Latest Update Summary on Emlid GNSS
We will regularly update this page in order to keep you informed on changes to Emlid firmware and software for products including the Emlid Reach RS2, RS2+, Reach RX, and Emlid Flow.
This won't be an exhaustive list of all the minor changes, but rather hit on key changes and updates.
ReachView3 > Emlid Flow Standard / Flow Survey
ReachView3 > Emlid Flow Standard - This is really just a name change. You can still use Emlid Flow just like ReachView3 and it is free forever. One new thing you will see are new features available for Flow Survey and the option to pay for the upgrade to Flow Survey.
Emlid Flow Survey - Emlid Flow Survey includes a handful of new features that you must pay to unlock ($25/month or $240/year). The new feature breakdown and comparison can be found here.
Reach Firmware 30 Release for Reach RS2/RS2+
Firmware Updating Update - This is most useful for first time setup. In the past, the fist time update required you to connect the RS2 to the internet in order to finish the first time use process. This step has always been less than ideal. With this update, you don't need to connect the RS2 to the internet in order to update it. Run a firmware reflash in order to update the unit to the latest firmware. Then, when you connect to the RS2 you can skip step 2 where it asks to connect to the internet. Just tap on the number 3 and it will pass you to the next step.
Faster Boot Time - The RS2 boots faster.
Battery Indication Improvement - Some battery indication bugs have been fixed on this version. If your battery doesn't indicate a full charge after overnight charging, or if there is a major LED drop after just a short time in the cold, this update may solve that issue.
Reach Firmware 29 Release for Reach RS2/RS2+
Bluetooth Connection to RS2/RS2+ - For existing users who are quite comfortable with the Wi-Fi method, there isn't any great urgency to start using Bluteooth, but for new users, this smooths out some issues. It allows you to connect the RS2 to Emlid Flow over bluetooth. There are some panels in Emlid Flow that you can't access over bluetooth, so you will still have to use WiFi for those. But, one important function is the NTRIP over Bluetooth option. Now when you want to provide NTRIP (aka VRS) corrections to the RS2, as long as the phone/tablet has internet access it will transmit those to the RS2 over bluetooth. There is no need to connect a hotspot to the RS2, or insert a SIM card. Emlid hasn't given this a great deal of publicity. Perhaps it is still in a sort of beta process now, but it seems to work really well and it is on the stable version of firmware. You do have to go to a hidden panel on Emlid Flow in order to enable the bluetooth connection. See the video below on NTRIP over Bluetooth to see how to activate and use it.
Local NTRIP V2.0 - This allows you to connect your Autel RTK drone to the RS2 over local NTRIP (no internet required), whereas before you had to use Emlid Caster (internet required). This will work just like it does with DJI RTK drones as shown in the below video.