Category Archives: GPS Modules

Interfacing the Neo-6M GPS Module & Raspberry Pi with LCD Readout

One of the coolest embedded platforms like the Raspberry Pi has given makers and DIYers the ability to get location data easily using GPS module and thus build things that rely on location. With the amount of power packed by the Raspberry Pi, it certainly will be quite awesome to build GPS based projects with the same cheap GPS modules and that is the focus of this post. Today in this project we will Interface GPS module with Raspberry Pi 3.

The goal of this project is to collect location data (longitude and latitude) via UART from a GPS module and display them display on a 16×2 LCD, so if you are not familiar with the way the 16×2 LCD works with the Raspberry Pi, this is another great opportunity to learn.

Installing the Keyestudio Raspberry PI GPS Plate

Keyestudio GPS Plate
This Keyestudio KS0216 Raspberry Pi GPS Plate (shield) features high performance and low power consumption. It utilizes the NEO-6M Module developed by U-blox. The GPS Module is connected through the 2*20 expansion pins of Raspberry Pi. It features a large size ceramic antenna, sending locating information to GPS through the serial port. It can track up to 8 satellites on 50 channels at high speed, and it produces very accurate location data.

Plug the GPS Plate into Raspberry Pi 3. Upload your code to Raspberry Pi 3, and you can find your exact location within a few meters. It also provides you with very accurate time! It can be used in car navigation, personal positioning, fleet management, navigation and so on.

BerryGPS setup Guide for Raspberry Pi

BerryGPS IMU
BerryGPS-IMU v2 Plate has been designed to fit perfectly with the Raspberry Pi Zero. It is also compatible with all other versions Raspberry Pi, including the Pi 3B+.
BerryGPS-IMU v2 uses the M20048 from Antenova, which is a high quality GPS module which is able to track 22 satellites. The BerryGPS-IMU v2 is a GPS module which also includes the sensors that can be found on the BerryIMU v2 Plate.

BerryGPS-IMU v2 is also fitted with a barometric sensor (BMP280) which can be used to calculate altitude. A temperature sensor is also included.

Sensors included are;

  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer (Compass)
  • Barometric/Altitude
  • Temperature

GPS Module M20048

  • Low current consumption, <200uA when using Periodic mode.
  • Antenova M20048  ( MT3337-E chip) GPS module
  • 3.3v supply
  • NMEA 0183
  • UART  4800/9600/38400/115200 bps
  • Channels – 210 PRN / 66 Acquisition / 22 Tracking
  • Max update rate 5 Hz
  • Horizontal position accuracy <2.5m CEP
  • Acquisition sensitivity -148dBm
  • Tracking sensitivity -165dBm
  • Hot start <1s
  • Warm start <25s
  • Cold start <35s
  • Orbit prediction
  • 1PPS Sync
  • Fix LED
  • PPS LED
  • Internal antenna
  • Connector for external antenna
  • SuperCap to help store ephemeris data.

IMU:

An inertial measurement unit, or IMU, measures and reports on velocity, orientation and gravitational forces, using a combination of an accelerometer, gyroscope and a magnetometer.

Raspberry PI: Connecting a Neo-6M  GPS Module

Neo-6M GPS Module

I built a project using a Neo-6M  GPS Module with the Raspberry PI. Now there are several USB solutions, and apps that work with them, but I wanted to show how to use a $20 GPS module with a a serial UART, and Python code to decode the NMEA strings. Then you can write your own GPS interface, or combine the data with Google Maps.

Hardware Setup:

The first step is to connect the GPS module to the Raspberry PI. There are only 4 wires involved, so it’s a simple connection.



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