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The M9 Series of Long Range Ultra Rugged, All Weather Multi Sensor Thermal IR Imaging FLIR / HD CCTV PTZ Gimbal Is the pinnacle in Military grade Pan Tilt Zoom Multi Sensor imaging EOIR Platform, The unit is mounted in Key worldwide installations where Security and Surveillance is of paramount importance. The System Offers True Robust High Fidelity High resolution day / night vision imagery and boasts extreme ultra long range Detection, recognition & Identification of targets of interest. The complete system is hand built like a rock with the most advanced mechanical and electronic components available ensuring very long life MTBF, extreme long life Cooler reliability, hand selected sensors and lens combinations of the highest optical quality. Multiple systems are installed and trusted at ports, borders, shorelines, airports, runways, high value facilities for high level security & Surveillance applications. Suitable for use in ground, mobile, marine, mast and fixed installations, The stabilized IP68+ Purged payloads can easily be customized to meet you exact criteria with a host of exotic MWIR cooled midwave sensors, lasers & HD detector technologies.

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1.0 Scope 4

2.0 Reference Documents 6

3.0 Setup, Operation and Maintenance 6

3.1           M9-L Interface Description. 6

3.1.1       M9-L Mechanical Interface 7

3.1.2       M9-L Electrical Interface 9

3.2           M9-L System Mounting. 11

3.2.1       Stable Mounting Base 11

3.2.2       System Grounding. 12

3.2.3       Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Installation. 12

3.2.4       Power Connections, Power Supply. 15

3.2.5       Ethernet and Video Connections 16

3.3           M9-L Maintenance 16

3.4           M9-L System Operation. 16

3.4.1       Apply system power 16

3.4.2       ITS Interface 17

4.0 M9-L System Description and Interface Control 27

4.1 Internal Component Functions, Interfaces 27

4.2 M9-L Signal Interface 29

4.3 Right and Left Hand Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Interface 29

Appendix 10: System Setup, Software Installation and System Configuration. 30

Appendix 30:  Controller Firmware Update Procedure 32

30.1 Firmware Update for JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION controller using JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION Controller S/W.. 32

Appendix 40: Setting Site Manifest 33

Appendix 50:  Controller IP Address Configuration Procedure 34

Appendix 60:  IP/Ethernet HD X2 IP Address Configuration Procedure 35

Appendix 70:  Troubleshooting Common Problems 42

Appendix 80:  Configuration Verification. 50

Appendix 90: TCP / IP Networking and the M9-L System.. 51

Appendix 100: Acronyms 52

 

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M9 Long range thermal imaging flir camera backview, the rugged all weather IP68+ system and camera pods are fully sealed and nitrogen purged

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.0 Scope

 

This document is a basic guide to the Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) M9-L product.  The M9-L is an all-weather, Long Range high performance ISR EOIR Thermal Imaging FLIR Security/surveillance PTZ pan Tilt Zoom multi sensor gimbal system utilizing high resolution video, state of the art infrared (IR) and other sensors/lasers and illuminators as configured to customer order.

 

  • M9-L Technical Summary

 

The M9-L Surveillance Platform is designed for users requiring long range high performance surveillance solutions. The product line of high-performance pan & tilt gimbals offers users extraordinary flexibility and ruggedness. The pan & tilt units can accommodate a variety of sensors, lasers, video encoding, analytics and video tracker configurations and provides continuous operation with no scheduled maintenance, even under extreme conditions.  The pan & tilt unit designs are optimized for specific classes of need:

 

M9-L HT:  High Torque capability, designed for mobile / truck applications w/ high vibration.

 

M9-L HP:  High precision, long range pointing; electromechanical stabilization capable.

 

M9-L A: Very large loads, antenna dishes, large Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras.  The A is also available with high precision shaft encoders.

 

M9-L SA:  Static Axle in the vertical axis for mounting radars, collision lights, etc. – Available for any of the above type systems.

 

M9-L C:  Yoke type gimbal for center mounted loads, high precision, direct drive servo motors.

 

In addition to the above basic configurations, the M9-L systems can be ordered with fiber optic channels through the slip ring, or RF rotary joints for antenna feeds.

The primary structure of the M9-L HT, HP and A is a weldment consisting of four machined plates.  This provides exceptional rigidity and absolute environmental integrity.  The front and rear covers are symmetrical and include an integral o-ring seal.  Both the elevation and azimuth shafts are installed with rotary seals.  This results in a fully immerse-able assembly with an indefinite service life in harsh environments.

 

For the M9-L HT, large diameter elevation and azimuth shafts are machined from solid bar stock and are supported by four sets of heavy-duty roller bearings.  This provides significant structural margin for mobile applications and operation with long focal length sensors in high wind environments

 

For the M9-L HP, direct drive motors, 19 bit shaft encoders and duplex thin section bearings provide extremely smooth, precise accuracy needed for very long range imaging, tracking and electro mechanical (gyro based) stabilization.

 

Within the front and rear portions of the assembly are two hinged service panels, which support the installation of the servo card/motor amplifier and system controller.

 

The sensor payloads mount to the elevation axis with four captive bolts. Sensor alignment is achieved with two alignment pins, which index the sensor package and mount interfaces for repeatable installation. A blind mate connector set is contained within this interface to provide all the required electrical connections during mechanical integration.

A single assembly containing the servo controller and motor drivers is installed on the forward service panel. This card performs real time motion planning for each commanded sight line move and provides high rate position updates. This controller card also provides system health information for the both the elevation and azimuth drive assemblies.

 

The ITS system controller mounts on the rear service panel; this card performs as the main system interface, interpretation of user Ethernet based commands to controls for motion, Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras, lenses, lasers, trackers and other system devices.

A single interface connector is provided at the base of the azimuth assembly (SA configurations have additional connectors for radar interfaces). This connection provides power, supports the Ethernet command and control interface and supports analog and digital output. Analog video is typically transmitted as a balanced signal over a twisted pair, which supports extended cable runs without degrading the video signal.  A video BALUN is installed at the downstream end of the cable to convert the single back into a standard single ended format for display or recording.  An encoded video signal out of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ can also be specified.

2.0 Reference Documents

M9-L ICDs

M9-L Software ICDs

 

 

 

3.0 Setup, Operation and Maintenance

 

3.1   M9-L Interface Description

 

There are a large number of possible combinations for M9-L system configuration.  While every possible combination of Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ units, Sensors and accessories cannot be covered by this document, the basics of interface requirements will be presented here as a reference to the user.  Please consult the factory for specific configuration interfacing requirements for your particular system.

