Nortek Signature Series Sensor Configuration


Nortek’s Signature Deployment software must be used to configure a Signature Series sensor for use with an X2 Data Logger.

Configure Deployment Template

  1. Download and install the Signature Deployment software from Nortek.

Launch the Signature Deployment software.

 

  1. Connect the Nortek-supplied instrument Ethernet communications cable to a network switch on the PC (or to any available switch on the shared local network) and supply power through the barrel power connector splitter.

 

  1. Navigate to Communication|Connect to Instrument.

Network discovery of Signature instrument.

 

Instrument found.

 

 

  1. Left click to highlight the Signature and then select Connect.

Connect to Signature instrument.

 

 

  1. Navigate to Planning|New Deployment to configure the Signature settings.

Deployment Settings.

 

 

  1. Run through the (5) configuration steps of the Deployment Wizard to configure the sensor for the desired conditions.

Deployment Wizard 1- Select the Signature instrument type.

 

Deployment Wizard 2- Select the Single Average Plan.

 

Deployment Wizard 3- Select the appropriate deployment and mounting settings.

 

Deployment Wizard 4- enable serial output of the instrument telemetry file.

 

Deployment Wizard 5- name/save deployment configuration file and apply to Signature instrument.

 

  1. Save the configuration template, as desired, then click Deploy….

 

  1. A menu will appear with a summary of the configuration settings. Make sure the baud rate is set to 9600 and select Deploy a second time.

Deploy settings review.

 

Accept the prompt that no batteries are installed. The X2 logger will supply full external cable power to the Signature instrument during deployment.

 

Deployment settings are being applied.

 

Successful Deployment.

 

 

Access Instrument Terminal

Certain configuration settings required to interface the Signature with the X2 may not be properly translated through the deployment file. Double-check the telemetry and cell configuration deployment settings through the Signature instrument terminal and make changes where required.

  1. Navigate to Communication|Connect to instrument in the Signature Deployment software and acknowledge the break to remove the sensor from its deployment.
  2. Go to Communication|Terminal Window

 

Confirm Telemetry File Settings

  1. Send the gettmavg command and check the instrument response to confirm the current telemetry file settings.

Instrument response to gettmavg command.

 

 

  1. Verify the telemetry settings returned match those values below. Orange settings must have the listed values. Those in Green can vary depending on the user’s desired measurement setup.
    1. EN=1, indicates data output is enabled.
    2. TV=1, indicating velocity values for each deployment cell are enabled.
    3. TA=0, indicating amplitude values for each deployment cell are turned off.
    4. TC=0, indicating correlation values for each deployment cell are turned off.
    5. FO=1, indicates the file output is enabled.
    6. SO=0, indicates that serial output is disabled.
    7. DF=3, indicates that binary data output is enabled.

 

 

  1. If any portion of the telemetry file configuration requires a change, send the settmavg command followed by the parameter indicator and new status.
      1. For example, to set TA=1, the command settmavg,TA=1 would be sent.

        Setting the TA value equal to 1.

     

      1. Note that multiple command changes can be sent in a single line provided each value is separated by a comma and no space.

Example showing the average interval, TA, TC, and DF values being changed simultaneously.

 

Confirm Cell Measurement Settings

  1. Send the getavg command and check the instrument response to confirm the current cell measurement settings.

Instrument response to the ‘getavg’ command indicating the number and structure of measurement cells.

 

  1. Verify that the settings, particularly the ones below, align with the desired values configured from the deployment template.
    1. NC=x, indicates the # measurement cells the Signature instrument will monitor.
    2. NB=x, indicates the #measurement beams used by the instrument to monitor each cell.
    3. CS=x, indicates the length (in meters) of each measurement cell.
    4. AI=x, indicates the averaging interval for each reading (in seconds).
    5. ALTISTART=x, indicates the distance (relative to the sensor head) at which the 1st measurement cell begins.
    6. ALTIEND=x, indicates the distance (relative to the sensor head) at which the final measurement cell ends.

