STS Gold Controller
The STS Gold Controller powers-up the Remote Station for initial set up and testing. It collects, stores, and sends data from the remote dataloggers to the Home Station computer. The STS Gold Controller is attached to the Distribution Box at the labeled connection using the Controller cable provided.
Up to 8MB of data can be stored in the STS Gold Controller’s non-volatile memory, until a specified time when the Controller ‘sends’ the data to the Home Station, where all the accumulated data is uploaded. If there are cellular service disruptions, the STS Gold Controller will store all the data internally until it has been successfully uploaded to the Home Station computer.
The STS Gold Controller features a powerful 32-bit ARM processor, an LCD interface and a five-button keypad to simplify in-field setup and data monitoring. Firmware updates to the Controller can be uploaded from a laptop or desktop PC through the Distribution Box using the Modem Serial Cable.
Figure 5-5 STS Gold Controller Main Menu
Figure 5-5 shows the main menu of the STS Gold Controller. The top left icon indicates the signal strength of the modem, the battery indicator shows the strength remaining in the 12V battery, and the text in the bottom right corner describes the status of the STS Gold Controller.
Idle – indicates that the Controller is idle and waiting for initialization.
Init – shows that the Controller is going through the initialization process (initialization is discussed in Section 5.6).
Logging – indicates that the Controller is collecting data from dataloggers.
FUT. ST – indicates that the STS has been programmed with the future start option.
There are five menu items on the STS Gold Controller, which are scrolled through using the arrows on the keypad and selected using the chevron button as indicated on the screen:
Station Tests – verify the connection with the Home Station, view real-time readings from each of the attached dataloggers, and check the station’s battery voltage.
STS Gold Setup – used to setup the STS Gold Controller and Remote Station modem. You can change the contrast of the LCD screen and restore the original factory settings. You can view STS Information, including STS Firmware Version and available memory. You must also configure your modem at the Remote Station with the same Port Setup you enter when programming the modem. See Section 5.5.
Initialize Home Station – used to contact the Home Station and initialize the STS Gold System (this process is discussed in Section 5.6).
PC Diagnostic – used to perform a diagnostic test on the STS Gold Controller through the serial port, as well as firmware updates.
Modem Control – sed to turn the modem on or off.
See the STS Gold Remote Station Quick Start Guide, on the inside of the STS NEMA 4X enclosure, for a complete view of all menu items.