Most Tau2 support documents can be found at the Documents
tab at the main Tau2 page:
- The Product Specification briefly discusses the Command and
Control interface at the bottom of page 12
- The Electrical Interface Description Document (EIDD)
provides details of the Tau2 physical interface
- The Software Interface Description Document (SWIDD)
provides the protocol and commands associated with the interface
There are four ways that a user can communicate with a FLIR Tau2
- The FLIR Camera Control GUI, which runs on a Windows-based
operating system. The GUI has also been demonstrated to work running
Windows installed on Intel-based Macs running Apple`s Boot Camp;
- Direct serial commands as specified in the Software IDD;
- Discrete I/O pins that allow up to 8 functions to be
assigned. Refer to the Tau2 Electrical IDD 102-PS242-41, paragraph
- A custom interface using FLIR`s Software Developer`s Kit
(SDK). The SDK is an accessory product intended for advanced users. The
SDK part number is 110-0142-16, and is priced at $995. The FLIR SDK
provides customers the capability to integrate software that can
communicate and perform camera functions.
There are two main components that comprise the SDK:
- The Windows Host SDK provides source code (C, C++), samples
(C++, C#, VB), and binaries (DLL`s) to aid customers in the development
of camera integration software in a Windows environment.
- The Embedded Host SDK provides low-level source code
written in C that allows the developer to integrate the SDK with the
FLIR camera on a non-Windows OS. Standard driver interfaces are
provided by the SDK source code, but the low-level drivers (e.g., UART)
need to be supplied by the developer.
The SDK is typically delivered directly to an internet (Box)
location from which the software can be immediately downloaded after
payment has been received by FLIR.