Getting Started With Arduino MKR 1400 GPS Shield

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Arduino team has just launched a low power GPS shield for Arduino MKR series of boards. Couple of months ago, we discussed about the MKR ENV shield which helps builder and DIY enthusiast to quickly prototype environment sensing projects on Arduino MKR and MKR therm shield which Arduino launched very recently for extended and precise range of temperature monitoring projects. Today, we are going to talk about low power MKR GPS Shield which Arduino launched recently for helping maker quickly build and prototype geo-referenced based projects.

If you are an IoT enthusiast who want to quickly and easily prototype a location based project like vehicle tracking then this shield will be the right thing for you. The Arduino MKR GPS Shield is based on the u-blox SAM-M8Q GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module.

This module is designed to operate with different positioning services concurrently. It receives and processes the signals from GPSGLONASS and Galileo. It interfaces with Arduino boards either through a serial interface, when used with headers and put on top of a MKR board, or through an I2C interface and a dedicated ESLOV cable supplied as bundle.

The Arduino_MKRGPS library handles the two different interfaces and offer a consistent set of APIs designed for a full usage of the GPS acquired information. Detailed specs of this shield is given below – 

Connectors

ESLOV

MKR headers

Input Voltage 3.3V
Operating Voltage 3.3V
Backup battery CR1216
Communication

Serial1

I2C / DCC

GNSS receiver u-blox SAM-M8Q
Length 45 mm
Width 25 mm
Weight 14 gr.

Arduino MKR GPS shield cost only $33.35 and available on Android store for purchase. If you decide to build something using using this shield do post in comment and we can discuss further. Happy Building.

Also read – 

Arduino GSM Board For Cellular IoT Projects – Arduino MKR GSM 1400

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