Quickstart Guide — Intel Aero

DCM is pre-integrated into Intel Aero images (1.6.1 and later). These instructions are only needed when developing and testing newer versions of DCM.

This guide provides turnkey instructions for building DCM on Ubuntu LTS 16.04 (with support for the RealSense 3D Camera, Aero bottom facing camera, MAVLink and Avahi) and then deploying it to Intel Aero.

Build DCM

To build DCM:

  1. Install the Core, Avahi and RealSense pre-requisites listed above:
    sudo apt-get update -y
    sudo apt-get install git autoconf libtool python-pip -y
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer-1.0 \
        libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev \
        libgstrtspserver-1.0-dev -y
    ## Required python packages
    sudo pip2 -q install -U future
    # Avahi
    sudo apt-get install libavahi-client-dev libavahi-core-dev libavahi-glib-dev -y
    # RealSense
    echo 'deb "http://realsense-alm-public.s3.amazonaws.com/apt-repo" xenial main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/realsense-latest.list
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-key D6FB2970 
    sudo apt update -y
    sudo apt-get install librealsense-dev -y
  2. Get the DCM source code by cloning the camera-manager repo (or your fork):
    git clone https://github.com/Dronecode/camera-manager.git
    cd camera-manager
    git submodule update --init --recursive
  3. Configure DCM with the normal Aero settings:
    ./autogen.sh && ./configure --enable-aero --enable-realsense --enable-mavlink --enable-avahi
  4. Build DCM for Aero:

The dcm binary and dronecode-camera-manager.service files are generated in the root of the DCM source tree.

Deploy DCM to Aero

To deploy DCM to Aero:

  1. Copy the dcm binary using scp:

    scp dcm uname@ip-addr:/usr/bin/


    • ip-addr is IP address of Aero on the network (check using ifconfig)
    • uname is root (Yocto) or <user-defined> (Ubuntu)
  2. Reboot Aero (Aero starts DCM on boot)

The Aero configuration file (aero.conf) and autostart file (dronecode-camera-manager.service) typically do not change or need to be updated. If required, you could do so using the following commands:

  scp samples/config/aero.conf uname@ip-addr:/etc/dcm/main.conf
  scp dronecode-camera-manager.service uname@ip-addr:/lib/system/system/dronecode-camera-manager.service

Verify Installation

  1. Make sure DCM is running:
    systemctl status dcm
  2. Run the Sanity Tests to verify that DCM is working correctly.
© Dronecode 2017. License: CC BY 4.0            Updated: 2018-06-19 05:20:14

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