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

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_TX 37 GND 54 GND
4 PWM 4 21 GND 38 ANALOG_1 55 EQEP_A
5 PWM 5 22 ANALOG_4 39 ANALOG_2 56 EQEP_B
6 PWM 6 23 ANALOG_5 40 ANALOG_3 57 EQEP_S
7 PWM 7 24 GND 41 GND 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 USB_ID
12 PWM 11 29 CANB_P 46 V_ARB_RX 63 USB_VCC
13 PWM 12 30 GND 47 GND 64 USB_VCC
14 PWM 13 31 I2C_SCL 48 V_ARB 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

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

PCS Unit - Output pins

PCS Unit - Output pins

1 VCC (24V) 9 SBUS_INPUT
2 GND 10 GND
3 5V 11 TX+
4 GND 12 TX-
5 RS_232_TX 13 RX+
6 RS_232_RX 14 RX-
7 GND 15 GND
8 PPM_INPUT 16 GND

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. 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