Septentrio open-source software and hardware aimed at autonomous applications - GPS World

Septentrio open-source software and hardware aimed at autonomous applications

October 21, 2020  - By

Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS positioning solutions, is offering two open-source resources for its GPS/GNSS module receivers.

  • The first, ROSaic, is a Robot Operating System (ROS) driver for the mosaic-X5 module as well as other Septentrio GNSS receivers.
  • The second project, mosaicHAT, is an open source hardware reference design combining mosaic-X5 with a Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

Both projects facilitate integration of centimeter-level reliable positioning into robotic and other machine automation applications.

Photo: Septentrio

Photo: Septentrio

ROSaic driver operates on ROS, a widely used programming environment within the industry as well as academics, commonly used for integrating robot technology and developing advanced robotics and autonomous systems. ROS allows data from numerous sensors to be combined allowing high levels of autonomy.

The mosaicHAT project facilitates accurate and reliable GNSS positioning for robotics and automation on a hardware level. Numerous engineers today use Raspberry Pi for prototyping and initial integrations. The mosaicHAT board is an easy way for integrators to get started with Septentrio’s mosaic-X5 GNSS module.

By plugging mosaicHAT into a compatible Raspberry Pi, users have access to high-accuracy positioning with a high update rate, ideal for machine navigation and control, the company said. The small 56×65 mm board exposes basic interfaces such as USB, serial and general-purpose communication pins. The reference design, footprint and documentation are available for easy board printing or further customization.

“We are excited about both the ROSaic driver and the mosaicHAT being part of the GitHub community and we highly appreciate the initial authors work as well as the future contributors,” said Gustavo Lopez, market access manager at Septentrio. “Both projects are available as open source, thus empowering the community to easily fit autonomous or robotic systems with highly accurate and reliable GNSS positioning technology.”

The ROSaic driver is available on the ROS wiki page and on the Septentrio GitHub repository while the mosaicHAT can be found here.

ROS is a trademark of Open Robotics. Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi organization.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.