Caution: Piksi® Multi uses a powerful processor that can generate a significant amount of heat. Use caution when handling the board, as components may reach upwards of 140° F (60° C).
This procedure must be performed outdoors and does not require an Internet connection.
This article provides instructions to obtain a Single Point Position solution using hardware from the Piksi Multi Evaluation Kit. It is important to mention this can be possible with Duro as well. Be sure to complete all prerequisites before proceeding with the article.
- Installing Swift Console
- Installing USB to Serial Adapter Drivers
- Powering Piksi Multi
- Connecting to Piksi Multi - USB to Serial Adapter
- Upgrading Piksi Multi Firmware
- GNSS Antenna Placement Guidelines
Standalone GNSS Position
Note: A Single Point Position (SPP) solution is a standalone autonomous GNSS position solution, with an accuracy of few meters. SBAS are satellite-based augmentation systems that provide corrections to obtain better accuracy than SPP (about one meter). Both SPP and SBAS provide an absolute position and only one receiver is required.
In this section, you will use one Piksi Multi to display a SPP or SBAS-corrected position on the Swift Console.
Place the GNSS antenna on a tripod or on other stable structure with an unobstructed sky view.
(See GNSS Antenna Placement Guidelines)
It is recommended to secure Piksi Multi and the radio to the antenna tripod or structure.
Connect the GNSS Antenna to Piksi Multi.
Connect the Evaluation Board to your computer.
Connect power to the system.
Once powered - the LED indicators of Piksi Multi will illuminate.
Wiring Diagram - Overview
Running the Swift Console Software
- Launch the Swift Console as described in the previous section.
- Select the communications device and baud rate for your Piksi Multi from the drop-down menu.
- Ensure that you have Simulation Mode disabled.
Checking Satellite Signals
Open the Tracking tab. If a satellite signal has been successfully acquired, it will be assigned to a tracking channel and transitioned to tracking mode. In the Tracking tab you will see a line added to the plot indicating the signal strength of that satellite (L1 and L2 signals from the same satellite are shown separately). Wait until at least 4 satellites are tracking with signal strengths above 33 dB-Hz.
Controls for the tracking display can be found directly below the graph. The type of signals displayed can be hidden or displayed with the checkboxes in the legend.
Viewing Position Solutions
Once satellite signals are being tracked Piksi Multi will receive the data it needs to compute the position solution. This data is called the ephemeris and it takes approximately 30 seconds to collect. Open the Solution tab and you should see Piksi outputting position solutions represented as blue points on the graph (for SPP solutions) or green points (for SBAS solutions).
Hint: The yellow POS LED indicator on the Piksi Multi board gives you insight into the position solution status. A blinking POS LED indicates that satellites are being tracked, but no position solution is available yet. A solid orange POS LED indicates a valid position fix.
For Additional Information
To continue working with the Piksi Multi, return to the Piksi Multi Getting Started Guide.