Logging Important RS232 Data
- Do you need a low cost, reliable way to log RS232 serial port
- Looking for something small, portable, low power and light
weight to slip into your pocket and easy to use?
- Need to record binary, ASCII or a mixture in any message format
you want as standard with NO resolution or data formatting
- Would like to log from one or two pieces of equipment at
the same time, but don't want to use PCs or Laptops?
- Don't want to worry about losing data because the recorder
battery has run out?
- Need to just switch on and leave the equipment data logging for
several days at a time?
- Just want to push an 'On' button to do the lot instead of
running application software?
- Don't want to wait for your system to 'boot up' each time you
just want to log something?
- Want to initialise your equipment in the field but don't want
to bring a PC or Laptop with you?
Then the AntiLog range of solutions is the ideal way to record
your RS232 data without requiring a PC or laptop computer. In use
throughout the world, this simple to use, high performance data
logging solution simply plugs into your RS232 data source and
is ready to log data immediately.
AntiLog Key Features
- Available in boxed or OEM form factors.
- Very low power operation.
- High capacity storage capability (supports up to 1TByte).
- Easy to use so data collection can be performed by non-technical staff.
- High performance, e.g. full rate recording at 921,600 baud (AntiLogPro).
- Baud rates: 110 to 460,800 (921,600 for AntiLogPro) and user defined.
- Uses the most comprehensive terminal configuration menu system.
- No need for "config jumpers", "setting switches" or media config files.
- Can record and playback up to two independent channels simultaneously.
- GPS NMEA sentence filtering and sub sampling options for each channel.
- Powerful time stamping options, even for full eight bit binary data.
- Single or dual channel event recording.
- User output commands, equipment polling.
- Real time playback (even for dual channel output).
- Can simulate up to two independent GPS receiver outputs whilst recording.
- Wide power source operating range from 4.5V to 18V.
- Built in bootloader allows new embedded software upgrades via the internet.
All you need to get you started is a serial port Terminal
application to allow you to see and interact with the built in menu
system. Many free terminal applications are available, such as the
original Hyperterminal program supplied with Microsoft Windows
operating systems, or the AntiTermPro application from
Anticyclone Systems Ltd which has been specifically designed to
support all of the AntiLog product range and features.
For a more complete description of AntiLog's capabilities, please
take time to view the following product information sheet for the
current AntiLog embedded software release:-
See the upgrade release history for AntiLog products here.
User Friendly Operation
Simply push the 'On' button to start AntiLog recording your serial
port data. Hold the 'Off' button down to stop a data logging session
and switch the unit off. Simply switch on and off like this to
continue RS232 data logging as you require, data will be appended to
the store - it's as easy as that!
You hold the 'On' button down for more than a second to put the
unit in playback mode. In this mode, you can configure the system to
your needs. A menu system appears which you can view and operate
using any serial port terminal application. With this menu system you
define exactly how AntiLog handles data recording and playback. This
is how you set recording and playback serial port settings, recording
and playback modes (e.g. 'real time') and all other options.
While in playback mode, simply push the 'On' and 'Off' buttons as
many times as you want to start and stop data replay. You hold the
'Off' button down for more than a second to switch the unit off as
You are not restricted to playing back data at the same baud rate
it was recorded. You can also optionally embed recorded time tag
information in playback data streams. All settings are non-volatile
so you only have to set them once even if all sources of power are
There is no need to transport an enormous power source around with
you because instead of consuming hundreds of milliwatts or more of
power, AntiLog can record RS232 data happily for days on a single PP3
battery. As an example, AntiLog uses typically just 58mW (including
media power consumption) to record full rate continuous binary data at
9,600 baud and around 90mW at 115,200 baud.
All AntiLog units have the ability to dynamically reduce power
consumption based on baud rates in use (less than 115,200) and data
stream content. AntiLog units consume less power if no RS232 data is
being received or transmitted. This means AntiLog is ideal for
recording GPS NMEA receiver data which is generally transmitted at a
rate significantly less than 115,200 baud with gaps between
Single or Dual Channel Logging
For most data logging applications you will only need to record
RS232 data from a single equipment source (e.g. a GPS receiver).
However, the latest AntiLog V6.0 release offers menu options to log
and playback up to two RS232 data sources at the same time. It's just
like having two single channel AntiLogs in a single box. The RTS/CTS
lines on the AntiLog serial port connector become the second serial
port. You can configure each port for completely independent
operation (e.g. different baud rates, filtering, time stamping
options, etc). Each port supports it's own equipment polling and it's
response to button pushes during a recording session.
Not only is it possible to record from two channels simultaneously,
but you can play back two recorded sets of channel data at the same
time, even in real time. V6.0 also offers saving and retrieving of
complete sets of user options to a named store to allow almost instant
reconfiguration of your units for different trials applications. This
is particularly useful if you share a unit between applications as you
can recall a complete configuration using a single menu option.
If you record two channels of RS232 data using the one AntiLog
unit, the two data streams also share a common time stamping reference
which can be ideal for later data analysis.
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AntiLogPro is an advanced version of the original AntiLog
design available as a boxed or OEM module with dual channel
data recording as standard. It provides the following
- Very high performance. Full rate recording at 921,600 baud (one channel), 460,800 baud (two channels simultaneously).
- Fully configurable RS232 line management including individual line inversion and power saving options.
- Logging of digital logic line states (inputs protected to ±40V).
- Baud rates supported: 110 to 921,600 and user defined.
