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SystemFlow Software
 Software for Talon Recording Systems
Hardware Configuration Interface
Key SystemFlow Features
Recorder Interface
Signal Viewer
SystemFlow Demo Simulator
SystemFlow Software

SystemFlow® is the software interface that is integrated into every Talon® recorder. The software includes the graphical user interface (GUI) that is used to control the recorder, signal analysis tools and an API that allows users to integrate the Talon recorder into a larger system.

The SystemFlow GUI provides intuitive configuration screens for simple setup of the system hardware and allows users to store their settings as profiles. An integrated signal viewer provides a virtual oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and waterfall display to allow for analysis of signals prior to, during and after recording.

SystemFlow is only available as an integrated component of Pentek’s Talon Recording Systems. It is not available as a standalone product.

SystemFlow Software

Key SystemFlow Features

  • SystemFlow GUI: SystemFlow features a Graphical User Interface that provides a simple means to configure and control the Talon Recording System.
  • SystemFlow Signal Viewer: SystemFlow includes signal viewing and analysis tools that allow the user to monitor signals prior to, during, and after a recording session. These tools include a virtual oscilloscope, a virtual spectrum analyzer, a spectrogram display and a display of signal measurements.
  • Client/Server Communication: The SystemFlow Client/Server architecture allows the recording software server to communicate with the client user interface through a standard socket connection. This allows users the ability to control the Talon Recorder from a remote PC over Ethernet.
  • SystemFlow API: The SystemFlow API (Application Programming Interface) allows users to develop a custom user interface to control the Talon Recorder. Source code is supplied for all client API functions.
  • NTFS File System: Talon Recorders use the Windows native NTFS file management system. This allows immediate access to recorded data, eliminating time-consuming data conversion processes required with proprietary file management systems. It also allows immediate access to the recorded data by third party analysis software like Matlab.
  • Auto File Naming: System operators can select an auto-file naming facility to simplify setup. Files are named intuitively based on date, time-of-day and channel information.
  • One-Click Profiles: System operators can save an unlimited number of unique system configurations and then retrieve any configuration with a single click, minimizing mistakes made by field operators.
  • Auto-Initiated Recording: The Talon Recorder can be setup to automatically start a recording at a specified time and date. Coupled with a GPS receiver that supplies a 1 PPS pulse, the system can automatically start a recording at a very precise GPS-locked time.
  • Segmented Recording: A segmented recording option allows large recordings to be broken up into smaller, manageable files. Operators can select their desired segment size.
  • GPS Time and Position Stamping: Talon Recorders offer an optional GPS time and position stamping facility. By locking the system to the U.S Global Positioning System, recordings can be precisely time-stamped. Optionally, GPS position information can be recorded to the file header as well.
  • GPS Position Tracking: An option to periodically track the GPS position of the system during a recording is available to users that are recording signals while in motion. This is particularly useful during flight missions, where RF signals are acquired during flight. Latitude, Longitude and Altitude coordinates are recorded and time stamped periodically.
  • Pulsed Radar Recording: Some Talon Recorders offer the ability to record pulsed signals, allowing the system to record only when a gate is open. The Talon Recorder creates a metadata packet file that is recorded along with the pulse train. Each metadata packet provides information about the corresponding pulse, including the pulse number, time stamp, and pulse width. This metadata packet stream can be used to reconstruct the pulse train with the exact timing in which it was recorded. This is useful for radar systems, where the user only wants to capture the signal during the range gate.
  • Data Extraction Utility: The SystemFlow File Viewer provides a signal analysis tool for analyzing a recorded data file. This tool allows users to quickly and easily scan through a recording to find signals of interest. Operators can use the built-in data extraction utility to copy interesting sections of the recording to a new file. This allows operators the ability to turn a large recording session into one or more small files of interesting data. Time stamping is preserved during the data extraction process.
  • Looped Recording: Looped recording allows the Talon Recorder to run indefinitely while operators wait for an interesting event to be captured. Loop buffer size is selectable by the user allowing the recorder to have hours, days or even weeks of continuous recording storage available.
  • AES 256-bit Encryption: Talon Recorders offer optional AES 256-bit encryption to provide data security.
  • Instant Secure Erase: Talon Recorders offer optional Instant Secure Erase, to provide an extremely quick means of disk sanitization. For more information on Instant Secure Erase please click here.