 

  1. Note that the X2 can support a maximum of 160 parameters from the Signature.
    1. The number of active parameters can be determined using the formula (NC*NB*(TA+TC+TV))<160
      • NC represents the #cells, returned by the getavg command.
      • NB displays the #measurement beams used, returned by the getavg command.
      • TA is the cell amplitude flag (0-disabled, 1-enabled) returned from the gettmavg command.
      • TC is the cell correlation flag returned from the gettmavg command.
      • TV is the cell velocity flag returned from the gettmavg command.
    2. For example, a deployment with the following settings would have the maximum number of allowed parameters
      • NC=40
      • NB=4
      • TA=0
      • TC=0
      • TV=1
        • Calculation- (40 cells*4 beams*(0+0+1 velocity flag))=160 parameters

 

Save Configuration Changes and Redeploy

Once the deployment settings are verified to be correct, and the maximum number of Signature parameters for the X2 is not exceeded, save all settings.

  1. Send save,all command in the terminal.

Save any settings changes that are made before disconnecting from the terminal.

 

  1. Send the DEPLOY command to put the instrument into Deployment mode.
    1. Refer to section 5.22 DEPLOY in the Nortek Signature Integration Guide for information on the key difference between the START and DEPLOY command.

 

  1. Close out of the terminal and the Signature Deployment software and disconnect the instrument from the AC power adapter and Ethernet cable.

 

  1. Connect the Signature to the X2 through a serial cable and power up the logger to begin sensor detection/data collection.

 

Using a Third Party Terminal Emulator

If unable to access the Nortek software, configuration settings required to interface the Signature with the X2 may be adjusted through a third party terminal emulator such as TeraTerm. Double-check the telemetry and cell configuration deployment settings through the third party terminal emulator and make changes where required.

 

  1. Connect the 8-pin MCIL plug of the Nortek Signature Series serial communication cable to the receptacle labeled Serial at the bottom of the instrument and connect the DB9 serial connector to a PC.

Nortek Signature Series Serial Communication Cable

 

  1. Open the third party terminal emulator software, and ensure to input the correct Serial Port Setup.
    1. COM Port: Use PC device manager to choose the correct COM port connected to the instrument.
    2. Baud Rate: Default is 9600; however, the baud rate may have changed on the user device.
    3. Data: 8 bit
    4. Parity: none
    5. Stop bits: 1 bit
    6. Flow control: none

Serial port setup

 

  1. Use an AC power adapter to provide 24V power to the barrel connector on the communication cable.

 

  1. The following message should appear within the terminal emulator.

Bootloader message

 

 

Set Telemetry File Settings

Note: Depending on the third party terminal emulator, the user inserted commands may not display in the interface. An error message will appear after the user clicks enter if the inserted command is entered incorrectly. If the command is entered correctly, output should display in the emulator similar to the images at each step in the process below.

 

 

  1. Send the gettmavg command, click enter, and check the instrument response to confirm the current telemetry file settings.
ArgumentENCDPDAVGTVTATCCYFOSODFDISTILTTPGMAPBINS
Example Output Below0110111“ENU”10100001

 

 

Example gettmavg output: Matches output table above

 

 

  1. Verify the telemetry settings returned match those values below. Orange settings must have the listed values. Those in Green can vary depending on the user’s desired measurement setup.
    1. EN=1, indicates data output is enabled.
    2. TV=1, indicating velocity values for each deployment cell are enabled.
    3. TA=0, indicating amplitude values for each deployment cell are turned off.
    4. TC=0, indicating correlation values for each deployment cell are turned off.
    5. FO=1, indicates the file output is enabled.
    6. SO=0, indicates that serial output is disabled.
    7. DF=3, indicates that binary data output is enabled.

 

 

  1. If any portion of the telemetry file configuration requires a change, send the settmavg command followed by the parameter indicator and new status.
      1. For example, to set EN=1, the command settmavg,EN=1 would be sent.

