External GNSS Connection

External GNSS connections allows to utilise accurate location provided by high-quality GNSS receivers. In theory Mapit can be connected to any Bluetooth or TCP enabled device streaming the data using NMEA standard. If the device is capable of streaming RTK corrected coordinates you get get centimetre accuracy and all GNSS metadata statistics displayed and recorded by Mapit.

On top of the standard (direct) connections via Bluetooth or TCP some GNSS receivers offer dedicated connections via apps like Trimble Mobile Manager,  EOS Tools Pro  or Leica Zeno Connect. These can be the source of the GNSS location for your Android device and feed the location manager via a so called “Mock location”.

Mapit can also utilise Mock locations provided by any other apps like “Bluetooth GPS”, however some GNSS metadata may not always be available in that mode.

Since version 6.0.0 Mapit GIS is able to use an innate dedicated NTRIP client which uses the RTKLIB engine to provide RTK corrected solutions. More information is available here.

To connect to external device to Mapit GIS – please go to Settings → External GNSS and switch it on:

External GNSS Settings

External GNSS Settings

 

  • Direct External GNSS Connection via Bluetooth or TCP socket – this method of connection should be used if you want to connect Mapit directly to the source streaming NMEA sentences via the Bluetooth interface. If you want to get RTK corrected location via this method of connection you have to have a device which is able to stream NMEA with the solution applied.

To connect external GNSS device to MapIt please follow the following steps:
1. Make sure the device is paired in Bluetooth settings.
2. Enable Mock Location in Android Developer Settings (In Android 6 please set MapIt as Mock Location application) – This step is not required from version 6.0.2
3. In MapIt settings go to External GPS and switch ON the External GPS switch.
4. When getting back to map the location source will be automatically switched to External GPS (you may need to restart app on some devices).
5. After successful connection the GPS Info  screen should look as on the image below:

 

GPS Info Screen

GPS Info Screen

  • Eos Tools Pro Connection – Enable this function if you would like to make Mapit compatible with with Eos Arrow receivers. Eos Tools Pro must be installed and configured on your device before using Mapit GIS. These Tools feature an NTRIP client to receive corrections from an RTK network/Internet base station and feed these corrections to your Arrow receiver via Bluetooth. They will also take care of populating the Android Location Service with the Arrow’s more accurate position (replacing the device’s internal position with the Arrow’s position) – this position is then used by the Mapit app.
1. Make sure the EOS Tools is selected as Mock Location app in the  Android developer settings
2. Connect your GNSS receiver via EOS Tools and enable Mock Location inside the EOS Tools Pro – make sure you are getting the RTK corrections correctly.
3. When you get accurate location in EOS Tools Pro – switch on Mapit and go to External GNSS Settings → Switch ON EOS Connect switch.
4. You can enable GNSS metadata for export in Survey settings as well if you need.
5. In this mode you will not get the satellite’s signal and satellite’s position views – as they are not available via mock location.
Note: If you would like to get mean sea level height in Mapit  – please enable Geoid height for GPS and select the relevant Geoid Grid from the list.
EOS Tools Pro

EOS Tools Pro

Eos Connect - Mapit

Eos Connect in Mapit

Survey Settings

Survey Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Leica Zeno Connect  – please use this method for the connection with Leica smart antennas.  The Zeno Connect app must be installed and configured on your device before using Mapit GIS. MapIt has been tested using Leica Smart Antenna GG03/04.  Please follow the steps below to get the accurate location inside Mapit:
1. Make sure the Zeno Connect is selected as Mock Location app in the  Android developer settings
2. Connect your Leica Smart Antenna via Zeno Connect and enable Mock Location inside the app – make sure you are getting the RTK corrections correctly.
3. When you get accurate location in Zeno Connect – switch on Mapit and go to External GNSS Settings → Switch On Leica Zeno Connect switch.
4. You can enable GNSS metadata for export in Survey settings as well if you need.
5. In this mode you will not get the satellite’s signal and satellite’s position views – as they are not available via mock location.
  • Trimble Mobile Manager – please use this method for the connection with Trimble antennas like the Trimble Catalyst.  The Trimble Mobile Manager app must be installed and configured on your device before using Mapit GIS.  Please follow the steps below to get the accurate location inside Mapit:
1. Make sure the Trimble Mobile Manager is selected as Mock Location app in the  Android developer settings
2. Connect your Trimble Catalyst Antenna via Trimble Mobile Manager app and enable Mock Location inside the app – make sure you are getting the RTK corrections correctly.
3. When you get accurate location in TMM – switch on Mapit and go to External GNSS Settings → Switch ON Trimble TMM switch.
4. You can enable GNSS metadata for export in Survey settings as well if you need.
  • You can also use any other app providing Mock Locations like “Bluetooth GPS” to get the location inside Mapit → Leave External GNSS settings switched off in that case. GNSS metadata statistics like DOPs values, RMS values etc. however will not be available in that mode.

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