RoadTrend Quick-Start Installation & Configuration Guide
The following article describes how a typical installation of a RoadTrend devices is done in the field, and the typical configuration process of using Acyclica's web-based software, Acyclica Go.
Equipment & Setup Checklist
- RoadTrend Sensor
- A 5V 2A power source
- Antenna & antenna cable
- Ethernet cable (for network & device configuration)
- Mount the antenna, typically directly on top of the cabinet, per Figure 1.
NOTE: Depending on the purpose of your study, omni-direction or directional antennas may be preferred. Acyclica offers 12 & 9 dBi directional antennas, as well as 12, 9, & 3 dBi omni-directional antennas.
- Install the cabling. The RoadTrend has an RP-SMA male termination, so the cable will need an RP-SMA female termination on one end.
NOTE: Acyclica recommends either LMR200 or LMR400 cable, depending on the run length.
- Setup communications. Although the RoadTrend sensor does not need to communicate over a network in order to collect data, Acyclica highly recommends that communications are established. This will allow for real-time data posting and processing, safeguard against data loss, and provide a method for continuously monitoring the status of the devices.
For communications, the sensor must meet with the following requirements:
- Outbound access to communication to data.acyclica.com on ports 80 & 443.
- Access to a DNS (port 53) and an NTP service (port 123).
Connecting to a PC that is on the same subnet, 192.168.1.X, and network as the sensor will allow the user to access the sensor's web configuration interface.
- On the PC that is properly connected and configured, enter in the sensor's default IP address, 192.168.1.10, into a web browser (Chrome or Firefox are recommended).
- Enter the sensor's default password, temppwd, and press Enter.
- Expand the 'Network' tab below, set the appropriate network settings, and click Apply Changes.
- Verify Data Collection & Network Connectivity.
Once the sensor has been fully installed, it should be tested to ensure that it is colleting data and posting the data to Acyclica's servers for processing. This includes the following tests:
Testing Data Collection
After logging into the sensor's web configuration page, expand the 'Real-Time Data' tab and within 2-5 minutes, this section should begin to populate with new data records.
Testing Network Connectivity & Data Upload
The RoadTrend has network tests that can be run directly on the sensor. After logging into the sensor's web configuration pate, expand the 'Network' tab at the top, if it is not already expanded. To run the network tests, please do the following:
- At the top of the 'Network' tab, press the Run Network Tests button.
- There will be a new prompt window that appears, stating "Tests are running, please wait". Click the 'Ok' button.
- AFter a short wait, a prompt will appear stating what parts of the Network Tests passed or failed. If the network tests passed, the top of the prompt will read, "data.acyclica.com connection succeeded."
A secondary check, once the sensor is connected and properly configured, is to visit the following link in a web browser: https://go.acyclica.com/status/<Serial Number>, replacing <Serial Number> with the sensor's serial number, which can be found on the sensor's web configuration page.
NOTE: A user account for Acyclica Go must be created if that has not already been done.
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The RoadTrend configuration can easily be done using Acyclica's free web based software, Acyclica Go. Connect to https://go.acyclica.com and create a user account. Once connected to the web application, configure the sensor:
- Click on the device icon on the map, which will then turn blue, or search for the device using the Device Search bar on the top left corner of the map.
- Click on the expansion button next to the device name in the Device Information window to see the device details.
- Click on the Edit Name and Description button to change the name, short name, and/or description of the device; hit the Save buttonto apply these changes.
- Click on the Move Contents button to change a device's location, by setting the latitude & lognitude of the device.
- Select the devices at the location of that need to be moved, then hit the Move Contents button.
- Set the new location of the device by typing in the latitude & longitude coordinates, or by selecting a location on the map with your mouse.
NOTE: To quickly navigate to a position on the map, type the position into the 'Search the Map' textbox and hit the Focus button, zoom in on the map using the buttons in the upper right corner of the map, then click on the map with your mouse in the desired location.
- Hit the Set Location button.
Creating a Route
Once the devices are installed in the field and are configured in Acyclica Go, devices can then be linked together to make a route.
NOTE: Be sure to select the devices in the order that the route is traveled, since the segments of the route are created based on specific devices.
- Click on the Manage dropdown a the top of the Acyclica Go interface, and select Add Route.
- On the map, select the devices in the order that the route is traveled.
- Once all the devices are added, in the appropriate order, hit the Save button. Give the route a name, then hit the Save button.
Creating an OD Group
Once the devices are installed in the field and configured in Acyclica Go, devices can be linked together to create an Origin/Destination Group.
- Click on the Manage dropdown a the top of the Acyclica Go interface, and select Add O/D Group.
- Select the devices on the map that are part of the Origin/Destination Group, then hit the Save button.
- Give the Origin/Destination Group a name and hit the Save button.