Remote Station Setup Using GSM (CDMA) (Part# 108846)
STS Gold User Guide is available for download at: www.solinst.com/downloads/
Why Use Telemetry?
Telemetry provides an economical and efficient method to access remote data instantly, saving time and costs by eliminating manual data collection and time spent traveling. It provides two-way communication between field located data loggers and a Home Station computer. Added features such as alarm notification, remote diagnostic reporting and firmware updating make it easy to maintain your system, while simplifying data collection.
1) Assess the Site(s) to be Telemetered
Sample Rate is the frequency data is collected from the Leveloggers and Report Rate is how often the data is sent from the Remote Station to the Home Station. More frequent Report and Sample Rates will use up more power, therefore an extra power source may be required. See Section 6 in the STS Gold User Guide for information on power sources.
2) Decide on Datalogger Requirements
Specify the number of dataloggers required at each remote station (maximum quantity of 4 dataloggers per station)
- Select Levelogger ranges based on maximum expected water level fluctuations. (e.g. the F15/M5 Model can handle approximately 15 feet or 5 meters of change in water level, at its deployed depth)
- Select Barologgers (1 Barologger suggested for 30 km (20 mile) radius and 300 m (1000 ft) elevation difference between sites).
3) Order the Appropriate Hardware
- Telemetry System
- Includes: STS Controller, Distribution Box, Modem, Antenna, Connection Cables
- Up to 4 Solinst Leveloggers for each Remote Station
- Direct Read Cable and Reader Cable for each data logger
- 12V Battery - NOT supplied by Solinst. (12-30 AHr deep-cycle rechargeable sealed lead-acid recommended)
- STS Gold Software (free download on solinst.com)
- Optional Antenna
- Optional Solar Power Connection Assembly
- Optional Battery Charger Assembly
- Direct Read Communication Package (optional)
4) Contact Your Cellular Service Provider
For Cellular STS Systems, the Home Station requires a static IP address. If one is not already in place, please ask your IT department or Internet Service Provider (ISP) to arrange an address for the computer you will be using
Service plan information that you are required to give to the Cellular Service Provider:
Request Data Usage Service Plan for GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, or UMTS (modem can be provisioned to work on a CDMA network)
- Monthly data throughput of 4M bits per month maximum
- No voice access or voice features
- A dynamic IP address is required for each Remote Station
Billing Contact Person:
Modem information that you are required to give to the Cellular Service Provider:
Modem Description: Digi Connect WAN 3G IA (DC-WAN-U905, Verizon: DC-WAN-B205, Sprint: DC-WAN-B105)
Your Cellular Service Provider will give to you:
- Activated SIM card (GSM only)
- A dynamic IP address assigned to each Remote Station
- APN (Access Point Name), account type, user name, password
See Chapter 5 in the STS Gold Telemetry System User Guide for details regarding activation and configuration of modems.
5) Receive Your STS System
- Check to ensure you have all the components required
6) Set Up Your Home Station
- Download STS Gold Software on the Home Station Computer
- Ensure your Home Station Computer has been assigned a static IP address
- If the static IP is first connected to a router, the router must be accessed to allow for “port forwarding”
7) Use the Software to Program Your STS System
- Create new Remote Station set ups
- Program the Report and Sample Rates
- Program the Leveloggers
- Set up alarms (if necessary)
See Chapter 3 in the STS Gold Telemetry System User Guide for details on configuring your telemetry system using STS Gold Software.
8) Set Up Your Remote Station(s) in the Office
- It is recommended you set up your Remote Station(s) in the office and use the STS Controller to test the system, before installing in the field
See Chapter 5 in the STS Gold Telemetry System User Guide for full details on setting up your Remote Station Hardware.
9) Test the System in the Office
- Perform a Station Test and Initialize in the office, to ensure your system is working, before installing in the field.
Your Home Station computer must be on and not in sleep mode during the initialization process. See Chapter 5 in the STS Gold Telemetry System User Guide for initialization instructions.
10) Install Remote Station(s) in the Field
- See Chapter 6 in the STS Gold Telemetry System Guide for installation instructions
11) Test and Initialize in the Field
- See Chapter 5 in the STS Gold Telemetry System Guide for initialization instructions
12) Collect Your Data
- Your data will be stored on the Home Station computer and accessed using the STS Gold Software
- Levelogger data can be barometrically compensated using STS Software
- Data can be exported for use in Levelogger Software to perform other compensations, or it can be exported for use in other programs
See Chapter 7 in the STS Gold Telemetry System User Guide for details on accessing your data.