Get Started with ZED Box

The Stereolabs ZED Box is a compact gateway powered by NVIDIA® Jetson™ for challenging AIoT mobile and field situations. It is designed to bring spatial perception and understanding at the edge and aggregate, process and analyze data from 3D sensors and equipment.

Features

  • 3D AI at the edge: Empower AI computing at the edge of your camera network with the ZED Box powered by powerful NVIDIA® Jetson™ for spatial intelligence applications.

  • PoE+ Powered: Deploy smart 3D cameras anywhere in the field using PoE+, enabling long-range and outdoor coverage, simplified cabling infrastructure and easier maintenance.

  • Compact Fanless Design: With a rugged aluminium and fanless chassis, this embedded computer packs the power of a supercomputer into a small form factor (109 x 92 x 52 mm).

  • A Broad Range of Applications: The ZED Box can be used for a growing number of industrial use-cases such as video analytics, robotics, interactive experiences, and many more.

  • Designed for Camera and Sensor Processing: Unleash the full capabilities of ZED camera series. Easily and seamlessly connect to all ZED camera models for fast ingest and processing of the live 3D data.

  • Compliance for 24/7 Operation: The ZED Box is a ruggedized and field-tested embedded system, which makes it suitable for 24/7 deployment in many types of environments.

Technical Specifications

The Stereolabs ZED Box comes with two NVIDIA® Jetson™ Module options. Choose between NVIDIA TX2 NX and NVIDIA Xavier NX for more performance.

ZED Box - TX2 NX ZED Box - Xavier NX
AI Performance 1.33 TFLOPS 21 TFLOPS
GPU 256-core NVIDIA Pascal™ GPU 384-core NVIDIA Volta™ GPU with 48 Tensor Cores
CPU Dual-Core NVIDIA Denver 2 64-Bit CPU and Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A57 MPCore 6-core NVIDIA Carmel ARM 64-bit CPU
Memory 4GB
LPDDR4 - 1600Mhz
8GB
LPDDR4x - 1600Mhz
Jetson Power Modes 7.5W | 15W 10W | 15W
I/Os 1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
OTG (Flash)
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x HDMI
Drive/Storage eMMC 16GB
SSD 256GB M.2 NVMe
Operating System Ubuntu 18.04 (L4T)
Power PoE+ (30W) or DC-IN (12-48V).
Dimensions 109 x 92 x 52 mm (LxWxH)
4.3 x 3.6 x 2.0 inches
Weight 1 kg (2.20lb)
Operating Temperature -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F) with 0.5 m/s airflow
Mounting Options 84x45mm mounting holes, wall (brackets provided) and DIN-rail mounting
Case Black aluminium case passively cooled

Installation

Connection panel

All the connection ports are available in the front panel.

  1. Micro USB port (OTG - Firmware upgrade)
  2. USB 3.0 port
  3. HDMI port
  4. USB 2.0 port
  5. Power Status LED
  6. Network PoE+ * port
  7. 12V AC/DC Power Adapter port

(*) PoE+ specifications:

  • Max Power: 25.50 W
  • Voltage: 42.5 ~ 57 V
  • Current: 600 mA
  • Cabling: Category 5

01. Plug in the power supply (optional)

Connect the provided power supply to the jack connector, if you do not use PoE+ feature.

02. Connect to your network

Connect to your network using the PoE+ Ethernet port.

Note: a PoE+* enabled switch is needed to power the system without using the jack connector

Note: the default hostname of the device is its serial number and it is reported on the bottom of the case below the QR-Code.

03. Connect to your display

Connect to your display by using the HDMI port.

04. Connect your keyboard and mouse

Connect your keyboard and mouse using the 2.0 USB port and a USB hub.

05. Complete the operating system setup

System access credentials

To access the operating system upon first start-up, use the following default access credentials:

  • User name: user
  • Password: admin

Note: for security reasons we suggest you change the default password after the first boot by opening the “Settings” menu and by selecting the “User” voice.

ZED SDK download procedure

To download the latest version of the ZED SDK for your system, you need to know which Jetpack version is currently installed. To do so, open the command prompt on your ZED BOX and enter the following command line:

$ apt-cache policy nvidia-jetpack

Command line result preview:

nvidia-jetpack:
    Installed: 4.5.1-b17
    ...        

In this case, your Jetpack version is then 4.5.

Then, go to stereolabs.com/developers/release, click on the “SDK Downloads” tab and scroll down to find the corresponding SDK for the Jetpack version of your NVIDIA® Jetson™ system.

To get started, learn more about the ZED SDK and start building apps today, go to stereolabs.com/developers

06. Connect your ZED camera

Note: The ZED camera must be connected to the USB 3.0 port to be able to acquire data at maximum resolution and framerate.

Install on a wall with brackets

Screw the brackets to the case:

Screw the ZED Box to the wall:

Note: Screws for the wall are not included.

Network access

An ssh server is available to remotely access the ZED Box in case it is not possible to access it by using the graphical interface provided by the Ubuntu operating system.

You can use the IP address of the ZED Box, if you know it, or the Hostname that is reported on the bottom of the case just below the QR Code

Ubuntu commands:

$ ssh user@<ip address of the ZED Box>

or

$ ssh user@<hostname of the ZED Box>

For example:

$ ssh user@GTW-TX2NX-C13UJO4J

Note: The default password is admin. You can change the password after the first connection with the command

$ passwd

Add a new user

You can add a new user with CLI the command

$ sudo useradd -m <username> # add user and create the home directory

set the password for the new user

$ sudo passwd <username>

Update/Reset

To update/reset the ZED Box please follow the Nvidia online guide and use the NVIDIA SDK Manager.

Note: it is important to choose Manual Setup instead of Automatic Setup in the Step 3 of the SDK Manager guide, following the instruction in the next section to force the ZED Box in Recovery Mode.

Note: If you encounter any problems during this procedure with the ZED Box model TX2 NX, you can follow the “manual flashing” guide.

Force Recovery mode

It is not required to open the ZED Box to force it in Recovery mode.

Here is the procedure to automatically start the ZED Box in Force Recovery mode:

  • power off the device.
  • connect a mini-usb cable to the host PC performing the upgrade/reset.
  • connect the cable to the mini-usb port of the device labeled as OTG.
  • power on the device.

If the ZED Box is in a working status and you can normally boot it, you can also force the Recovery mode by command line:

$ sudo reboot --force forced-recovery

You can verify that the ZED Box correctly started in Recovery mode by entering this command in a command line console of the host PC:

 $ lsusb -d '0955:'

If the model of the ZED Box is TX2 NX, then a device with VID:PID 0955:7c18 should be listed.

If the model of the ZED Box is Xavier NX, then a device with VID:PID 0955:7e19 should be listed.

Manually flashing the ZED Box TX2 NX model

If the NVIDIA SDK Manager fails to flash the ZED Box model TX2 NX, it is possible to complete the procedure “manually”:

  • Open a terminal console
  • $ cd ~/nvidia/nvidia_sdk/JetPack_<version>_Linux_JETSON_TX2_TARGETS/Linux_for_Tegra/
  • Verify that the ZED Box is in “Force Recovery” mode.
  • $ sudo ./flash.sh jetson-xavier-nx-devkit-tx2-nx mmcblk0p1
  • Wait for the operation to complete

If you encounter any problems during this procedure, you can contact the support team by sending an email to support@stereolabs.com.