 

Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ Part Number Supply Voltage Description
M9-L HT (24 VDC) 104960 24 VDC Basic M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit, gear and belt drive, optimized for vehicle mounting
M9-L HT (HT SA) (48 VDC) 107364 (105490) 48 VDC Basic M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit, gear and belt drive, tower mount version
M9-L A 105900 48 – 72 VDC Heavy duty M9-L High Torque Extreme; very large payload capability
M9-L HP (HP SA) 105395-1 (105599) 48 – 72 VDC M9-L High Performance, high precision design, 19 bit encoding, direct drive servo motors, stabilization capable, tracker capable.
M9-L HD 48 – 72 VDC M9-L High Performance, with a single mode fiber optic rotary joint; high precision design, 19 bit encoding, direct drive servo motors, stabilization capable, tracker capable; comes with fiber optic video (HD and SD) transmission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.1.1      M9-L Mechanical Interface

 

There are two basic interface possibilities for mounting any M9-L product, namely the direct interface to the Egress Drum, or mounting to the supplied adaptor ring.  Figure 2 shows the mechanical layout for bolting to the Egress Drum directly.  Figure 3 shows the mounting interfaces to the adaptor ring.  The adaptor ring allows for mounting from the bottom via six ½-20 bolts or using through holes for studs or bolt/nut combinations.

 

Figure 2  M9-L Egress Drum Mounting Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 3  M9-L Adaptor Plate Mounting Interface

 

 

3.1.2      M9-L Electrical Interface

 

The M9-L systems can use a wide range of supply voltages.  At the time of order, customers can specify desired input voltage.  Generally, the mobile M9-L HT is a 24 VDC unit, and all other systems are 48 VDC as a default. Some systems with heavy payloads can benefit from 72 VDC or additional power ratings. At 48 VDC, the M9-L system requires 1000 watts of power supply capability. Generally, the system only draws ~200 – 300 watts of power, but this can rapidly rise given fast moves, wind loads, IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera cool down, or other issues. Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) builds and sells several configurations of power supply units based on customer need.  These are outlined in the table below.

 

 

Type Voltage Power Features Usage
Lab Supply (grey) 24 VDC or 48 VDC

 

1000W Lab usage, light weight, simple.  Power connection only. Indoor usage, limited outside demo
Rack Mount 48 VDC 1000W 19” rack mount supply, Ethernet enabled power switch, auxiliary sockets.  Power connection only. Equipment shelters
Long Range Interface Box 48 VDC 1000W NEMA outdoor box, direct interface to main cable using single connector.  Can house Ethernet switch with optical transceiver ports, BALUN board, encoders, remote power switch, etc. Tower mounting, less than 100’ from Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ.
Lightning Suppression LRIB 48 VDC 1000W Similar to standard Long Range Interface Box, with added lightning protection features. Tower Mounted, < 100’ from Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ
High Power NEMA– Power Only 72 VDC 1000 or 1500W Separate NEMA enclosure to support 72 VDC power supply.  Generally used in conjunction with standard LRIB. Tower Mounted, < 100’ from Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ

 

 

In addition to power supply capability, it is imperative to use proper cabling to interface to the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ.  Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) provides standard interface cable that contains proper power wiring as well as Ethernet cabling all encased in a Santoprene jacket.  If Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) cable is not used, make sure that dual twisted pair 14 GA wiring is used, and that the distance from the power supply and the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ does not exceed 100 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2   M9-L System Mounting

 

 

The M9-L surveillance system is very easy for the user to set up.  Systems are provided with 6 mounting holes for bolts, on the bottom of the base.  An optional tripod adaptor flange can also be ordered.  Start with the base (this can be a tripod, mast, or other custom mounting device) and mount the head section using 3/8-16 x3/4” low profile or button head bolts (Mc Master-Carr part 93615A515).  If the optional tripod flange is used, then install ½” x 20 bolts and lock washers, placing the lock washers under the heads of the bolts.

 

3.2.1      Stable Mounting Base

 

A note on system mounting:  It is critically important that the M9-L system be mounted on a stable, rigid base.  If the system is mounted on anything that can move, resonate, flex or has compliance, the system will not perform to specification, and can become unstable or even unusable. Compliance in the mounting platform can result in servo system resonance, vibration, and extremely poor operation.  Stiff, stable mounting is key for successful operation of the M9-L systems.

 

 

Figure 5  M9-L Head Installation on Mounting Base

 

3.2.2      System Grounding

 

The M9-L system is grounded by installation onto the tower, however adding a strap from the tower to the M9-L mount plate or Egress Drum will ensure a better grounding path.

 

 

3.2.3      Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Installation

 

Once the head is secured, the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera systems can be installed.  On the top of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit, there are engravings that indicate forward (arrows) and Day and Night sides.  The visible or daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera goes on the day side, and the IR sensor on the night side.  Looking at either Elevation Mount Plate, there is a connector in the center.  The connector “key” structure has one tab that is larger than the other; the Mount Plate is oriented correctly when this “large key” is up.  When the large key is up, the sensor mounts to the plate horizontally.

 

 

UP
Large Key

 

Figure 6  M9-L Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Connector Detail

 

 

 

Caution

 

Do not unnecessarily rotate the M9-L HT / A elevation gimbal by hand.  Rotating the elevation gimbal by hand greater than 90 degrees will result in possible damage to the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ internal harnesses.

 

Caution

 

Before mating the sensor tubes, inspect the connectors to verify that no pins are bent, and that the connectors are free of dirt or debris.

 

 

 

 

Caution

 

When mounting the sensors to the head, the sensor mounting plates should easily mate and be flush with the elevation plates.  If the sensor does not mate easily, STOP!  Verify orientation of the sensor to the plate, verify alignment pins are not bent, connector is undamaged, etc.  FORCING THE SENSOR ONTO THE MOUNT CAN SEVERLY DAMAGE THE SYSTEM. 

 

Starting with the infrared Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera (right side of head) carefully grasping the IR sensor tube, ease the tube connector and pins towards the mating connector and holes in the elevation mounting plates.  The connector self-aligns and the electrical connections will be made via the blind mate.  Next, thread captive screws in sensor into the tapped holes on the elevation plates using ½” wrench.  Tighten screws to approximately 25 in-lbs.

 

 

 

Figure 7  M9-L IR Sensor Installation

 

 

Repeat the process installing the visible (video) sensor tube on the left side of the head assembly, securing the tube with the captive screws and tightening to approximately 25 in-lbs.

 

Danger

 

M9-L HT and A systems employ a “homing” routine to establish proper zeroing of the relative motor encoders used for these types.  The systems will move in elevation and azimuth simultaneously, and can injure or knock over an unaware operator near the unit.

 

 

 

Now, with power off / locked out, connect the power and signal interface cable to the connector on the bottom of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ. Before mating the connectors, inspect to verify that no pins are bent, and that the connectors are free of dirt or debris.

 

Do not connect power supply to 110V until ready to power system.

 

 

Figure 8  Connecting the System Power and Control Cable

 

 

 

3.2.4      Power Connections, Power Supply

 

Connect the main interface cable to the power supply; see section 3.1.2 for details on the power interface options.

 

Danger

 

M9-L systems employ power supply voltages from 24 VDC to 72 VDC, up to 1500 Watts, depending on configuration.   Do not ‘hot plug’ the power to the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ.  Do not handle live unconnected cabling.  Use all available protection for handling high voltage when working with the M9-L power supply.  Electrocution or fire can result from improper handling of the system power interface.

