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How to set up ROS to communicate with the scannerDescription: You learn how to set up the PILZ laser scanner with ROS and show the result in Rviz.
Keywords: PSENscan, psen_scan, psen_scan_v2
Tutorial Level: BEGINNER
Next Tutorial: Launching multiple scanners
THE PILZ SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH NO WARRANTY (FOR MORE DETAILS SEE LICENSE).
This tutorial teaches you to set up and launch the ROS driver for the PSENscan laser scanner. This includes creating a new ROS package to read and display laser scanner data.
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In order to complete this tutorial, you need the following:
Completed the first ROS tutorial create a catkin workspace.
- An operable catkin workspace.
- An installed psen_scan_v2 package.
sudo apt update sudo apt install ros-$ROS_DISTRO-psen-scan-v2
Create a ROS package with the required files
Install the psen_scan_v2 package as in the previous tutorials described.
In your workspace, create a new package:
cd ~/catkin_ws/src catkin_create_pkg --rosdistro $ROS_DISTRO psen_scan_v2_tutorials psen_scan_v2 cd psen_scan_v2_tutorials mkdir config gedit config/scanner_config.yaml
Copy the following content and paste it into gedit. Do not forget to save the new created file.
sensor_ip: "192.168.0.10" # Insert the IP of the laser scanner here. ## The following parameters are optional: tf_prefix: laser_1 # This name is prefixed to the TF, where the scanner is mounted angle_start: deg(-137.4) # The angle of the first measurement angle_end: deg(137.4) # The angle of the last measurement intensities: false # Receive intensity values resolution: deg(0.1) # Scan resolution host_ip: "auto" # Change the IP to the IP of your PC. host_udp_port_control: 55115 # The port on your pc used to start/stop the scanner host_udp_port_data: 55116 # The port on your pc where the data is received fragmented_scans: false # Receive fragmented scans a.s.a.p. instead of full scan
Like in the last step create the file psen_scan_tutorials/launch/psen_scan_v2.launch with the following content by using gedit:
mkdir launch gedit launch/psen_scan_v2.launch
<launch> <include file="$(find psen_scan_v2)/launch/bringup.launch" /> <rosparam ns="laser_1" command="load" file="$(find psen_scan_v2_tutorials)/config/scanner_config.yaml" /> <param name="robot_description" command="$(find xacro)/xacro '$(find psen_scan_v2_tutorials)/urdf/example.urdf.xacro'" /> <node name="robot_state_publisher" pkg="robot_state_publisher" type="robot_state_publisher" /> <node name="$(anon rviz)" type="rviz" pkg="rviz" args="-d $(find psen_scan_v2)/config/config.rviz" /> </launch>
The code explained:
<include file="$(find psen_scan_v2)/launch/bringup.launch" /> <rosparam ns="laser_1" command="load" file="$(find psen_scan_v2_tutorials)/config/scanner_config.yaml" />
This starts the psen_scan_v2_node and loads the newly created config file.
<param name="robot_description" command="$(find xacro)/xacro '$(find psen_scan_v2_tutorials)/urdf/example.urdf.xacro'" /> <node name="robot_state_publisher" pkg="robot_state_publisher" type="robot_state_publisher" /> <node name="$(anon rviz)" type="rviz" pkg="rviz" args="-d $(find psen_scan_v2)/config/config.rviz" /> </launch>
This loads the robot model from an urdf.xacro-file. It contains geometric information of the scanner and TF frames.
<node name="$(anon rviz)" type="rviz" pkg="rviz" args="-d $(find psen_scan_v2)/config/config.rviz" />
This starts rviz with a predefined configuration.
You need to additionally create the aforementioned urdf.xacro-file.
mkdir urdf gedit urdf/example.urdf.xacro
This will later contain a description of your whole robot. For now it only contains the one laser scanner. Which is created from the xacro:psen_scan macro after this was included:
<robot xmlns:xacro="http://ros.org/wiki/xacro" name="psen_scan"> <xacro:include filename="$(find psen_scan_v2)/urdf/psen_scan.urdf.xacro" /> <xacro:psen_scan prefix="laser_1" /> </robot>
To launch the ROS driver, only one parameter is mandatory:
sensor_ip The IP of the laser scanner in the network. You have configured this in the first tutorial using the configuration tool.
For an overview of all parameters, please visit https://github.com/PilzDE/psen_scan_v2/blob/main/README.md#usage
Start the PSENscan application
Now you can launch your newly created launchfile with the following command:
roslaunch psen_scan_v2_tutorials psen_scan_v2.launch
- Make sure your PC operates in the same IP subnet like the laser scanner.
- Make sure to set the IP addresses according the parameters above. The previous tutorial showed how these could be altered.
This should launch rviz and look something like this:
The red lines show the detected surroundings of the scanner.
For comparison in reality the scanner was placed in an arrangement more or less like this:
Whatever your setup is, it should be comparable with the actual environment of the scanner. The red x-axis in the rviz window can be imagined as pointing out of the scanner in the direction of the display in its front.
The psen_scan_v2 package is not available for ROS $ROS_DISTRO.
In this tutorial you created a basis for an application using the PSENscan laser scanner together with ROS. In the next tutorial you learn how to connect to multiple scanners.