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Digio Tutorial


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Version 1.10
10⁄10⁄05

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Introduction

The purpose of this tutorial is to provide hands-on instruction for using the USB Digital I⁄O Commander software.  This powerful tool can be configured for any number of applications including process control, robotics, automation, etc.  The intent of this tutorial is to provide instruction on how to configure the software and tailor it to suit your specific application.  It describes a real-world example, namely, a USB security system, featuring PIR motion sensor and USBmicro U401 interface.

BV300 motion detector and USB interface board

The USB Digital I⁄O Commander, herein referred to as simply "Digio", provides a powerful means of interfacing your computer to external devices via digital I⁄O signals.  Compatible with desktop and laptop systems, Digio allows a Windows PC to set digital outputs and⁄or read digital inputs.   You can use Digio as a means of controlling external devices.

While Digio can perform simple "set" and "get" operations, its real strength lies is its ability to define notification action(s) when input signals, also referred to as "trigger signals", change state.  You'll find Digio an important tool for use in a variety of applications including industrial control, hardware design, and prototyping.

Digio uses a USB I⁄O interface module that connects to an available USB port on your computer.  The module provides 16 I⁄O signals configurable in any combination of inputs and outputs.  The system is easily expanded by simply adding more USB modules.

Becoming familiar with a new tool can sometimes be a daunting task.  Many times a real-world example provides the insight needed to gain confidence and understanding.    This tutorial describes how to use Digio to configure a real-world USB security system consisting of PIR motion sensor, 10 door⁄window sensors, horn⁄siren relay, and USB interface (U4x1). (For details on purchasing a USB security system plus Digio software, refer to the USB Motion Detector at the Kadtronix website.)   For details on Digio software including system requirements,  installation, and descriptions, you can view the Digio User Manual online.

Wiring and Hookup

The following diagram shows the USB security schematic including motion detector, door⁄window sensors, and U4x1 interface.  Also included is a reed relay for horn⁄siren activation.

The following image shows how to wire a standard PIR motion detector.  An external source is required for powering the detector.

Start Digio Software

Before beginning, you should plug your U4x1 device into an available USB port on your computer.  If all ports are occupied, you should obtain a USB hub which will expand the number of available ports.  Now, activate the Digio program by selecting:

         Start Menu -> Programs -> USB Digital I⁄O Commander for LAN

When the program begins, the main display dialog appears as shown below:

On first-time start-up, you will be asked to register your software.  Fill in the requested fields and click "Send" to submit your registration data.

Your software may require a license key for activation.  If so, a key will be provided to you via e-mail after purchase.  The license key is an encoded string consisting of a series of alpha-numeric characters.  When you receive the license key, select the following main menu item:

         Tools -> Enter License Key...

Enter the encoded key string in the "Enter key:" field as shown in the example below.  Then, click "OK" to accept the new key and enable the application.

Adjust System Properties

For proper operation of  the security system application, you will need to make some settings adjustments within the properties page.  To open the properties page, make the following menu selection:

         Tools -> Properties

Make the settings adjustments as shown below:

Of particular importance are the notification delay settings shown below.  Be sure to activate the "No Re-Trigger" check-box.   This will ensure that alarms do not re-trigger falsely.

If you plan to use the automatic e-mail feature, you must configure e-mail properties.  Click the E-mail "Properties" button located at the bottom left section of the page.  The following dialog image will be shown:

The following parameters are required for email notifications:

         1. Your email address (e.g., jimmy@att.net)

         2. Outgoing (SMTP) mail server (e.g., mailhost.worldnet.att.net)

The program is compatible with systems where e-mail is implemented on networked servers.  In this instance, simply enter the server name in the "Outgoing Mail Server" field.

Specify the following parameters only if SMTP authentication is required:

         1. SMTP user name

         2. SMTP password

Click the "OK" button to save your e-mail settings and return to the global properties page.  The bottom ritght section of the page provides a field for supplying a network port number.  This value is needed to allow remote machines to connect to your computer for monitoring purposes.  (This field is required only if you have purchased the multi-user LAN product.)

Now that you have completed the properties settings, close the dialog by clicking "OK".

Configure I⁄O Signals

It's time to configure your I⁄O signals.  This step is required for defining which of the U4x1 signals are inputs and which are outputs.  There are 16 total signals provided by the U4x1, each individually configurable.  Your USB security system will use 12 signals in all: 1 output plus 11 inputs.   To configure the device, make the following menu selection:

         Tools -> I⁄O Control...

Use the "Device" combo-box to select the device as shown.  Digio can accommodate multiple U4x1 devices, but our security system application uses only 1 device and it will be designated  DEV_00.  Additional USB devices would be designated DEV_01, DEV_02, etc.  You should establish directions (input⁄output), states (high⁄low), and label descriptions as shown.  (Note:  It is not necessary to set the high⁄low state on inputs since they will be determined by the software automatically.)

Also enter default notification delay values as shown. Notification delays are used to prevent an overload of notifications on very active inputs.   The "Default" column defines the beginning countdown value when a trigger event occurs.   For instance, a value of 30 indicates that a minimum delay of 30 seconds is required between successive alarm trigger notifications.