 

 

 

3.2.5      Ethernet and Video Connections

 

Using standard Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) interface cabling, connect the ETHERNET 1 (marked) RJ-45 connector to the control computer Ethernet interface.  Connect the hand controller to the USB port of the computer.  ETHERNET 2 is used for either direct connection to the Galil Servo Controller or for encoded video output; this can be networked with the control channel on an Ethernet switch or attached to a second computer or network interface.  ETHERNET 3 is analog video; this should be connected to a Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) BALUN Board or splitter dongle with video BALUNs.  If this output is not used (digital used only) then it should be terminated.  ETHERNET 4 (some systems) is typically used for encoded video streams, tracker control interfaces or special customer functions.

 

3.3   M9-L Maintenance

 

The M9-L exterior can be wiped down with a soft cloth and water.  If necessary, a mild detergent (such as Simple Green) can be used on the housings, and commercial lens cleaner with lens tissue can be used to clean the windows.

 

3.4   M9-L System Operation

 

The following details refer to the Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) Graphical User Interface software included with the system.  Other custom / customer operator interfaces may vary.

 

Danger

 

M9-L HT and A systems employ a “homing” routine to establish proper zeroing of the relative motor encoders used for these types.  The systems will move in elevation and azimuth simultaneously, and can injure or knock over an unaware operator near the unit.

 

 

 

 

3.4.1      Apply system power

 

Move the power switch on the power supply into the ON position to turn on system power. For M9-L HT and A systems, the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ will start the homing process.  M9-L direct drive systems will servo in place, but not move.

 

3.4.2      ITS Interface

 

  • Launch ITS GUI Program.

Double click the ITS icon to launch the program.  Select the Site from the drop down corresponding to the pan/tilt where a connection is needed.  See Appendix 10 for information on setting up a Sites.cfg file.

 

  • Verify Connection

If communication to the pan/tilt is made, there will be a stream of data in the Command box at the bottom of the GUI.

 

 

  • Positioning the pan/tilt

For M9-L HT / A:  Once the HOMING process is complete, the system is ready to be used.  Otherwise, system is ready for positioning as soon as communication is established.  There are three ways to manually move the unit.

 

  • Virtual Joystick

With the mouse, left click the virtual joystick at the top left of the GUI and while holding the button down, drag the center cursor right, left, up or down to move the sightline to the desired location.  Releasing the mouse button stops the pan/tilt at the current location.  Clicking away from center will make the pan/tilt move quickly; clicking on the center and then dragging the cursor slowly will result in a more controlled movement.

 

  • Logitech or CH Products Joystick

A Logitech gaming joystick, PS type controller or CH Products joystick can be used to control the pan/tilt.  Plug the joystick into a USB slot on the computer and re-launch the ITS GUI if necessary.  The left joystick on the Logitech controls motion, the right joystick controls zoom and focus.  On the CH Products joystick, the buttons and controls are programmable through a popup accessed via the maintenance page of the GUI.

 

  • Set Position

In the Set section of the GUI, the actual gimbal angles are displayed.  There is also a “Set” box where desired angles can be entered from the keyboard.  Enter angles for the Azimuth and Elevation and then click on the “set position” button to make the pan/tilt go to the desired angle. NOTE:  the Set Position function looks at AZ, EL, Zoom and Focus values entered in the command boxes – make sure to enter the current values if you don’t want them to change when you are only changing one value.

 

  • Visible / Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Controls

The Visible or “daylight” Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera can be operated from the ITS GUI.  Select the Visible button in the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Control section to turn the button yellow.

 

  • Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Zoom

To zoom the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera, there are four possible methods:

  1. Use the Zoom control on the GUI to increase or decrease the amount of lens zoom. Click the slider and drag it in the direction of zoom required
  2. Left click the mouse on the Virtual Joystick to change the zoom position (left and right).
  3. Use an attached Logitech Joystick – hold the top button down and move the joystick left and right, or on a PS 2 hold down the “2” button and use the left joystick to zoom.
  4. Use the Set Position function on the GUI. Enter a desired zoom position and hit the Set Position button to move to a specific zoom location.  NOTE:  the Set Position function looks at AZ, EL, Zoom and Focus values entered in the command boxes – make sure to enter the current values if you don’t want them to change when you are only changing one value.

 

  • Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Focus

To focus the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera, there are four possible methods:

  1. Use the Focus control on the GUI to increase or decrease the amount of lens focus. Click the slider and drag it in the direction of focus required.
  2. Left click the mouse on the Virtual Joystick to change the focus position (up and down).
  3. Use an attached Logitech Joystick – hold the top button down and move the joystick up and down, or on a PS 2 hold down the “2” button and use the left joystick to focus.
  4. Use the Set Position function on the GUI. Enter a desired focus position and hit the Set Position button to move to a specific focus location.  NOTE:  the Set Position function looks at AZ, EL, Zoom and Focus values entered in the command boxes – make sure to enter the current values if you don’t want them to change when you are only changing one value.

 

  • Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Auto Focus

Some types of Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras can perform an Auto Focus.  Press the Auto Focus button using the mouse; also the appropriate Auto Focus button on the joystick can be pressed.  The Auto Focus routine takes a few seconds to complete.  It should be noted that not all scenes / targets are compatible with autofocus, and manual focus may be necessary.

 

  • Daylight Long Range Camera 2X Zoom

Pressing the 2X Zoom button on the GUI places the 2X extender into the optical path of the lens, effectively doubling the zoom level.

 

  • Daylight Long Range Camera Adjust Active Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera

Depending on the Long Range Camera type in use, this screen can be used to bring up an on screen display from the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera module itself.  The Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera module may have functions such as white balance, shutter speed, etc.  Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for commands available for a specific Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera type. The figure below is an example of the Adjust Active Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Menu for the KP-D 5010 daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera.

 

  • Infrared Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Controls

The Infrared or “night” Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera can be operated from the ITS GUI.  Select the IR button in the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Control section to turn the button yellow.  Generally, the operator will become familiar with the Infrared Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera controls and learn which particular controls will optimize the image for a given set of conditions. Key controls include Focus, Local Area Contrast, Edge Enhance, Stabilization, Turbulence Mitigation (if equipped) and Non Uniformity Correction – All of these are integral to minute by minute operation of the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras.

 

  • IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Zoom

To zoom the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera, there are four possible methods:

  1. Use the Zoom control on the GUI to increase or decrease the amount of lens zoom.  Click the slider and drag it in the direction of zoom required
  2. Left click the mouse on the Virtual Joystick to change the zoom position (left and right).
  3. Use an attached Logitech Joystick – hold the top button down and move the joystick left and right, or on a PS 2 hold down the “2” button and use the left joystick to zoom.
  4. Use the Set Position function on the GUI. Enter a desired zoom position and hit the Set Position button to move to a specific zoom location.  NOTE:  the Set Position function looks at AZ, EL, Zoom and Focus values entered in the command boxes – make sure to enter the current values if you don’t want them to change when you are only changing one value.

 

  • IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Focus

To focus the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera, there are four possible methods:

  1. Use the Focus control on the GUI to increase or decrease the amount of lens focus. Click the slider and drag it in the direction of focus required.
  2. Left click the mouse on the Virtual Joystick to change the focus position (up and down).
  3. Use an attached Logitech Joystick – hold the top button down and move the joystick up and down, or on a PS 2 hold down the “2” button and use the left joystick to focus.
  4. Use the Set Position function on the GUI. Enter a desired focus position and hit the Set Position button to move to a specific focus location.  NOTE:  the Set Position function looks at AZ, EL, Zoom and Focus values entered in the command boxes – make sure to enter the current values if you don’t want them to change when you are only changing one value.

