FAQ’s & Information

We have put together our frequently asked questions and some additional information. We have tried to provide you with as much information as possible but if you need to know anything else just get in touch, we will be happy to help with any additional queries you may have.

General FAQ’s

Yes this is possible with Kestrel Workbench software, individual Signs can be tagged on a map. Site names can be created and any data downloaded for individual devices at various locations can be grouped within the report creation tools provided. i.e. single site data report or multi-site data report.

Both Google maps and Open street maps can be used depending on the accessibility to the internet.

Kestrel Workbench is a powerful software suite designed for both configuration, control and report creation for K2 series products. It can be used to generate PDF report files and can create tabulated data as well as graphical charts. It also has capability to export to Excel (as long as excel is installed on the computer) which allows the raw data & charts to be used in documents and presentations.
You will need a conversion interface that sits between the Kestrel LED driver and the message sign that you have. We can supply such a product for up to 6 outputs. You can also create one yourself – please contact our technical department who will be happy to supply you with details on how implement this simple conversion.
The K2 Radar allows operation between 6V to 17V, virtually any battery technology can be used. For voltages that exceed this we have a 24V to 12V conversion product which will allow connection to 24V battery or 24VDC supply rail. Please contact the sales team for information on this product.
Yes, for the K2 Pico Radar we can supply a variety of communications interfaces. These include GPRS modem, Bluetooth, ZigBee and even a GPS module for tracking. All modules in the family are designed for optimum power consumption ideal for battery powered system.
The K2 series Radar products are targeted for the global market and this encompasses the USA market. Our products exceed the requirements for both EU and FCC marking, however not all radar antenna products and not all communications devices are suitable for the USA due to regional restrictions. Please check the data sheet for individual products and our conformance guide documentation.
Yes, we are often asked to modify functionality for specific projects although this is more complex for the K1 series products than the new FlexAR Family of products which have been designed specifically for re-configurability.

The K2 Pico Radar is a completely flexible platform and fully integrated with our Kestrel Workbench software, this all new front end software platform allows the user to effectively define the functionality of the devices in a system.

It not only allows the user to control specific trigger conditions but can also be used to initiate communications functions when a specific event occurs. The process is controlled through a scripting language, the scripts functionality can be fully tested within the Kestrel Workbench using our simulator. The script can then be loaded directly to the connected radar and it will perform in exactly the same manner as it did in the simulator.

Kestrel Radar Sensors provides a comprehensive tool called Kestrel Workbench and this allows every aspect of the system to be controlled from a single environment, whether you require to simply change an operational parameter or completely rewrite how the product functions this can be carried out within this single tool.
Kestrel Radar Sensors believes that having complete control over design and manufacture is the only way to ensure that we deliver the best quality of product to the end customer.

We keep full control over all aspects of hardware design, software development to part procurement through to final production and test. We have invested heavily with in-house manufacturing and have the very latest generation of state of the art Surface Mount Manufacturing facilities. See our website for details.

Yes we can and we are happy to produce LED signs that are fully compatible with our products. We offer our customers a bespoke service to provide whatever level of solution they require.
We supply our devices at the most competitive prices and we also try and ensure that they give higher levels of performance than any other radar on the market. We are happy to discuss individual customer requirements for single drop purchases or long term supply requirements.
The standard LED string should be +Supply through a current limiting resistor to the Anode of the LED string and the Cathode of the last LED connected to the LED driver output. The LED drive outputs are all open Drain MOSFET’s. This is true for the Segment drivers as well as the Auxiliary sign driver outputs. Please feel free to contact our technical team, we are more than happy to offer any advice we can.
Yes this is possible. The K2 Pico LED driver for example can drive 2+1/2 digit 7 segment digits with the option for up to 4 additional auxiliary LED boards. This is in addition to the 4 PWM LED drive outputs on the K2 Pico Radar which are supplied as standard. For full details check the individual product data sheets.
In general the answer is yes! We can supply a number of outputs to trigger your signage application. We can provide 4 Open Drain MOSFET channels from the K2 Pico radar products that can be used to signal external equipment when a specific trigger speed has been reached or we can provide RS232 serial communications with the speed information sent over to your LED drive electronics. If you require details advice please call our technical team for further information.
No. We supply components for integration in OEM products, it is the OEM’s responsibility to box the final product.

Our K2 series is available in a plug and play kit (radar+sign) which makes it even easier for OEM’s to integrate as it provides a cable free solution.

Yes! All our radars detect both speed and direction of the target.

K2 FlexAR Products FAQ’s

We took the decision to shrink the form factor of the K2, this means that it is not mechanically compatible with the K1 series radars, however, it has a much more compact footprint which is much more convenient for customers to integrate into their products.

Yes, absolutely. We took the design decision to switch to a virtual machine system because we were always tweaking the firmware and modifying operational modes to suit specific customer requirements. As time went on, this task became more difficult to do and to maintain as the number of modes increased and the complexity got higher.

We have made the task of providing these custom modes easier for ourselves by abstracting it and allowing the “detection application” to be separate to everything else that the radar has to do. We can provide modes quickly and easily without needing firmware changes and without fear of breaking any existing modes of operation and it allows either us or the OEM to define how the radar will operate.

Firstly, you need to check if you absolutely need this extra board any more. The virtual machine on the radar may mean that you can put the logic that was contained in this extra board directly onto the radar itself, not only will you reduce your costs but you will save power by not having additional electronics.

If you still decide that you need your external board, the radar has 4 onboard outputs which can be PWM modulated in addition to a serial port which can be controlled by the virtual machine. Either of these can be used to interface to your electronics.