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ProCompass 0x03

ProCompass 0x03

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SDI-12 Compass and Inclinometer © Scienterra Limited
Version A-0x03-124 September 2008For sales inquiries please contact:ENVCO Environmental Collective31 Sandringham RdKingsland, Auckland 1024 New Zealandhttp://www.envco.co.nz/For technical inquiries please contact:Scienterra Limited225 Whiterocks RdOamaru 9492 New ZealandPhone: +64 3 434 97611
1Purpose2Wiring3Product overview4Description of operating modes4.1SDI-12 Interface4.2Direct to compass (via serial dongle) interface5Specifications
The purpose of the Scienterra ProCompass module is obtain heading, pitch, roll, anddiagnostic temperature via an SDI-12 interface. Such an instrument is useful on buoys,vehicles, boats, rockets, and other non-stationary data logger installations.
Three wires connect each ProCompass to all other equipment present.RED7-20 volts DCWHITESDI-12 dataBLACKGround2
The ProCompass is built on the OS5000-S compass platform, by OceanServer. A small(25mm x 25mm) circuit board contains a solid-state, tilt-compensated compass andinclinometer. This board outputs serial data via an RS-232 interface. An additional circuit board is provided to convert the compass data to SDI-12 format. The ProCompass willfunction seamlessly with any logger that is compliant to SDI-12 protocol. Seehttp://www.sdi-12.org/for details on this protocol.As the compass draws a rather large current (29mA), power consumption is an issue. Toovercome this, the power applied to the compass is cycled by the SDI-12 circuit board.When a measurement is required, the compass is powered up. In the time intervals between data points, the compass is turned off. This reduces power consumption by morethan 90%. Note: The compass module should be mounted away from metallic objects and other itemsthat distort the earth’s magnetic field.
The ProCompass is typically operated by connecting the three wires to an SDI-12compatible data logger. The data logger must be configured to poll the ProCompass for data. This mode is described in detail in Section 4.1.To configure and test the OceanServer compass module, a small serial dongle is provided.This allows a serial port (RS232) of a computer to connect directly to the OS5000-Scompass module. Knowledge of a communications program (Hyperterminal, TeraTerm,etc.) is assumed. This mode is described in detail in Section 4.2.3

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