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Autel EVO II Enterprise and Reach RS2/RS2+ base integration

This guide shows how to set up Reach RS2/RS2+ as a base for the Autel EVO II Enterprise drone to geotag drone images for further mapping in photogrammetry software.

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It is also possible to use the Autel EVO II RTK Series drone with Reach RS2/RS2+ base.

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Learn more about RTK and PPK in the guides below:

Overview

Autel EVO II Enterprise uses NTRIP to receive corrections, which allows you to use Reach as a base station. Reach can send NTRIP corrections via Emlid Caster through the Internet or using the Local NTRIP option in ReachView 3 without connection to the Internet.

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To use the Local NTRIP option, the base and the rover should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To set up your Reach as a base for the Autel EVO II Enterprise drone, you will need the following:

  • Autel EVO II Enterprise drone as a rover
  • Controller
  • Reach RS2/RS2+ as a base
  • A smartphone or tablet with the ReachView 3 app installed
  • Internet connection on both Reach RS2/RS2+ and Autel Smart Controller if you use Emlid Caster
  • Access to Emlid Caster

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Set up Reach RS2/RS2+ as base

Reach RS2/RS2+ can send NTRIP corrections via Emlid Caster or using the Local NTRIP option in ReachView 3. The difference is that Emlid Caster requires an Internet connection, and Local NTRIP allows you to set up RTK without an internet connection. Select the method depending on your use case and follow the steps below.

Set up Reach RS2/RS2+ as base using Local NTRIP

To set up your Reach as a base for the Autel EVO II Enterprise drone using the Local NTRIP option in ReachView 3, follow the steps below:

  1. Place your Reach on the tripod and provide it with a clear sky view.

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    Learn more about base placement in the Placement and Placing the base articles.

  2. Open ReachView 3 and connect to your Reach.

  3. Tap Base output and select the Local NTRIP option.

  4. Tap the Information button to access the page with rover credentials.

  5. Connect Autel Smart Controller to the same Wi-Fi network as your Reach.

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    To ensure proper connection, keep the distance between the drone’s controller and your base within several meters.

Set up Reach RS2/RS2+ as base using Emlid Caster

To set up your Reach as a base for Autel EVO II Enterprise using Emlid Caster, you need to get access to Emlid Caster and get NTRIP credentials. Follow the steps below:

  1. Access Emlid Caster and get NTRIP credentials for both base and rover.

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    To learn more, check the Emlid Caster docs.

  2. Place your Reach on the tripod and provide it with a clear sky view.

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    Learn more about base placement in the Placement and Placing the base guides.

  3. Open ReachView 3 and connect to your receiver.

  4. Connect your Reach to the Internet.

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    To learn more about connecting your Reach RS2/RS2+ to the Internet, check the following guides:

  5. On the Receivers screen, tap Base output and select the NTRIP option.

  6. Tap the Edit button and insert the NTRIP credentials for the base.


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    To ensure successful corrections transmitting, double-check the credentials you entered.

Once you place and set up your base, you can proceed to the drone’s setup.

Set up Autel EVO II Enterprise as rover

To set up your Autel EVO II Enterprise as a rover, follow the steps below:

  1. Attach the RTK Module to your drone.

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    Skip this step, if you use the Autel EVO II RTK Series drone.

  2. Connect the controller to your drone.

  3. Open the Autel Explorer app. Tap the Camera button.

  4. To open the Settings screen, tap the gear icon in the top right corner.

  5. Go to the RTK screen.

  6. Turn on the RTK Aircraft Feature option. In RTK connection options, choose Custom Network RTK option and fill in the NTRIP credentials.

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    Fill in the credentials you obtained when accessing Emlid Caster or enabling the Local NTRIP option in ReachView 3. Make sure that you use the credentials for the rover.

  7. Tap Login.

  8. The login success message will appear if the base is successfully connected. RTK Network Status should change to the Connection successful state.

Perform Flight

When you set up communication between your Reach and a drone, you can perform the flight. Provide Autel EVO II Enterprise with a clear sky view and proceed to the mission.

Once the flight is completed, you can download the geotagged images and use them for further mapping in photogrammetry software.

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To create a map using Pix4DMapper, check the Creating the map tutorial.

Credits

We want to thank Dave Pitman for sharing his experience of using the Autel Robotics drone as a survey tool with Reach RS2/RS2+.