Using the GPS Expansion
The GPS expansion from Onion features a ublox neo GPS module, which allows seamless integration into your Omega projects. This Expansion outputs GPS data in the form of NMEA messages, which include all relevant information (latitude, longtitude, etc). We have prepared a package called
ogps to handle the NMEA messages and offer up the relevant information to the user via
ubus calls in the command-line.
You can learn more about the technical specifications of the GPS expansion in our GPS Expansion hardware overview
Reading the Raw Output of the GPS Expansion
The device driver will already be installed and Linux should recognize the device automatically. To double check, run the following command.
You should see a device called “ttyACM0”. This is our GPS expansion.
At this point you can read the raw output of the GPS using
And you’ll see something that looks like the following:
This is the NMEA output, and it’s quite hard to read. Luckily we’ve got a utility that will translate this data into useful information.
Reading NMEA Data Using
You can also use
ogps to access relevant data offered up by the GPS via
ubus calls. To install
ogps enter the following commands.
opkg update opkg install ogps
You can now access the GPS information through
ubus. To make sure the
gps service has initialized, run the following command, which will list all the available
You should see the
gps service listed:
If you don’t see
gps listed, you’ll need to restart your
rpcd service in order to refresh the list:
If this doesn’t work, try reinstalling the
ogps package by running the following commands:
opkg remove ogps opkg update opkg install ogps
First, make sure your GPS Expansion is connected! Then, to access the data you’ll need to
call the correct service with the following command:
ubus call gps info
If the GPS is not locked, the command will return
signal=false. In this case you may need to give the GPS more time to lock onto a satellite; try it again after 10 seconds. If this still doesn’t work, you will need to move to a more open area where the GPS Expansion can see more satellites.
You may need to go outside in order to lock the GPS signal.
Otherwise you should have an output that looks like this.
Note: If you’ve used the GPS Expansion with the Omega1, you may remember some hardware stability issues regarding the GPS Expansion. This is no longer the case with the Omega2 and Omega2+.