TCR-DLE GEN2 Quickstart
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This Quick Start Guide explains all the steps necessary to get the device up and running. Click on the images to enlarge them.
Further information like LoRaWAN® integration, payload decoding can be found in the TCR Users Manual.
Open the box and check the contents.
Live Radar Traffic Counter GEN2, 12V DC powered
External 868MHz Outdoor Antenna, N Type(M) Connector, l=243 mm
Connector Plug with screw terminals.
Optional parts when ordered together with the counter.
Bracket to mount the device to a pole or flat surface. The holder can be tilted. Mounting screws for the counter are included.
Material to attach the holder to a mast is not included.
Power Supply 12V, 40W, IP67
PSU12 may only be installed by a qualified electrician. There is a danger to life in the event of incorrect handling.
To achieve the most accurate measurement possible, planning the installation is essential.
Horizontal or Top Down?
The devices can be operated both directly next to the road or elevated and looking down from above. We recommend using a laser measuring tool or a laser pointer to align the device correctly.
The device works best when the following rules are observed.
LTR vs RTL
The TCR traffic counters distinguish between 2 directions.
objects which come from the right and disappear to the left. The left LED will pulse once in this case.
objects which come from the left and disappear to the right. The right LED will pulse once in this case.
Measure distance to lanes
In order for the device to determine the velocities, the distance to the object must be known. The distance can be determined with a tape measure or a laser distance meter. Measurements are taken from the middle of a track to the front of the device.
- RTLDist = Distance in cm to the RTL movement line.
- LTRDist = Distance in cm to the LTR movement line.
Connect USB cable
Open the service lid and connect a USB-to-Micro-USB cable Connect the other end to a Windows PCs USB-Port. The RTL LED should start to blink.
Configure using PPX
While the device is connected to the PC open ppx.parametric.ch to access the online configuration tool. Follow the instructions on the screen to establish a connection.
Set Distance to Lanes
Once connected open Radar-Settings and find Left To Right Lane Distance and Right To Left Lane Distance
- Enter LTRDist value you measured in #measure-distance-to-lanes) into the field LTRDist
- Enter RTLDist value you measure in #measure-distance-to-lanes) into the field RTLDist
- Press Save
Turn on autotune to allow the radar to adjust the sensitivity.
After entering LTRDist and RTLDist the sensitivity is automatically determined based on those values. The further the distance to the measurement, the higher the sensitivity.
Note: Small adjustments of sensitivity can be done manually. If the ratio (sensitivity vs. RTL/LTR) is not correct, the radar may incorrectly categorize the measured object.
Assemble M12 Plug
The scope of delivery includes an M12 cable round connector (TE T4112002081-000) with screw terminals. This is to be connected to a 12V power supply.
Please connect V- / V+ cables to Pin 1 and Pin 2. Use a screw driver #0 or #00 for this.
|0V DC (-)
5-12V DC (+)
Connect M12 Plug
The M12 connectors have a coding notch (A Coding).
Check the pins before plugging in
Rotate the plug so that the notch matches the pin in the socket
Carefully insert the plug by hand
Gently tighten knurled screw by hand
Plug in the M12 connector onto the M12 socket on the right side of your TCR. Tighten the ring by hand.
Carefully tighten the MT80-15 holder with the supplied screws. Use a 25 HEX screw driver for that.
Warning: Using longer screws could crack the enclosure.
Installing the Counter
If you mount the counter to a pole or mast use pipe clamps or metal straps of suitable length to secure MT80-15 bracket.
Live Data Monitoring
Go outside to your TCR, connect the USB cable and start live measurements on site. While the device is connected to the PC open ppx.parametric.ch to access the online configuration tool.
Last Detection gives you an insight to the last radar measurement. This is what the radar “sees”.
|Distance to Object||LTRDist and RTLDist setting|
|Object Size||the length of all radar reflexions seen|
|Object Speed||the lateral velocity|
|Signal quality||should be 100% when the object is in field of view and not too near|
Counters is a table with all Categories an left / right counter values. Values are updated regularely
Adjust your values
The main challenge with the TCR devices is to find a suitable Distance/Sensitivity Setting.
If the sensitivity is to high, the object might blur and therefore gets too big (Size value) If the distance is incorrect the size get too big too.
With Autotune enabled the Radar Sensitivity will be controlled automatically. It’s comparable to the automatic exposure setting at a photo camera.
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