Set Enable Averaging Mode Telemetry by inputting: settmavg,EN=1

 

      1. Note that multiple command changes can be sent in a single line provided each value is separated by a comma and no space.
        • Example below: Sent the following command to match the telemetry settings in step 2 of Set Telemetry File Settings.
          • settmavg,TA=0,TC=0,DF=3

 

Updated getmmavg after sending the following command: settmavg,TA=0,TC=0,DF=3

 

 

Set Cell Measurement Settings

  1. Send the getavg command and check the instrument response to confirm the current cell measurement settings.
ArgumentNCCSBDCYPLAIVPVRDFNPINGNBCHMUXBWALTIBTICEALTISTARTALTIENDRAWALTI
Example Output Below600.500.10“BEAM”0.0600.0002.50360400“BROAD”0000.1030.000

 

 

Example getavg output: Matches table above

 

  1. Verify that the settings, particularly the ones below, align with the desired values configured from the deployment template.
    1. NC=x, indicates the # measurement cells the Signature instrument will monitor.
    2. NB=x, indicates the #measurement beams used by the instrument to monitor each cell.
    3. CS=x, indicates the length (in meters) of each measurement cell.
    4. AI=x, indicates the averaging interval for each reading (in seconds).
    5. ALTISTART=x, indicates the distance (relative to the sensor head) at which the 1st measurement cell begins.
    6. ALTIEND=x, indicates the distance (relative to the sensor head) at which the final measurement cell ends.

 

  1. If any portion of the measurement settings require a change, send the setavg command followed by the parameter indicator and new status.
      1. For example, to set NC=4, the command setavg,NC=4 would be sent.

 

Set Number of Cells to 4 by inputting: setavg,NC=4

 

      1. Note that multiple command changes can be sent in a single line provided each value is separated by a comma and no space.
        • Example below: Sent the following command to change the Cell Size (CS) to 4m, Blanking Distance (BD) to 3.5m, and Altimeter end of measurement distance (ALTIEND) to 25.00m.
          • setavg,CS=4,BD=3.5,ALTIEND=25.00

 

Updated getavg output after sending the following command: setavg,CS=4,BD=3.5,ALTIEND=25.00

 

  1. Note that the X2 can support a maximum of 160 parameters from the Signature.
    1. The number of active parameters can be determined using the formula (NC*NB*(TA+TC+TV))<160
      • NC represents the #cells, returned by the getavg command.
      • NB displays the #measurement beams used, returned by the getavg command.
      • TA is the cell amplitude flag (0-disabled, 1-enabled) returned from the gettmavg command.
      • TC is the cell correlation flag returned from the gettmavg command.
      • TV is the cell velocity flag returned from the gettmavg command.
    2. For example, a deployment with the following settings would have the maximum number of allowed parameters
      • NC=40
      • NB=4
      • TA=0
      • TC=0
      • TV=1
        • Calculation- (40 cells*4 beams*(0+0+1 velocity flag))=160 parameters

 

Save Configuration Changes and Deploy

Once the deployment settings are verified to be correct, and the maximum number of Signature parameters for the X2 is not exceeded, save all settings.

  1. Send save,all command in the terminal.
    1. An “OK” message should be received.
  1. Send the DEPLOY command to put the instrument into Deployment mode.
    1. An “OK” message should be received.
    2. Refer to section 5.22 DEPLOY in the Nortek Signature Integration Guide for information on the key difference between the START and DEPLOY command.
  1. Close out of the terminal and the Signature Deployment software and disconnect the instrument from the AC power adapter and serial cable.

 

  1. Connect the Signature to the X2 through a serial cable and power up the logger to begin sensor detection/data collection.

 

Returning to Command Mode

If further changes are necessary in the future, the user will need to return the instrument to Command Mode to make changes.

 

  1. In the terminal, input the following break command K1W%!Q and click enter. Wait for one minute until beginning the next step.

 

  1. Hit enter on your keyboard. The terminal should output CONFIRM OK.

Break output

 

  1. Once this occurs, type MC into the terminal and click enter to begin Command Mode.
    1. The bootloader message should appear.

 

Bootloader message

 

  1. Follow the previous sections of this guide to make changes to the internal settings, save the settings, and then put the sensor back into deployment mode.