 

  • Auto Focus

The IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera can perform an Auto Focus. Press the Auto Focus button using the mouse; also the appropriate Auto Focus button on the joystick can be pressed.  The Auto Focus routine takes a few seconds to complete.  It should be noted that not all scenes / targets are compatible with autofocus, and manual focus may be necessary.

 

  • Refocus

The IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera can perform a Refocus.  Similar to Auto Focus, but uses a narrower range for selecting the focus point.

 

  • Stabilize

The IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera has an on-board electronic stabilization routine that can compensate for small, low frequency sightline errors.  By pressing the Stabilize button with the mouse, the stabilization function toggles on or off.

 

  • Local Area Contrast

The Local Area Contrast function is key to getting the most from the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera image.  Depending on the subject being viewed, varying the amount of local area image contrast can help to resolve detail, sharpen the image and generally help to pull out information that would not otherwise be visible without the adjustment.  Once a scene is being viewed, slide the control in increments until the proper amount of image contrast is achieved.

 

  • Edge Enhance

The Edge Enhance control slightly sharpens edges for better image definition.  This control is toggled on and off by pressing the button with the mouse.

 

  • Adjust Active Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera

The SPI Ultra Sensitive Long Life MWIR Cooled MidWave Thermal Imaging flir Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera allow for adjustment of several features to enhance IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera performance.  These features are controlled here, and include Non Uniformity Correction, manual and automatic gain settings, and inquiries to determine the number of cool down cycles and amount of cooler run time. The figure below shows an example of the Adj. Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera menu for the Long Range PTZ Thermal Imaging FLIR EOIR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera.

 

  • Non Uniformity Correction — NUC

The IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera imager has a certain level of dead pixels or other non-conformities that need to be ‘mapped out’ of the image to make the imagery more useful.  By selecting NUC, the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera will put a small internal flag in front of the imager (between the lens and imager) and any feature other than the uniform flag will be mapped out in the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera software.  The process will take approximately 30 seconds; during the process the image output will ‘freeze’.  Once complete, the image will become live again.  The operator may see some noise or ‘lightning bolts’ for a moment when the image becomes live again; this is perfectly normal.  NUC should be done at least once every 24 hours, but can be performed several times a day as needed to maintain image performance.

 

  • Laser Pointer

If a Laser Pointer unit is attached, the following steps are used to turn the unit on, off, change the appearance of the beam, and determine status.  Three types of Laser Pointers are provided by Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI); the Refractive Pointer, Reflective (ultra-long range) Pointer and the light – weight Pointer.  These Laser Pointers are all eye-safe at zero range; they have an effective range beyond 15 km.

 

Figure 11  Refractive Long Range Laser Pointer Assembly

 

 

 

Figure 12  Reflective Ultra Long Range Laser Pointer Assembly

 

 

  • Laser Pointer On / Off

Click LASER button to turn the laser pointer ON.  Note button changes to green.  Click LASER button to turn the laser pointer OFF.  Note the button changes back to grey.

 

  • Laser Pointer Mode

With the Laser Pointer ON, click on CONTINUOUS or PULSE to change the state of the beam.  Note that CONTINUOUS is actually a fast pulse, fast enough to appear continuous to the eye, but not necessarily continuous if captured to video.

 

  • Laser Pointer Status

Click the STATUS button in the Laser Pointer section of the GUI to see the current status of the laser pointer. A pop-up menu will come up showing various information such as the command status, current, current limit, power, temperature, etc.

 

  • Laser Illuminator

If a Laser Illuminator unit is attached, the following steps are used to turn the unit on, off, change the appearance of the beam, and determine status.  The Laser Illuminator is generally used in conjunction with a low light Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera, such as EMCCD type Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras, as an illumination source at night.  The Laser Illuminator is eye-safe beyond 50 meters; they have an effective range of 2-3 km, dependent on conditions.

 

 

Figure 13  Laser Illuminator Assembly

 

 

Danger

 

The Laser Illuminator contains a Class IV laser and can damage eyes or permanently blind a person staring into the aperture at close range (less than 50 meters) or using magnifying optics such as binoculars, sighting scopes or telescopes.  Do not stare into the Laser Aperture.

 

 

  • Laser Illuminator On / Off

Turn the Laser Illuminator ON by clicking on the LASER button.  Note the button turns green.  Click the LASER button to turn the illuminator OFF; note the button becomes grey.

 

  • Laser Illuminator Intensity (zoom)

Laser Illuminator intensity / illumination area can be controlled by the zoom slider on the GUI.  Sliding the control to the right shrinks and intensifies the illumination, sliding the control to the right expands and reduces the level of illumination on the target.

 

  • Laser Illuminator Status

Click the STATUS button in the Laser Illuminator section of the GUI to see the current status of the laser illuminator. A pop-up menu will come up showing various information such as the command status, current, current limit, power, temperature, etc.

 

  • Laser Range Finders

Several partner Laser Range Finders are supported by / packaged by Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI).  See the basic operational descriptions below.

 

  • ALST

 

  • Zeiss

To find the range of a distant object click the Get Range button in the Laser Ranger section of the GUI. Objects that are either too close or too far away will cause the GUI to read Out of Range. Clicking the Adjust Range Finder button will show how many times the ranger has been fired.

 

  • Other Devices

 

  • Video Encoders

Some M9-L systems come equipped with video encoders to convert analog video from the sensors into digital video streams. See the basic operational descriptions for the specific type of encoder below.

 

  • SPI HD and SD Video Encoders and Decoders

The SPI series of HD and SD video encoders are used to convert video streams to H.264 compliant feeds that are compatible with several types of video recorders and transport systems.  SPI units are especially valuable for encoding HD-SDI video in the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit for transmission on standard Ethernet wiring.  SPI encoders have integrated web servers, and all aspects of the encoder operation can be configured via their web interface by simply entering the IP address of the encoder in any internet browser.  Typically, Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) uses IP addresses of 192.168.150.50 or 192.168.150.52 as a default IP for these units.  Refer to your specific configuration sheet for details.  The default user is ‘admin’ and the default password is ‘admin’.

 

 

  • Axis SD Video Encoders

For Ethernet/IP equipped M9-L systems, it is recommended to download the newest version of the remote IP ONVIF ETHERNET. This software will automatically detect the encoder on the network, allow you to change the IP address of the encoder, and display the video feeds and options in a browser window. Run the IP Utility to find the IP address of the video encoder on the network. If the encoder does not appear in the window, click the Refresh icon. If you wish to change the IP address, find the encoder from the list, click the Tools bar, then Assign IP Address or click the Assign IP address icon. To show the video feed in a browser window, simply double click the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera from the list.  The default user is ‘root’ and the default password is ‘root’.

