After all settings in the STS Gold Software are programmed, modems set up, and all connections are made at the Remote Station, the STS Gold Controller is used to “Initialize” the STS System. Initializing the system applies all of the settings programmed in the software, to the STS Controller and the attached dataloggers. If all the hardware components in the Remote Station and dataloggers are properly connected, the STS System will begin operation, and data collection starts at the programmed time.
Initialization Instructions are also located on the STS Gold Quick Start Guide on the inside of the STS NEMA 4x enclosure.
The system can be initialized in the office or in the field, whichever suits the application. Initialization can be performed more than once as required. The STS System can be initialized in the office for a quick check, and again when it is installed in the field. With each initialization, the Home Station time is synchronized with the Remote Station time of the STS Controller.
STS Administrator and Communication Agent Software must be running on the Home Station computer during the initialization process. The computer must not be in sleep mode.
- Once all physical connections are made in the STS Remote Station, the “ON” button of the STS Controller is pressed to power-up the Remote Station. The LED on the Distribution Box should blink green to indicate the Remote Station is configured properly, and the STS Controller main menu should appear.
- Use the ‘Modem Control’ option on the STS Controller to turn the modem off. Disconnect the battery from the Distribution Box. Wait a few seconds, then re-connect the battery. The LED on the Distribution Box should blink green again. Turn the STS Controller back on and use it to power up the modem. The green light on the modem should flash to indicate that it is working.
- At the Home Station, shut down, then restart the STS Administration Software and the STS Communication Agent. After the software has been restarted, the STS Administrator Screen should show the message “Waiting for Update” in the Site Status field.
- Before completing the initialization process, perform a station test to ensure the Home Station and Remote Station are communicating properly. Use the ‘Station Tests’ option on the STS Controller to ‘Test HS Connection’. If the test is successful, begin the initialization process.
You can also use the ‘Station Tests’ option on the STS Gold Controller to test the connection of each datalogger and the battery level of the remote station before initializing.
Figure 5-16 STS Communication Agent Showing a Successful Home Station Test
After you select “Initialize Home Station”, the STS Gold Controller may ask if you want to stop the dataloggers from recording, if you have previously set them to start logging. This is a precaution, as the internal battery will be used if the dataloggers are set to record independent of the STS System.
- The initialization process is started by simply selecting “Initialize Home Station” on the STS Gold Controller menu. STS Administrator and Communication Agent Software must be running on the Home Station computer during the initialization process, and the computer must not be in sleep mode.
- The initialization process should only take a few minutes. During the process the status of the STS Gold Controller will change from “Idle” to “Init”. If initialization is successful, a message will be given and the STS Controller status will change from “Init” to “Logging” or “FUT.ST”. The System will start collecting data at the specified time. Figure 5-17 shows a successful initialization process as it appears on the STS Communication Agent.
Figure 5-17 STS Communication Agent Showing a Successful Initialization
See the STS Gold Remote Station Quick Start Guide, on the inside of the STS NEMA 4X enclosure, for a complete view of the STS Gold Controller screens as it appears during the station test and initialization process.