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|Device||Output type (Wire Colour)||Harness Definition Link||Firmware Version|
|Dart3-2G and Dart3-4G||
Switched Ground (Yellow) - 2A Max
Switched Power (Purple) - 3-5V 500mA Max
|12-way harness||All Versions|
|G120-2G and G120-4G||
2x Switched Ground (Green and Yellow) - 2A Max
Switched Power (Orange)
|24-Wire harness||All Versions|
|G70-2G and G70-4G||Switched Ground (Green) - 2A Max||10-core harness||All Versions|
|Hawk IoT Datalogger||The output type is specific to each specific Hawk card.||Card I/O Spec||Card I/O Spec|
Our devices offer 2 x different digital output options. These are:
- Switched Ground Output
- Most common and widely used for most applications
- Switched Power Out
- Can be used for some specialist applications
Switched Ground Outputs
Switched ground outputs provide a path to ground when 'on' (i.e. allow a path for current, closing the circuit) and are high impedance when off (breaking the circuit). This is an example of a low-side switch.
The function of the digital output can be set in system parameters. Functions include:
|None:||Output is not used.|
|Digital output:||Can be set to on or off from the server|
|Buzzer:||Control an external buzzer. This can be used to buzz Driver ID exceptions or over-speed violations.|
|Immobiliser:||Use output for Immobilisation.|
Setting the function dictates what controls the output. I.e. if we set the output up with the function as Immobiliser - the digital output will control an immobiliser if wired correctly.
If we set it up as a Buzzer - this output will pulse on/off when buzzing should happen (e.g. if no driver ID is scanned) -so that if it is connected to a buzzer we will hear the buzz.
The active level setting depends on the function. This can be used to invert the output. LED's and Buzzers should generally be Active High and Immobilisers Active Low.
Switched Power Out
When this output is ON, a voltage is supplied - it ranges from 3-12V depending on the device model. So, this could be connected to the positive terminal of such a peripheral.
Parameters are the same as for Switched Ground outputs. Set the function to determine what causes the output to turn on or off.
Remote Switching via the Server
Digital Outputs can be used for remote switching. e.g. to turn on or off a pump or lighting tower.
One example is how a vehicle can be immobilised by sending a command from the server - which is covered here Driver ID & Immobilisation Methods with Powered Devices. Telematics Guru has an 'immobilise' button, which causes a message to be sent down to the device to turn any outputs set up with the function "Immobiliser" on or off. This same message can be sent from a 3rd party server using the OEM WebAPI - contact DM support for documentation.
Any outputs set up with the function "Digital Output" can similarly be controlled by sending a different message to control outputs.
Remote Switching Latency
It is important to note that all of our devices (even hard-wired vehicle trackers) will sleep during periods of inactivity. For example, using the default tracking parameters for our powered devices; heartbeats happen hourly when the ignition is off while the asset is stationary. Between heartbeats, the device will sleep and the cellular modem will be off.
This means that a command sent down to the device will not be received until the next heartbeat, when the device next connects.
If we require low latency output switching, to improve upon this, we can set this parameter under the upload settings, available on hard-wired devices.
This will cause the device to attempt to remain connected to the network all the time. In practice, generally, the network will kill the connection after 5-10 minutes. So the device additionally needs to be set to upload often enough to keep the connection alive. This can be done by setting the heartbeat interval to a sufficiently short window (may require some experimenting)
This will allow commands to toggle outputs to be received by the device within 60 seconds in most cases. It should be noted that this functionality was not designed with live control applications in mind.