IP utility screenshot

 

  • Annotators
    • Single or Dual Channel Video Annotator and GPS Receiver

If a video overlay / annotator is installed, the Annotator menu item will be active at the top of the Graphical User Interface.  By clicking on the Annotator menu item, a new page will appear with all of the video annotation controls.  At the upper left, there will be buttons to enable annotation on Channel 1 (single channel) or Channel 1 and Channel 2 independently.  Changes to the annotation setup can be made, including the addition of crosshairs, GPS time and position, Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ positions, lens/laser status, and free text, among other choices.  There are controls for positioning the text overlays anywhere on the screen by using Position (counting from left to right in character spaces) and Line (counting from top to bottom in line numbers).

 

  • Tracker

Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) M9-L systems can be equipped with EOI dual channel trackers and controlled via the M9-L GUI.  The trackers can be ordered as a two-channel NTSC unit, or as a two channel with HD-SDI for one imager and NTSC for the second feed.  If equipped, the Tracker menu item will appear on the GUI (top) and once clicked, this will launch a new window with dedicated tracker controls.

 

 

  • Rate Mode / Gyroscopes / Rate Sensors

There are two options for Gyro stabilization for M9-L systems; one utilizes a Ultra Steady Multi axis rate gyrostabilizer and the other is a two axis rate sensor.  If this option is installed, the GUI will display a Rate Mode checkbox and Rate menu item.  The Rate Mode checkbox puts the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ into a stabilized rate mode, while the Rate menu allows for drift correction.

 

 

  • Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

4.0 M9-L System Description and Interface Control

 

4.1 Internal Component Functions, Interfaces

 

There are four principle electronic devices within the M9-L HT gimbal system.  These are the Servo Controller/motor amplifier, control card, power distribution & limits board, and the video encoder.  These sub elements are described in the following paragraphs.

 

  • Servo Amplifier/ Servo Controller

 

The M9-L Servo Controller houses the necessary servo control logic and software translation to drive the elevation and azimuth gimbals.  The Servo Controller  utilizes on board firmware to translate software commands into hardware signals.

 

  • ITS System Control Card

 

The ITS system control card is the primary connection to the graphical user interface or other command interface.  It uses a single Ethernet connection to control all system functions.  The board includes individual serial interfaces for each system component.  All required operating modes, self-test, system setup and calibration function are performed by this card.

 

  • IP Address for System

 

The factory default for the M9-L using the ITS 2110 System Controller is 192.168.150.92.  See Appendix 80 for more details on IP addressing with the M9-L system.  Resetting the IP address to the factory default is possible; see Appendix 60.

 

  • Video Encoder

 

The standard video encoder for the M9-L HT is A digital real time Mpeg 4 encoder.  It is mounted on the roof of the unit.

 

  • Video Encoder IP Address

 

The default IP Address for the encoder is 192.168.0.1; if the encoder is set to any other address, or if the user would like to set encoder configuration, refer to the IP/Ethernet Configuration Manager available on the US website.  A basic reference for encoder settings is provided in Appendix 50.

 

  • Analog Video Interface

 

Analog video is a standard output on all M9-L products, and is found on the “Ethernet 3” cable.  The video is output as a balanced pair, and cannot be simply connected to a video monitor or other 75 ohm input without using a balun to convert the signal back to 75 ohm NTSC video.  Use a Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) Balun Board p/n 105293 to convert the signals for use at the end of the system interface cable.  The standard system interface cable comes with a RJ-45 / Ethernet style plug for connecting to the board.  If the analog video will not be used, terminate the two video outputs on this board with standard 75 ohm BNC terminators.  See Appendix 60 for more information on the analog video output and configuration options.

 

 

 

 

 

4.2 M9-L Signal Interface

 

The primary signal interface for the M9-L system is via the main power and signal connector J1.  Depending on the unit, the system will either have a three Ethernet or four Ethernet interface.  The type can be determined from the connector; the three Ethernet is a 35 pin connector, and the four Ethernet has 66 pins.

 

 

 

 

 

4.3 Right and Left Hand Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Interface

 

The “right” and “left” hand Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera interfaces.  The electrical description of these interfaces is listed in Table 2 below.

 

 

 

 

4.4 Software Interfaces

 

For the M9-L the ITS Graphical User Interface is used to translate basic screen commands to the Servo Controller, Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras and other devices.  For development of your own interface, ask for the current M9-L System Software ICD corresponding to your product.

 

4.5 Firmware

 

The ITS 2110 Controller card firmware and the Galil 4020 Servo Controller firmware can both be updated; see Appendix 10 for instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appendix 10: System Setup, Software Installation and System Configuration

Set Up System:  Quick Guide

CAUTION

 

DO NOT ROTATE THE ELEVATION GIMBAL BY HAND. 

 

Damage may result to the internal wiring and void the warranty!!

 

 

 

  • System Unpack and Setup
  1. Remove the M9-L Pan and Tilt PTZ PTZ unit from its container.
  2. Attach the M9-L to a suitable tripod, mast or tower.
  3. Remove the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera from its shipping container and attach the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera to the right side of the M9-L and tighten the bolts using a ½” wrench.

NOTE:  Looking at the face of the pan/tilt unit, the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera will be on your left.

 

 

Figure 10‑1  M9-L HT

 

 

 

 

  1. Remove the Visible (or Daylight) Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera from its shipping container and attach the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera to the left side of the M9-L and tighten the bolts using a ½” wrench.
  2. Connect the system cable to the connector at the base of the Pan and Tilt PTZ unit. Hand tighten only.
  3. Connect power connector from the system cable to the power supply (grey box with 110V cord).
  4. Connect the BNC connectors to NTSC video monitors. If the analog video channels are not going to be used, they should be terminated if long lengths of interface cable are connected to the system.  See Appendix 60 for more information.
  5. Connect the Grey RJ-45 Ethernet connector to the computer to be used for control. (Sometimes, the correct Ethernet cable is blue – See below).  There are two Ethernet connectors to support a video encoder, if that option is ordered).

 

Install Software & Configure System

 

  1. Install command and control GUI files (M9-L HT V0.12) in a network PC that is attached to the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ.
  2. Copy over new GUI exe file to the same directory as the ITS GUI exe installed above.
  3. Unpack and place the sites.cfg file somewhere – same directory as above is good, or somewhere else.
  4. Edit the sites file using Notepad.exe; Make sure there is a site line that references 192.168.150.92, and some name like “default” or “ATP”
  5. Put in the IP address that you WANT to go to once the system is set up, as well as a name for this site.  Follow the format established in the file.  Save the changes and close Notepad.  Remember where this file is, or put it in the same folder as the executable file.
  6. Open the new GUI
  7. Click on Setup
  8. Password is: its (or ‘password’)
  9. Click on Set Site Config File Location button
  10. Browse to tell the program where the sites file is – This can be in the same folder as the exe files.
  11. Exit the setup screen
  12. Connect/turn on pan/tilt system.
  13. Choose the Site referenced at step 4.
  14. Note the communication stream in the lower right box – the pan/tilt is connected.

