FieldBee RTK-GPS system guide

1.WHAT IS THIS #

FieldBee is the new generation tractor navigation system –  it provides high accuracy (0-4 cm), it is easy to install and change between tractors, it is used on your smartphone/tablet and can be upgraded to the automatic steering system.

The FieldBee sensor works with the FieldBee smartphone app for tractor navigation, tracking, mapping and record keeping.

The FieldBee sensor may be used with other applications and systems, such as automatic steering and variable rate application. In such cases, it needs a special version of the software that can be ordered by contacting at info@efarmer.mobi.

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2.Technical assistance #

If you have a problem and cannot find the information you need in the product documentation, contact our support team, writing an email to support@fieldbe.com

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3.FieldBee GNSS receiver #

If you have ordered only FieldBee receiver you may use it as a standalone sensor :

  1. without any correction and it will provide submeter accuracy ( 50 cm – 1,5 m depends on external factors);
  2. with correction from local NTRIP provider.
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3.1.Standalone sensor without any correction services #

FieldBee GNSS receiver without any correction services is not required specific steps for set up.

Only need to locate FieldBee receiver in the middle of the tractor’s roof ( if it is possible)* and turn it on (by pressing the power button or plugging in charging cable to receiver and cigarette lighter).

To start driving with FieldBee GNSS receiver you will need to connect FieldBee app to the receiver.

You may find this info at GPS Antenna connection chapter FieldBee app manual.

* if it is not possible to locate in the middle of the tractor’s roof you need to apply these changes in FieldBee app.

You may Find it in Settings -> GPS-> GPS preferences

For this :

  1. Go to FieldBee app
  2. Open Settings
  3. GPS preferences
  4. Input offset value and direction
  5. Save changes
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3.2.Standalone sensor with correction from local NTRIP provider #

FieldBee GNSS receiver can provide  0 – 4 cm accuracy with connection to local NTRIP provider.

There are a few required conditions for getting 0-4 cm accuracy from local NTRIP provider. FieldBee  GNSS receiver needs to :

  • receive signal from more than 8 satellites;
  • be connected to the Internet ( WiFi network or Hotspot network);
  • be set up to the active account at local NTRIP provider.

You can connect FieldBee receiver to any 2,4 GHz Wi-Fi networks or mobile Hotspot, enabled from the device which is not using for FieldBee setup.

5G networks are not available for RTK correction reception.

Start initial set up by locating FieldBee GNSS receiver at 1-1,5 m height above the ground and wide open area.

Download FieldBee toolbox from Play Store, following this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.efarmer.device.toolkit

  • Turn FieldBee receiver on.
  • Open FieldBee toolbox app
  • Choose FieldBee    fig.1 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  • Tap FieldBee serial number to continue setup fig.2 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi

This screen has the name “Main Menu”

Connecting the receiver to an available WiFi network:

  1. tap Wi-Fi connection;  fig.3 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  2. tap one of available Wi-Fi networks; fig.4 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  3. input password for this network fig.5  At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  4. tap Connect button;  fig.6 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  5. *wait until FieldBee will become connected to Wi-Fi network fig.7,8 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi

FieldBee is connected to the Wi-Fi network.

Connecting the receiver to the current device’s Hotspot:

  1. tap Wi-Fi connection;  fig.1 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  2. tap Open hotspot settings; fig.2 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  3. tap Mobile hotspot fig.3 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  4. enable hotspot fig.4 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  5. allow to turn on Mobile hotspot fig.5 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  6. tap back fig.6 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  7. allow to turn off WiFi network while using hotspot fig.8 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  8. tap Add a Wi-Fi network fig.9 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  9. input name fig.10 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  10. input password fig.11 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  11. tap Connect button fig.12 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  12. allow to turn off WiFi network while using hotspot fig.13 At folder Receiver connection to Hotspot
  13. *wait until FieldBee will become connected to hotspot network fig.14 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi

FieldBee is connected to the hotspot network. fig.15 At folder Receiver connection to WiFi

Setup NTRIP connection

  1. Tap Connect to NTRIP Network fig.3Mainmenu At folder Receiver connection to WiFi
  2. Tap Add NTRIP network button
  3. Input: server, port, choose available mount point*, login and password**

*to display available mount points Android device needs to be connected to the Internet.

FieldBee can receive correction from the mount points which stream data in RTCM x3 format.

CMR format is not compatible with RTK for FieldBee receiver.

** login and password are attached into registration confirmation email from NTRIP provider.

  1. Tap the Connect button

NTRIP profile is added to list successfully

  1. Tap NTRIP profile to apply this setting.
  2. NTRIP profile has been applied
  3. Wait until FieldBee receiver will be connected to NTRIP network.

It takes 1 minute to reconneсt WiFi source and gets a connection to NTRIP correction stream.

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4.FieldBee RTK GPS system #

With the FieldBee RTK-GPS system, you will be able to reach an exceptional accuracy of 0-4 cm. No need to pay extra charges for RTK correction signal, you will receive your own base station that provides correction. You can connect an unlimited number of antennas to the FieldBee RTK base station. You can share your signal with your neighbours and create free RTK network.

Base station transmits correction via 2 ways:

  1. Radio channel
  2. Internet
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4.1.FieldBee RTK base station+FieldBee GNSS receiver connection via Radio channel #

The range of RTK signal coverage is 2 km via Radio.

 

!!!Before turning on RTK Bee Station it is necessary to screw in external radio antenna!!!

