Since Zubax GNSS 2 supports the standard NMEA protocol, it can be used with virtually any software designed to work with generic GNSS receivers.
This tutorial demonstrates how to use Zubax GNSS 2 with GIS software using QGIS as an example. QGIS is a free and open source cross-platform geographic information system suite that works on Windows, Linux, and Mac (learn more at http://qgis.org). Explanations provided in this tutorial are also applicable to other GIS software products.
QGIS installation files for Windows, Mac, and Linux can be freely downloaded from http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html.
On some Linux distributions it is also possible to install QGIS from package repositories, e.g. on Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install qgis.
Once QGIS is installed, launch it, and connect Zubax GNSS 2 to the computer via USB.
In order to make QGIS receive measurements from your Zubax GNSS 2 in real time, enable the GNSS information panel by clicking
GPS Information Panel.
A panel will appear like shown on the screenshot below. On the panel:
- Select the correct serial port in the dropdown list.
Now the software is connected and receiving measurements from Zubax GNSS 2. The current position will be indicated with a cross. However, right now it’s not of much use, so in the steps below we’ll add a map.
Manage and Install Plugins.... A window like shown below will appear. In the window, find the plugin
OpenLayers Plugin using the search bar, select it, and press
Having installed the plugin, click
OpenLayers plugin →
The result is shown on the screenshot below.