Appendix 30:  Controller Firmware Update Procedure

30.1 Firmware Update for JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION controller using JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION Controller S/W

 

  1. Launch the JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION controller.

 

  1. From the main screen select the site that you’d like to modify from the Site Select dropdown control. (
  2. Figure 30‑1)

 

  1. From the main screen click Setup from the menu bar. (
  2. Figure 30‑1)

 

 

 

 

  1. Enter the password (Default = its) on the password pop-up screen and click ok. (Figure 30‑2)

 

Figure 30‑2 Password Pop-up Screen

 

  1. Click the Load New Firmware File button on the Setup screen. (Figure 30‑3)

 

  1. Note that the firmware currently installed appears in the “Installed Version” text box. From the Change Firmware Screen click the Browse button and navigate and select the new firmware file you wish to load. (Figure 30‑4).  Firmware created before Rev I were all named U6125P.BIN; starting with Rev I, the convention became U6125P-(rev).BIN.  See Table 3 for more information.

 

  1. Once the new file is selected, click the Load New Firmware (Figure 30‑4)

 

 

  1. Click the Yes button on the Confirmation Screen to confirm that you want to load the new firmware (Figure 30‑5).

 

 

  1. Click the Exit button on both the Change Firmware Screen (Figure 30‑5) and Setup Screen (Figure 30‑4).

 

Note: To see what firmware version is installed, open the Change Firmware Screen.  The current version will be displayed.

Appendix 40: Setting Site Manifest

 

 

Setting the site manifest tells the GUI which sensors and accessories it is talking to and which controls it needs to display. The GUI will save the information once completed. If the sensors or accessories are ever changed, the site manifest will need to be updated to match the new configuration.

 

Set the Site Manifest using the following steps:

 

  1. Click the “Setup” tab on the top left corner of the ITS GUI then select “Configuration” as shown in Figure 40-1 below.

 

  1. Click the “Set Site Manifest” button (Figure 40-2).

 

  1. Select the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras and lenses used on the system from corresponding dropdown menus in the Configure Manifest Window (Figure 40-3). Typically, Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera 1 is the visible lens and Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera 2 is the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera.

 

 

  1. If equipped, select the appropriate model of Illuminator, range finder annotator and/or tracker in this menu as well. Make sure to select the correct serial ports corresponding to where the accessories are plugged into the ITS board.

 

  1. Click “Set Site Manifest” when done. If the configuration entered does not match the installed sensors/accessories, the GUI will not allow the site to be set. Correct the manifest and try again until the manifest is accepted.

 

  1. Click “Exit” then “Exit” again to return to the main GUI Window.

 

  1. Select a different site from the “Site Select” dropdown menu on the Main Screen, then reselect the one you just configured to refresh the GUI.

 

  1. Check to see if the correct controls appear in the GUI.

 

  1. Test the functionality of the controls for each Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera and/or accessory.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 50:  Controller IP Address Configuration Procedure

 

 

50.1 JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION Controller IP Address configuration using JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION Controller S/W

 

NOTE:  If the system IP Address for a unit has been lost, there is no discovery protocol for determining what the address was other than creating a broad list of possible addresses in the sites file and trying each one to look for communication.  If the user would like to reset the pan/tilt ITS controller to a factory default address, see Appendix 60.

 

  1. Launch the JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION controller.

 

  1. From the main screen select the site that you’d like to modify from the Site Select dropdown control. (
  2. Figure 30‑1)

 

  1. From the main screen click Setup from the menu bar. (Figure 50‑1)

 

 

 

  1. Enter the password (Default password = its) on the password pop-up screen and click ok (Figure 50‑2).

 

 

  1. Click the Change IP Address button on the Setup screen (Figure 50‑3).

 

 

  1. Click the Yes button on the Change IP Address Confirmation Screen. (Figure 50‑4)

 

Figure 50‑4  Change IP Address Confirmation Screen

 

  1. Enter the New IP address and port number in the Change IP Address Screen and click the Change button. (Figure 50‑5)

 

 

  1. Click the Yes button on the Confirmation Screen if the information is correct. (Figure 50‑6)

 

 

 

  1. Click the Yes button on the Confirmation Screen if you’d like to update the CFG file. (Figure 50‑7)

 

 

  1. Click the Yes button on the Confirmation Screen if you’d really like to update the CFG file. (Figure 50‑8)

 

Figure 50‑8  Save CFG File Screen

 

 

  1. Click the Exit Button on the Setup screen (Figure 50‑3).

 

 

Appendix 60:  IP/Ethernet HD X2 IP Address Configuration Procedure

 

 

 

60.1 IP/Ethernet Encoder IP Address configuration using IP/Ethernet Web Interface.

 

  1. Open Internet Explorer and enter the current IP address of the encoder. The default for IP/Ethernet encoders is 192.168.0.1
  2. From the IP/Ethernet Main Screen, click on the settings link near the top of the page. (Figure 60‑1)

 

 

Figure 60‑1 IP/Ethernet Main Screen

 

  1. From the Settings Screen click on the Service Settings from the list on the left. (Figure 60‑2)

 

Figure 60‑2 Settings Screen

 

 

  1. Click the Network link if it isn’t already highlighted.
  2. From the Network Screen enter the new IP address and click the set button at the bottom right of your screen. (Figure 60‑3). The unit will reset and after a few moments the webpage can be reloaded at the new address.

 

Note:  Once the IP address is changed and saved, you will have to navigate to the new IP address.

 

 

 

Figure 60‑3  Network Screen

 

 

60.2 IP/Ethernet Encoder IP Address configuration using the IP/Ethernet Administrative Software

 

  • Being a commercial off the shelf product, the software and firmware for this device is controlled by IP/Ethernet, or by direction of the user or users’ installation contractors.

 

  • As of this writing, the IP/Ethernet Configuration Manager software version 1.72.0019 can be downloaded from :

 

 

  • By loading IP/Ethernet Configuration Manager, the software can discover the HD X2 Device on any network; it is not necessary to reconfigure the computer the CM is loaded on to be operating on the same network, it will work across any subnet. Most if not all changes can be made via this interface.

 

  • Also available is the Settings interface accessible as a web page using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Updated versions of Java are required, and browser security settings need to be configured to allow for the device setting features to work.  The computer needs to be configured to communicate on the same subnet as the device.

 

NOTE:  The video encoder settings are controlled by the user and user contractors based on the needs of the network being used.  High bandwidth / high frame rate transmission of video images can result in network bandwidth problems in some cases.  The configurations of the encoders, software tool versions, permissions, etc. are subjects not covered by this document.

 

  • Communicating to the IP/Ethernet directly via an attached serial port is not recommended, as it requires opening the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ and building a special harness to attach the wiring.

 

  1. From the Windows select Start, Programs, Configuration Manager.
  2. The Configuration manager will start and take a moment to populate the list of devices.
  3. From the Configuration Manager screen select the device you wish to change from the list on the left. (Figure 60‑4)

 

 

Figure 60‑4  Configuration Manager Screen


 

 

  1. Click on the Network Tab. (Figure 60‑5)
  2. Enter the new IP address and click the set button in the lower right. (Figure 60‑5)

 

Figure 60‑5 Configuration Manager Screen – Network Tab

 

 

  1. Click OK on the Information Pop-Up Screen. (Figure 60‑6)

 

 

Figure 60‑6  Information Pop-Up

 

 

 

Appendix 70:  Troubleshooting Common Problems

 

 

70.1 Troubleshooting common video issues and Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera control issues

 

Generally, the video sent via the IP/Ethernet HD X2 Encoder is formatted by the settings of the encoder.  As shipped configuration is fairly simple, and allows for full 4CIF 30 FPS video on each channel.  The system integrator has changed the settings for installed systems; refer to system integrator documentation.