 

There are few required conditions for getting 0-4 cm accuracy from FieldBee RTK base station. FieldBee  GNSS receiver and Base station needs to :

  • receive signal from more than 8 satellites;
  • have same Radio region and Radio channel;
  • have straight view between receiver and base station.

 

To start set up RTK Bee station and FieldBee follow next steps:

  1. Take RTK Bee Station and FieldBee outside and place them 1-1,5 m above ground level on an open sky leaving at least 2 meter in between.
  2. Make sure that external radio antennas have been screwed in to FieldBee and RTK base station.
  3. Turn on antennas.

!Factory settings for FieldBee has active Radio mode. After turning on antennas you should receive accuracy >1 meter for the GPS (Normal) or DGPS  fix and 15-20 satellites. After few minutes -fix type will change to Float RTK and then RTK.

Congrats, you have configured antenna for centimeter level accuracy.

 

If you have found difficulties with RTK correction reception – visit page Settings editing to know how to solve most common issue.

 

But if not – open Chapter and Set correction mode to Radio.

We recommend to move RTK base station and FieldBee and make distance between each other 30m – 200m. For this distance  you may check radio transmitting correction.

After it becomes receiving RTK – you can start work with antennas.

If you receive poor signal open FieldBee app with the available FieldBee list (first screenshot in editing mode) – open additional menu -> advanced settings -> Radio channel and choose another channel ( Region should stay as it is.)

For US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand countries you should apply US region.

For Europe, Africa and South America you should apply EU region.

 

It is necessary to change channel on both antennas (FieldBee and RTK Bee Station) for stable receiving correction.

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4.2.FieldBee RTK base station+FieldBee GNSS receiver connection via Internet #

!!!Before turning on RTK Base Station it is necessary to screw in external radio antenna!!!

The range of RTK signal coverage is 10 km via the Internet.

There are a few required conditions for getting 0-4 cm accuracy from RTK base station. FieldBee RTK base station  and FieldBee GNSS receiver need to :

  • receive a signal from more than 8 satellites;
  • be connected to the Internet (WiFi network or Hotspot network);
  • have correct settings and connected to each other at the server.

The base station is streaming correction via radio channel when it is turned on.

The base station is streaming correction via the Internet when it is turned on and is connected to the Internet.

Connect the FieldBee RTK base station to the Internet:

  1. Turn Base station on;
  2. open FieldBee toolbox app;
  3. choose Base station;   fig.1 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  4. tap Base station serial number to continue setup fig.2 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  5. connecting base station to an available WiFi network:
  6. tap Wi-Fi connection;  fig.4 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  7. tap one of available Wi-Fi networks; fig.5 At folder Base connection to WiF
  8. input password for this network fig.6  At folder Base connection to WiFi
  9. tap Connect button;  fig.7 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  10. wait until Base station will become connected to the Wi-Fi network.  Now Base station is connected to the Internet and is streaming correction to the server.fig.9,10 At folder Base connection to WiFi

Connect the FieldBee GNSS receiver to the Internet

Open Chapter Standalone sensor with correction from local NTRIP provider

Connect the FieldBee GNSS Receiver to the FieldBee RTK base station:

  1. Open Main Menu for FieldBee GNSS Receiver
  2. Tap FieldBee base station  fig 1toolbox_mainmenu_connection_to_basestation
  3. Tap Add new base fig2toolbox_fieldbeebasestation
  4. Input Base serial number  fig3toolbox_addnewbase
  5. Tap the Connect button to apply fig4toolbox_inputbase
  6. The base is added to the list
  7. Tap on Base serial number to apply connection fig5toolbox_connectbasestation
  8. FieldBee GNSS Receiver is connected to Base station  fig6toolbox_baseconnected
  9. FieldBee GNSS Receiver has RTK correction fig7toolbox_mainmenu_rtk
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4.2.1.Connect Base station to the Internet. #

  1. Turn Base station on;
  2. open FieldBee toolbox app;
  3. choose Base station;   fig.1 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  4. tap Base station serial number to continue setup fig.2 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  5. connecting base station to an available WiFi network:
  6. tap Wi-Fi connection;  fig.4 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  7. tap one of available Wi-Fi networks; fig.5 At folder Base connection to WiF
  8. input password for this network fig.6  At folder Base connection to WiFi
  9. tap Connect button;  fig.7 At folder Base connection to WiFi
  10. wait until Base station will become connected to the Wi-Fi network.  Now Base station is connected to the Internet and is streaming correction to the server.fig.9,10 At folder Base connection to WiFi
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4.2.2.Connect Receiver to the Internet #

Open Chapter Standalone sensor with correction from local NTRIP provider

Connect FieldBee GNSS Receiver to FieldBee base station.

  1. Open Main Menu for FieldBee GNSS Receiver
  2. Tap FieldBee base station  fig 1toolbox_mainmenu_connection_to_basestation
  3. Tap Add new base fig2toolbox_fieldbeebasestation
  4. Input Base serial number  fig3toolbox_addnewbase
  5. Tap the Connect button to apply fig4toolbox_inputbase
  6. The base is added to the list
  7. Tap on Base serial number to apply connection fig5toolbox_connectbasestation
  8. FieldBee GNSS Receiver is connected to Base station  fig6toolbox_baseconnected

FieldBee GNSS Receiver has RTK correction fig7toolbox_mainmenu_rtk

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