Topcon High Accuracy Receiver Collection

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11-09-2016 02:20 PM
mpboyle
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Our Engineering Department has a Topcon HiPer SR receiver with a FC-5000 data collector running Windows 10.

They are trying to use Collector with this receiver but it doesn't seem to want to connect when using their data collector.

When inside Collector, if they try to switch the receiver to their HiPer SR receiver, the connection will always fail.

If they switch to pairing their receiver with a phone or tablet (Android was our test), the receiver does seem to be able to connect inside Collector, but it doesn't appear that the receiver is actually communicating with Collector because the accuracy icon at the bottom of Collector remains red and shows no estimated accuracy.

Just wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions to try?...are we missing a step somewhere?...perhaps enabling mock locations on the tablet?  Is it the type of receiver that is the limitation?  I thought I read that with the latest release of Collector, as long as the device output a NMEA string, Collector could consume it, or perhaps that was only for the GPS metadata?

Thanks in advance!

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MiaogengZhang
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If NMEA is output on bluetooth port, usually Collector should be able to process it. But you need to make sure NMEA is actually outputted to the bluetooth and no other application is using. In Windows, you can use this software http://www.putty.org/ and set Connection type into Serial to access NMEA from COM port exposed from bluetooth. You can find out COM port for bluetooth by right clicking Bluetooth icon> Open Setting>COM ports.

Note: if other application is using the same port, Putty app won't be able to access due to bluetooth contention. 

If you can see NMEA is output at putty app, close putty app and run Collector. 

The same thing applies to Android platform. You can use External GPS - Bluetooth GPS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=googoo.android.btgps&hl=en at Android platform to test NMEA output. 

Conn

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darrenstone
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Just curious if you ever got this to work, I'm trying to do the same thing.

Thanks.

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MiaogengZhang
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If NMEA is output on bluetooth port, usually Collector should be able to process it. But you need to make sure NMEA is actually outputted to the bluetooth and no other application is using. In Windows, you can use this software http://www.putty.org/ and set Connection type into Serial to access NMEA from COM port exposed from bluetooth. You can find out COM port for bluetooth by right clicking Bluetooth icon> Open Setting>COM ports.

Note: if other application is using the same port, Putty app won't be able to access due to bluetooth contention. 

If you can see NMEA is output at putty app, close putty app and run Collector. 

The same thing applies to Android platform. You can use External GPS - Bluetooth GPS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=googoo.android.btgps&hl=en at Android platform to test NMEA output. 

Conn

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