Emlid Launches REACH RS2 Multi-Band RTK GNSS Receiver with Centimeter Precision
For New Zealand its a non-starter given the radio frequencies we have to use are 463-470mHz range and cell coverage may be ok in the cities but not for rural work. Guessing the frequencies must suit the US or Europe users?
Well, it turns out the new Emlid is the real-deal... or at least real enough.
I had been pestering Emlid to get a hold of a pair of them to see if they were an improvement on the older models... to see if they were closer to survey-grade, rather than the older mapping grade ones. They did not have any in the US (yet), but their rep was at a UAS conference last week, and I asked a surveyor bud (who was attending) to take the one they had outside and shoot both ends of a tape, then check inverses. They connected to a local base, and got results within 0.02-0.03' every time. Limited features for sure, probably limited support (until they have more a presence in the US), but a new realm of price point...
Of course, this is just a cursory glance, and they did not check vertical, or under varied conditions, but it does show that the u-blox Zed chip is at least living up to its specs.
Based on these prelim results, I'm requesting a pair to put under more formal tests. Cautiously excited.
Emlid is not alone in the affordable rover space, so we may just be seeing the rise ahead of a big wave of such things.