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Edge1 Base Station Basics


In this article, we cover the following basic information for Edge1:

  1. Powering on the Edge1 Base Station
  2. Edge1 Base Station Ports
  3. Charging the Edge1 Base Station
  4. Edge1 LED Settings
  5. Edge1 PPK Logging
  6. Edge1 Processing Settings

1. Powering on the Edge1 Base Station

To power on the Edge1 base station, tap on the power button once, and then immediately press and hold the power button for 4 seconds. After you let go, the white light around the power button should not be flashing.

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2. Edge1 Base Station Ports

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The access the ports on the Edge1, lift up the weather-resistant cover. Here’s the breakdown of each port’s function:

  1. USB 2.0: Import raw data and export processed data (point clouds, 3D mesh, ortho, etc).
  2. USB 3.0: Import raw data and export processed data (point clouds, 3D mesh, ortho, etc).
  3. MicroSD: Import and export processed data (point clouds, 3D mesh, ortho, etc).
  4. MicroUSB: used for maintenance and support connections.
  5. HDMI: used for maintenance and support connections, but in the future will enable video transfer.
  6. Ethernet: Used for Internet connectivity.
  7. SIM: Used for the SIM card for the LTE module.

Note: The only difference between the two USB ports is that USB 3.0 is faster than USB 2.0.

3. Charging the Edge1 Base Station

To charge the Edge1, lift the flap at the bottom and connect the charging cable to the circular port (see picture below). 25% battery level of Edge1 is indicated by a white flashing light around the power button.

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4. Edge1 LED Settings

There are three LED indicator lights located around the Edge1 Base Station (as demonstrated in the picture below).

Color of LED indicator lights

Function

Solid blue

Edge1 is powered on and ready to use

Flashing green

Edge1 has started PPK logging  

Flashing blue

Edge1 is acquiring RTK logs

 

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5. Edge1 PPK Logging

The Edge1 has two ways of getting PPK Logs for High Accuracy processing, you will need to choose one of the following workflows, please note that both workflows yield the same accurate results, most of the time the decision of using one over the other is determined by the configuration of your mapping site.

 

Self Position Mode

In this mode, the Edge1 will automatically determine its own position and will begin recording the PPK logs by itself. For this mode Edge1 requires an inserted SIM card with LTE connectivity and a Network RTK account previously set in the settings menu.

 

RTK credentials set up

Before using the Edge1 in self position mode for the first time, RTK credentials need to be entered. Contact you RTK provider to acquire the following information:

  • Host
  • Port
  • Mountpoint (to receive RTCM 3.x)
  • Username
  • Password

Follow these simple five steps to prepare the Edge1 to be used in self positioning mode.

  1. Open the Edge1 app and navigate to the “settings” tab.
  2. Scroll down to “RTK ACCOUNTS” section.
  3. Tap the “ADD NEW” button.  (Fig. 1)
  4. Give an alias to that account and enter the credentials.  (Fig. 2)
  5. Tap the “Save Account” button.

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                           (Fig. 1)                                                                 (Fig. 2)

 

Known Point Mode

In this mode, the user can make use of the Edge1 to generate PPK base logs even in areas with no LTE or Network RTK coverage. For this mode the Edge1 requires a previously surveyed point, the location should be manually specified in WGS-84 coordinate system in decimal degree format. If you know the altitude of the point on the ground below the tripod then you’ll need to adjust to get the altitude of the Edge1’s antenna phase center which is 17.3cm.

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6. Edge1 Processing Settings

When processing on the Edge, you can choose a from the following settings for processing quality and density. Note that it will take longer to process your data if you choose High processing quality and High Point Cloud Density.

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