  5. Clicking in one of them, and accessing the button Settings the following menu will be opened, where both the Wi-Fi name (SSID) and its Password can be changed.

    Advanced Wi-Fi Configuration  - Wi-Fi name and password

    Advanced Wi-Fi Configuration - Wi-Fi name and password

Annex B. Mechanical set up of mounting accessories.

Veronte PCS is supplied together with a telescopic foldable mast that can be extended up to 3m.

There are 2 separately accessories for the Veronte PCS in order to mounting the PCS to the foldable mast or Veronte Tracker .

The accessories are :

-The Pole Mount.

-The Mast Mount.

The Pole Mount

The pole mount is composed by two aluminun brackets to assemble the PCS to the foldable mast.

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Pole mount Brackets .

Pole mount installation

To assemble the system follow the next steps:

  1. The pole mount is jointed to the PCS using four M6 screws placed in four holes in the PCS enclosure .

Before assemblying the brackets, remove the front cover to access the screws and place the pole mount brackets in the rear face of the PCS case.

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Step 1. Join the brackets with the four M6 screws.

  1. After tightening the screws of the PCS with the brackets assembly again the front cover .

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Detail view of the brakects and clamping knobs before assembly to the PCS .

  1. Connect the clamping knobs inside the thread holes of the pole mount brackets.

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Pole mount brackets installation finish.

  1. The last step is to connect the PCS with the pole mount to the foldable mast.

Once the brackets are asembly to the PCS , introduce the pole of the foldable mast throught the holes on the pole mounts brakets and turn the clamping knobs with the hand to tight the brackets to the pole. Introduce the pole of moldable mast until the pole of the foldable mast are inside the two brackets.

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Pole mount assembly into foldable mast.

When the installation of the PCS into the foldable mast is finished it looks as the next image :

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PCS installation finish into the foldable mast.

The Mast Mount

The mast mount is a metal part wich is used to join the PCS with the Veronte Tracker .

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Pole mount assembly into foldable mast.

Mast mount installation

The installation of the mast mount is similar to the installation of the pole mount.

To assemble the system follow the next steps:

  1. The mast mount is joined to the PCS by four M6 screws placed in four holes in the case of the PCS .

Before assembly the braketcs remove the front cover to have acces to the screws and placed the mast mount in the rear face of the PCS case.

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Step 1. Join the mast mount with the four M6 screws.

  1. After the first step tight the screws of the PCS with the mas mount and assembly again the front cover .

The clamping knobs are conected to the Veronte traker in four thread holes placed in the rear upper part of the Tracker.

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Pole mount assembly into foldable mast.

  1. The last step is to connect the PCS with the mast mount to the Veronte Traker . Use the four clamping Knobs to joint the PCS with Veronte Tracker .

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Pole mount assembly into foldable mast.

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Thread holes in the Veronte tracker for the clamping knobs .

When the installation of the PCS with the Veronte Tracker is finished it looks as the next image :

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PCS installation finish with the Veronte Traker .

Annex C. Antennas Installation

How to install a pole mount antenna or a rubber ducky antenna.

It is possible to install an antenna in the telescopic foldable mast where PCS is assembled .

To assembly the antenna use the two clamp to join the antenna with the mast.

Introduce the antenna with the two clamp in the mast and tight the nuts in order to anchor the antenna.

The distannce between the antenna and the PCS must a distance where the cable that connect the antena with the PCS not be stressed with tension but althought the cable not should be very loose avoiding strange shapes .

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Antenna installed in the mast .

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Detail of the antenna anchored with the clamps to the mast .

A rubber ducky antenna can be use in the PCS.

This antenna is smaller than the antenna explained before , this antenna is assembled in the upper connector of the PCS . Due to the small size of this antenna it is necessary to place the PCS at the maximum possible height of the mast in order to have clear the the antenna enviroment to avoid possible interferences with the mast.

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Antenna connected in the PCS .

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PCS with the antenna assembled in the upper part of the mast .

If your aplication or configuration needs a second antenna , it is neccessary to do a small modification in the PCS enclosure.

It is needed to drill a hole for the second antenna connector. It must be placed close to the standard antenna connector.

The next picture shows the recommended position to drill the hole .

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Drawing with the position of the new hole . Units in mm .

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Detail of the PCS enclosure with the two holes for antenna connectors .

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Top of the PCS with the two connectors installed .

Note : At least IP66 panel connector must be used in order to ensure the sealing of the PCS enclosure.