 

Other possible issues:

 

  • Video image upside-down: One or both Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras have been installed on the wrong side of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit.  There is an engraving on the top of the pan/tilt that shows “forward” via and arrow, and “day” and “night” indicating which Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera goes on which side.  The alternative is that the pan/tilt elevation axis has been rotated past 90 degrees, in which case the system should be turned off and hand rotated back to level elevation.  See section 70.2 below.

 

 

 

 

Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ Unit

Forward Side

Visible “daylight” Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera
IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera
Engraving on top of unit

 

Figure 70‑1  M9-L

 

 

 

  • No video from IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera: Make sure that the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera cryo cooler has not been turned off.  On the ITS GUI, there is a button to the right of the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera select button; if this button says “off” then the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera is on, if it says “on” then the cryocooler (hence the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera) has been commanded off.  Click the “on” button to turn the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera back on. (Figure 70‑2)

 

 

  • Poor image quality from IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera: non-uniformity correction “NUC” should be performed from time to time on the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera.  Using the ITS GUI, click on the IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera button to make it active, then click on “Adjust Active Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera”. (Figure 70‑2)

 

  • The window that pops up has a NUC button with a 3 or 5 point selection possible; also the user should “save” the NUC values to the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera (Figure 70-3).

 

 

  • Poor Color from Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera: White Balance Correction should be performed from time to time on the daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera.  Using the ITS GUI, click on the Visible Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera button to make the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera active.  Click on the “Adjust Active Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera” button to bring up a window that will allow adjustment of the color Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera. (Figure 70‑2)

 

 

  • From the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Menu Control Pop-Up window, click the Menu Off button to turn the on screen menu ON.

 

  • Using the Up, Down and Enter Buttons scroll to white balance settings overlaid on the Vis Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera feed.

 

  • Select Mode and toggle the Enter Button to select ATW.

 

  • Toggle the Down Button to select ATW Range; Press Enter and choose

 

  • On the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Menu Control Pop-Up window, click Menu Off and Exit.

 

Note:  The menu is an On Screen Menu as seen in Figure 70‑.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 70‑5  On Screen Menu

 

 

  • No Color from Daylight Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera (black and white image): Assuming the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera is in a daylight (not nighttime) environment, it is possible that a user left the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera in “night mode” which is black and white only.  Enter the menu as above and scroll to B/W Mode.
  • Toggle Enter to choose the appropriate mode for the lighting conditions. Choosing the Auto(M) is a good starting place; if B/W mode turns on at an unacceptable point in lighting conditions, choose Auto(H) or Auto(L) as needed.  B/W mode can be forced by choosing On, or eliminated by choosing Off.
  • On the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera Menu Control Pop-Up window, choose Menu Off and Exit.
  • Image “ghosting” on either the Daylight / color Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera or Night / IR Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera:
    1. Image ghosting can be caused many factors, but the most common is unterminated or poorly terminated video lines.
    2. Check the IP/Ethernet video encoder settings, and verify that the state of the termination settings is consistent with the application. Consult the IP/Ethernet HD X2 user guide for more information.
    3. The M9-L system has both encoded video output and analog video output.
    4. Un-terminated analog video output may impact the digitally encoded video appearance in the form of ghost images. If the analog output will not be used, take one of the two following steps:

 

Ghost image indicates poor video termination.

Figure 70‑6 Video Image Ghosting

 

  1. Terminate the analog output. Locate the Ethernet 3 cable in the interface cable assembly and plug the unused Ethernet 3 connector (RJ-45 style) into a Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) Balun Board (P/N 105293).  Connect two 75 ohm terminators to the two output BNC connectors.  Stow this board in a weather protected shelter or other enclosure.
  2. Unplug the analog output inside the M9-L HT. Open the forward cover of the pan/tilt unit (see section 70.2).  Lower the service panel and find the video balun / interface board on the right side wall.  Remove the cable plugged into the Ethernet plug on this unit.  This is the Ethernet 3 Analog Video cable (Figure 70-7).
Video Balun

Interface Board

Ethernet “3”

Analog Video Connection

Figure 70‑7  Balun Video Interface Board

 

  • Tie the loose Ethernet 3 cable to the nearby cable bundle running along the inside floor of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ, or another safe location. Use a single ty-wrap, wax lacing or similar material to secure the wire.  Make sure the wire cannot become entangled in the Azimuth axis belt drive / gear located just to the left (Figure 70-8).

 

Ty-Wrap Ethernet 3 wiring to cable bundle or other safe location.

Figure 70‑8  Secure Loose Connector / Wire

 

 

70.2 Troubleshooting common PTZ issues

 

Possible Elevation Wrap Condition: 

 

If the user has reason to believe that the elevation axle has been “wrapped” passed the electronic stops, then the following action should be taken:

 

  1. a) Do not turn the elevation gimbal by hand.

 

  1. b) Remove system power, and then disconnect the system cable from the Egress Drum at the base of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ. DO NOT PERFORM THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS IN THE RAIN OR SNOW WITHOUT PROPERLY SHELTERING THE INSIDE OF THE PAN TILT ZOOM PTZ!
  2. c) Using a 9/64” hex driver, open the front or back panel, keeping track of all screws and lock washers.

 

  1. d) Open the access panel inside using the same tool.

 

  1. e) Examine the Elevation Axle and the wiring going into it. If properly oriented, the cable should be exiting the axle via a slot facing the roof of the pan/tilt. If the wiring is wrapped around the axle, carefully unwind the axle by rotating the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras as necessary to unwrap the wiring.  Be careful to make sure the cabling has not caught on the position sensors or other items in the pan/tilt housing.

 

  1. f) If any spot ties have been broken, remove all of the broken pieces and reinstall new spot ties as appropriate.

 

  1. g) Verify that the Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Cameras are upright and pointing forward per the engraving on the top of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ housing.

 

  1. h) Fold the access panel back up and secure using the captive screw(s) and 9/64” hex wrench.

 

  1. i) Verify the seal is clean, dry and properly seated in the cover; place the cover back on the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ with the “wavy part” of the seal towards the bottom (See Figure 70-9). DO NOT PINCH THE SEAL or allow any debris, water, small animals (including insects, macroscopic and greater size), etc to become trapped between the cover and the pan/tilt housing.

 

Wavy part of seal goes on bottom

 

Figure 70‑9 Cover Installation

 

  1. j) Install all cover screws and lock washers using Loctite. Hand tighten screws until snug.

 

Lost IP Address:  6125 DE-2 (Early NH HT SN 300 series (non-upgraded).

 

If the system IP Address for a unit has been lost, there is no discovery protocol for determining what the address was other than creating a broad list of possible addresses in the sites file and trying each one to look for communication.