- Transfer settings from one unit to another simply by connecting them via a NULL modem cable and pressing the "On" button.
- Selectable "Ring Buffer" storage method which retains the most recent data.
- Assign any of the three (OEM) or two (boxed) hardware serial ports to the recording, playback and menu system functions.
- Onboard complete RTC backup solution including battery.
- Multi-unit support (OEM only)
- GPS navigation receiver simulated output option available (simulate up to two channels of GPS NMEA for user defined locations in real time).
- Hardware 1PPS synchronization output signal for precise timing applications (OEM only).
See the upgrade release history for AntiLog products here.
AntiLog vs AntiLogPro
The following table describes the main capability differences between the
AntiLog and AntiLogPro hardware design variants when running V6.0 of the embedded
| Capability || AntiLog || AntiLogPro
Number of hardware serial ports supported
|| 3 *
Maximum supported baud rate (each channel)
Maximum full rate single channel data logging (baud)
Maximum full rate dual channel data logging
(baud per channel)
Battery test voltage indicator (maximum)
Pins that can be used as logged digital inputs
|| 9 *
Bi-colour LED state indicators
User invertible RS232 lines (e.g. for direct CMOS
Selectable “ring buffer” storage method
One Pulse Per Second (1PPS) output time stamp reference
|| Y *
Transfer settings between units connected via
NULL modem cable
Dual channel simulated GPS receiver output
option (option 'G')
Multi-unit support using Auxiliary port
|| Y *
* Requires OEM version of the product to gain access to extra
pin header connections.
The fully boxed product comes ready to use. Use our OEM modules to
embed a high quality, single board, RS232 data logging solution into
your own product. The OEM modules are built to last in demanding
situations. They use robust surface mount construction and measure
only 50mm x 60mm. The AntiLog OEM module is functionally identical to
our boxed product but it allows direct access to the removable FLASH
media (socket mounted under the card) and allows direct access to CMOS
The OEM boards only require the addition of a power source, two
push to make switches ('On' and 'Off' buttons) and a bi-colour LED
(two for the AntiLogPro variant) to realise a complete RS232 data
logging solution. You can use the standard 2.54mm pitch, header to
interface directly to your application. The pin header for example,
allows direct connection with OEM equipment (e.g. OEM GPS receivers)
which require RS232 signal connections at CMOS levels.
For completely unattended use, we offer a Forced Power hardware
option (the 'P' option). With this option, you simply apply power to
start data logging and remove power to stop logging. Apply and remove
the power as much as you want to append data to the store. This
option is ideal in applications where user interaction is not
practical such as in vehicle installations, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAVs) or process control systems in hostile environments.
The Complete Data Logging Solution
All boxed versions of AntiLog come complete with all you need to
get you started. You get an RS232 NULL modem cable (to allow you to
connect AntiLog to a PC or equivalent to upload recorded data), a
printed manual, an Alkaline PP3 battery - and you even get a zip-up
If the equipment you wish to log data from has a serial port
connection designed to fit into a standard PC, simply plug this
instead into AntiLog and you are ready to record the output from the
equipment. You may even record more data from your equipment than you
did before with a PC RS232 data logging program because the standard
serial port on a PC will miss data every once in a while, especially
if a Microsoft Operating System is in use and the equipment baud rate
is above 19200.
All AntiLog units now come as standard with an embedded software
bootloader which means you can now receive software upgrades via the
There are various Option Packs available to further extend the
features in AntiLog.
Option 'P' - Forced Power
Starts logging data as soon as power is applied. Stops logging
when power removed. Available for OEM units only. Designed for
power sources in the range 9.5 to 18V (e.g. automotive)
Option 'M' - Government and Military GPS Receiver Extension
This option allows easy capture and replay of ICD-GPS-153,
ICD-GPS-150 and similar (ICD-GPS-15x) Government and Military data
The 'M' option provides the following capabilities for the
- Includes all standard functions available in AntiLog.
- ICD-GPS-150, ICD-GPS-153 (ICD-GPS-15x) data stream compatible.
- Message 'autoconnect' feature to automatically request up to 8 user defined message IDs.
- Automatically sends out acknowledgements in response to acknowledge requests.
- LED flash sequence in record mode to show when checksum validated messages are being received.
- Compatible with RS232 output from SPGR, PLGR, DAGR and similar GPS receivers.
- Selectable 'real time' playback of ICD-GPS-15x data.
- Selectable time tagging of all incoming IP messages to 1ms resolution.
- Button pushes (button events), digital inputs and supply voltage can be inserted into data stream as custom IP messages during a trial.
- User defined equipment commands can be issued by button pushes and/or at a user defined repeat period.
- Real time playback can make use of any time tags in the logged data.
- Playback can hide (raw playback) or expand the time stamps into the output stream.
- Time tagging and message events implemented as intelligently inserted custom IP messages.
As AntiLog can log two independent channels of data, you can for
example log two channels of time stamped ICD-GPS-153 data at the same
time with individual messaging requirements, or for example, one
channel of ICD-GPS-153 data and one channel of filtered NMEA (both
with or without time stamping enabled of course).
Option 'G' - GPS Simulated Receiver Output
Simulates up to two channels of GPS receiver data at user
defined fixed positions whilst logging data. Selectable NMEA
messages are transmitted during a recording session with the
current time and date embedded in the output message stream.
Option 'S' - Security Option
Allows a password to be set to prevent unauthorised access to
the menu system to alter configured settings.
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