After completing the fields, click "OK" to save your selections, exit the dialog, and return to the main display.  It should now contain a summary of your recent settings changes as shown below:

Define Events

Now that you have configured the inputs and outputs, you can create events and attach them to your signals.  These event associations define alarm ("trigger") conditions and the action(s) to perform.  You can also think of these actions as notifications.  To define notifications, select the following menu item:

         Tools -> Attach Events...

You will notice that most of the fields have been grayed (disabled).  This is because the selected signal ("00") is configured as an output for horn⁄siren activation.  Since events are defined for inputs only, you will bypass this signal and go to signal "01" instead.  To do this, left-click the mouse on the "Signal" combo-box and select "01" as shown below:

The following display will be shown whose contents represent the PIR motion detector:

First, ensure that the defined bit length is "1" as shown in the image below:

Next, locate the region titled "Single-Bit Trigger" and select "HIGH" as shown below.  This assumes the normal pre-trigger state is LOW and that detected motion will cause the signal to become HIGH.

Since you will not be using SPI triggers or Time⁄Day triggers, you should keep them disabled.  It's now time to define some notifications.  Remember that these are the actions to take when the PIR motion detector "triggers", i.e., detects movement.  There are 8 possible notification types. You will define four actions to perform:  display a message on the monitor, send an e-mail message, set a signal output, and play a sound file.  Left-click each check-box to enable the four events as shown below:

You will notice two rows of buttons to the right labeled "Select..." and "Preview".  Use the select buttons to define events and the preview buttons to test them.

Now, left-click the first (upper) "Select..." button associated with the "Display Msg" selection.   Enter the message text, "Motion detected in front lobby" as shown.  This text message will be displayed on your computer's monitor when the event occurs.  Use "Auto" to automatically extinguish the message after the specified number of seconds.  Click "OK" to save the selections, close the dialog, and return to the previous page.

Left-click the "Select..." button associated with the "Send E-mail" selection.  This allows you to designate an e-mail message to occur in response to an event.  Choose the desired e-mail recipient(s), message subject, and body.  If you have not already done so, be sure to specify e-mail properties using the "Properties..." button.  Click "Send" to send a test e-mail message.  Click "Close..." to save the selections, close the dialog, and return to the previous page.

Next, left-click the"Select..." button associated with the "Set Output" selection.   This will allow you to activate the horn⁄siren relay in response to detected motion.  Make the selections as shown, being sure to choose output signal "00".  Also check the "Enable Toggle" box and specify a time delay.  This will cause the siren to automatically deactivate after the defined time period.  Click "OK." to save the selections, close the dialog, and return to the previous page.

Now, left-click the "Select..." button associated with the "Play Wav" selection.   A file browser dialog will appear, allowing you to choose the desired sound file.  This file will be played when the alarm event occurs.  Click "Open" to save the selection, close the dialog, and return to the previous page.  Use the "Preview" button to play the selected sound file.

Now that you have defined the four alarm notifications for signal "01", your events page should resemble the following:

Next, define event associations for the remaining inputs:  02 through 11.  Follow the same procedures as described above, beginning with input signal selection as shown below:

Since signal 02 corresponds to the "Front Entrance", you should define messages that appropriately describe this input.  You have the flexibility to define any subset of the 8 available notification types.  If you choose to remove or disable a notification, simply left-click the box to remove its check-mark.

Test

You're now ready to perform a test.  Before starting, close the Digio application, being careful to save your program settings.  Next, plug the U4x1 device into an available USB port on your computer.  Apply power to the motion detector and then start the Digio software once again.  You should see a status message near the bottom left segment of the Digio display that reads, "1 U4x1 device(s)!", indicating the U401 was found.

There is a small red indicator light on the front of the detector unit that illuminates when movement is detected.  While viewing your computer's monitor, walk in front of the detector or have an assistant do so.  You should notice a pop-up message on your monitor as shown below:

If you configured this message as suggested earlier in the tutorial, it will be shown for several seconds and then automatically extinguish.  If you have designated audio (.wav sound) and⁄or e-mail notifications, make sure they also trigger.  If they do not, check the Digio configuration to determine if they are properly defined and enabled.  Test the horn⁄siren relay with a multi-meter.  Attach leads to the unsoldered contact connections and check for continuity.   The relay will be activated for 20 seconds before deactivating automatically.

Appendix I:  USB I⁄O Module

The USB I⁄O Module provides the interface between your external hardware and the PC.  Made by USBmicro, this module provides 16 signal lines, configurable in any combination of inputs and outputs.

Appendix II:  Virtual LED Panels

Virtual LED panels provide easy viewing of digital input and output signal states in a color-coded display.  A single panel of 16 LEDs exists for each active device.  To view the panel(s), click the LED check-box in the upper right section of the main display:  To extinguish the panels, click again to clear the check-box.  All panel(s) will be removed.

There will be one panel for each active USB device that has been plugged into your PC and recognized by Digio. The following picture shows a typical LED panel:

Appendix III:  Legal (Kadtronix)

KADTRONIX, INC. DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES RELATING TO THIS PRODUCT, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED. NEITHER KADTRONIX, INC. NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THIS PRODUCT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE SUCH PRODUCT EVEN IF KADTRONIX, INC. HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR CLAIMS. IN NO EVENT SHALL KADTRONIX, INC.'S LIABILITY FOR ANY SUCH DAMAGES EVER EXCEED THE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE CLAIM. THE PERSON USING THE PRODUCT BEARS ALL RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT.


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