SystemFlow Recorder Interface

The SystemFlow GUI provides the user with a control interface for the recording system.

The user can easily move between screens to set configuration parameters, control and monitor a recording, play back a recorded signal and monitor board temperature and voltage levels.

SystemFlow Recorder Interface

SystemFlow Hardware Configuration Interface

The SystemFlow Configure screen provides a simple and intuitive means for setting up the system parameters.

The configuration screen shown here, allows user entries for bandwidth, digital downconversion, center frequency, decimation, as well as gate and trigger information. All parameters contain limit checking and integrated help to provide an easy-to-use, out-of-the-box experience.

SystemFlow Hardware Configuration Interface

SystemFlow Signal Viewer

The SystemFlow Signal Viewer includes a spectrogram display, a virtual oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer for signal monitoring in both the time and frequency domains. It is extremely useful for previewing live inputs prior to recording, and for monitoring signals as they are being recorded to help ensure successful recording sessions. The viewer can also be used to inspect and analyze the recorded files after the recording is complete.

Advanced signal analysis capabilities include automatic calculators for signal amplitude and frequency, second and third harmonic components, THD (total harmonic distortion) and SINAD (signal to noise and distortion). With time and frequency zoom, panning modes and dual, annotated cursors to mark and measure points of interest, the SystemFlow Signal Viewer can often eliminate the need for a separate oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer in the field.

SystemFlow Signal Viewer

SystemFlow Recording Software

Demo Simulator for Talon Recording Systems

Pentek's SystemFlow Demo Simulator software package simulates the SystemFlow® recording software, which is installed on all Talon® recording systems. You can download and install the free SystemFlow® Simulator to your desktop or laptop PC.

The SystemFlow Simulator allows you to learn how to use the Talon recording system's SystemFlow software interface before you acquire a recorder or while you are waiting for delivery of a Talon recording system. The Simulator can simulate the operating environment of all the different Talon recorder models.

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the free SystemFlow Simulator

The Simulator uses the same client-server architecture as every Talon recording system, thereby allowing you to use either the SystemFlow GUI (Graphical User Interface) or SystemFlow API (Application Programming Interface) to control the system. In this way, the Simulator allows you to experience how the system operates exactly as you would experience using an actual system in the field.

The Server is responsible for the real-time data recording, while the Client provides the user interface, used to control and monitor the recorder. The Client is provided as a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The Client issues commands to the Server over a socket connection.

You can download SystemFlow Simulator user's guide which details the installation, configuration and use of the software.

SystemFlow Simulator Features

SystemFlow Simulator User's Guide
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SystemFlow Signal Viewer

The SystemFlow Simulator demonstrates the SystemFlow signal viewer by playing recorded signals to simulate the appearance of live signals being digitized and recorded by a Pentek analog signal recorder. The SystemFlow signal viewer includes a virtual oscilloscope and a virtual spectrum analyzer for signal monitoring in both the time and frequency domains. The oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer are extremely useful for previewing live inputs before recording them and for monitoring signals as they are being recorded.

SystemFlow API

Pentek's SystemFlow API allows you to develop your own User Interface (UI) for controlling your Talon recording system. The API is a C-callable library that allows you to control the recorder from an application interface that you develop. If you want to develop your own UI, the SystemFlow Simulator provides a means of testing your UI before you receive your Talon Recorder. This is very helpful for development programs that are on a tight schedule.

Training Tool

If you want to simply use the standard SystemFlow GUI, the SystemFlow Simulator is helpful for this as well. The Simulator can serve as a training interface, allowing system operators to become comfortable with the Talon recording system before they receive it. The standard SystemFlow GUI provides the user with a control interface for Talon recording systems that includes Configuration, Record, Playback, and Status screens, each with intuitive controls and indicators.

Simulates all Talon Recorders

Talon High-Speed Recording System

The SystemFlow Simulator can be configured to simulate any of the Talon analog or digital recording systems. You can easily switch from one system to another to simulate the different recording systems in the Talon recording system product line. A common user interface and API provides a simple transition from one Talon recorder to the next.

Local and Remote Control

Like every Talon recording system, the Simulator can be controlled locally or remotely via the socket-based client-server architecture. This allows you to set up and test remote control of your recording system before you receive it. In addition, you can also create system profiles that can be saved in the Simulator and then reused in the actual Talon recording system.

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