 

To reset the IP address to the factory default, (192.168.150.92 or 192.168.150.93) perform the following steps:

 

  1. Perform the steps to open the gimbal housing per “Elevation Wrap Condition” above.

 

  1. The ITS Controller is a large circuit board on one of the two service/access panels that lower in step d above. The other service panel has a large black Galil controller – this is not what you are looking for!

 

  1. Find the red block with small white switches – the one with the “Address” label on the printed wiring board.

 

  1. With the power off, click two or more of these small white switches in the opposite direction that they were in.

 

  1. Apply system power and wait 30 seconds; remove system power.

 

  1. Click the switches changed in step d back the way they were.

 

  1. Apply system power and verify that the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ now communicates on a default IP address 192.168.150.92 or 192.168.150.93.

 

  1. Close system panels per steps h-j in the “Elevation Wrap Condition” section above.

 

  1. The system IP address may now be configured per Appendix 50.

 

Lost IP Address:  2110 DE-2 (NH HP SN 40000 and up, NH HT SN 50015 and up, NH C 90001 and up, NH HP SA 60001 and up):

 

If the system IP Address for a unit has been lost, there is a discovery protocol for determining what the address is set to (contact the factory for this application).

 

To reset the IP address to the factory default, (192.168.150.90 to 192.168.150.99) perform the following steps:

 

  1. The factory default can be reset in the range of 192.168.150.90 through 192.168.150.99 by depressing a combination if reset buttons and selecting an address via a rotary dial on the board. The following will describe the necessary steps to complete the reset.

 

  1. Tools required: 9/64 Allen wrench and an Ethernet cable.

 

  1. Remove the front side cover from the M9-L.

 

  1. Loosen the two access door retainer screws and lower the door to expose the ITS controller.

 

  1. With the power turned on to the board point the Address Dial S7 to 0-9. Note: the value that the dial is pointing at will be added to 90 to give you the last octet of the IP address when finished. For example if the rotary dial is pointed at 2, the ending address will be set to 192.168.150.92. If the dial is set to 0 the address will be set to 192.168.150.90.

 

  1. Hold down the IP Reset button labeled S8 A.

 

  1. Press and release the CPU reset button while continuing to hold the IP Reset button.

 

  1. Release the IP Reset button. The blue LED should now be lit indicating the change has taken place.

 

  1. Press and release the CPU reset button again to reset the board. The board should now be reset back to factory default.

Appendix 80:  Configuration Verification

 

80.1 Verification of Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera set configuration status for JOYSTICK EOIR GIMBAL SENSOR PAYLOAD PTZ KEYBOARD STATION F/W version, Galil Settings, Ethernet Card F/W version, and other critical configuration items

 

80.1.1 Verify ITS Firmware version:

Please reference Section 30.1 of this document for detailed instructions for performing the following steps.  From the ITS main screen, click on Settings, type in password “its”.  Click on Update Firmware and look at the window that comes up – It will report RAM pX or ROM pX  — RAM indicates that firmware loaded since original manufacture is loaded and the version is “X”; ROM indicates that the system is running on firmware loaded at the factory and it’s version is “X”.  If a firmware update was performed and the firmware loaded into RAM was somehow corrupted, the unit will revert to the ROM version stored on the board until a new version is loaded via the update process.

80.1.2 Verify ITS Firmware version:

Galil settings cannot be verified via external interfaces.  ITS Firmware versions “K” and above will automatically load the latest version of Galil controller software upon system boot, if the software is out of date or corrupted.

80.1.3    Ethernet card firmware versions cannot be verified by the user or in the field.

80.1.4    IP/Ethernet Firmware

Verify the IP/Ethernet HD X2 Firmware version using the IP/Ethernet Configuration Manager program.  Start the program, and choose the unit to be verified by its IP address.  Click on the Unit Access tab, and the Version Information section at the lower left has the Firmware and Hardware versions for the particular device displayed.  Alternatively, use the device web page by typing in the IP address in a browser such as Internet Explorer.  The default address is 192.168.0.1; choose the Settings link at the top of the web page after it loads.  Choose Service Settings and Version Information from menu at the left of the screen to display the Hardware and Firmware versions.

 

 

 

Appendix 90: TCP / IP Networking and the M9-L System

90.1 M9-L Network Interface

 

90.1.1 Overview:

The M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ units are TCP/IP based Ethernet interface devices.  The M9-L used fixed IP addressing; in this way, the network administrator for a given surveillance network can assign fixed addresses for each Long Range Thermal Imaging FLIR Camera and relate those addresses to physical locations and naming.  Sierra Pacific Innovations Corporation (SPI) works to fix the IP addresses of other devices inside and attached to the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ units; some devices that are chosen by customers are resistant to fixed addressing, but this is uncommon.

 

90.1.2  Default Addresses

 

The M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ unit typically has the following default IP addresses:

 

System Controller (ITS):  192.168.150.92

Servo Controller (Galil):   192.168.150.xx

Daylight Video Encoder:   192.168.150.50

IR Video Encoder:        192.168.150.52

HMG 828 Switch*:        192.168.16.1

 

90.1.3  Discovery Applications

 

There are several discovery applications available to the user for determination of the TCP/IP addresses used in the various devices:

 

M9-L System Controller:  M9-L Discovery Tool

Galil Servo Controller:  Galil Tools

Teradek Devices:  Bonjour, Teracentral

Axis Video Encoders:  Axis IPUtility

IP/Ethernet Video Encoders: IP/Ethernet Configuration Manager

iBoot Devices:  iBoot Setup

 

90.1.4  Connections

 

The standard M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ is only capable of ~50 MB/S connect speeds.  For reliable operation, connect the Ethernet cables at the downstream end of the Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ to a managed Ethernet switch and configure the ports connected to Ethernet 1, 2 and 4 (if equipped) to 10 MB/S, Half Duplex.  This is fast enough for all functions / all devices (including encoders) to operate reliably and with margin.  If left to auto negotiate, the downstream switch may arrive at 100 MB/S, but if the connections are left at this speed, packed loss / errors will occur.

 

Appendix 100: Acronyms

90.0  Acronym List

 

AF Autofocus
AGC Auto Gain Control
ALC Auto Level Control
ATW Auto White Balance
AZ Azimuth
B/W Black and White
BALUN BALanced UNbalanced
BNC Bayonet Neill-Concelman
C Compact Modular Gimbal
EL Elevation
EMCCD Electron Multiplied Charge Coupled Device
GA Gauge
GUI Graphical User Interface
HP High Performance
HT High Torque
A High Torque Xtreme
ICD Interface Control Document
IR Infrared
ISR Intelligence, Surveillance, Recon
Km Kilometers
LASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LRIB Long Range Interface Box
Mi Miles
NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NH M9-L
NUC Non Uniformity Correction
SA Static Axle
TCP / IP Terminal Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
VDC Volts Direct Current
LRTI Long Range Thermal Imager
EOIR  Electro Optical InfraRed
 PTZ Pan Tilt Zoom
 FLIR  Forward Looking InfraRed
 Gyro Stabilized  Stabilization of the image, anti vider jitter

 

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M9-L Pan Tilt Zoom PTZ Systems

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