Global receiver parameters

This page describes GNSS-SDR global parameters.

The notation is as follows: for a global parameter XXX with value YY, its entry in the configuration file is:

GNSS-SDR.XXX=YY

If a parameter is not specified in the configuration file, it takes its default value.

Sampling rate of the GNSS baseband engine

In the current design, all the processing Channels need to accept streams of samples at the same rate. This is not necessarily the same as the sampling frequency of the Signal Source, since the Signal Conditioner block can apply some resampling. Please note that this is a mandatory parameter, it needs to be present in the configuration file.

Parameter Description Required
internal_fs_sps Input sample rate to the processing channels, in samples per second. Mandatory

Global GNSS-SDR parameters.

Example in the configuration file:

GNSS-SDR.internal_fs_sps=4000000

Assisted GNSS with XML files

IMPORTANT: This feature is only available from the next branch of GNSS-SDR’s repository, so it is not present in the current stable release.

GNSS-SDR can read assistance data from Extensible Markup Language (XML) files for faster Time-To-First-Fix, and can store navigation data decoded from GNSS signals in the same format. Check this folder for XML Schemas describing those XML files structure.

Parameter Description Required
AGNSS_XML_enabled [true, false]: If set to true, it enables the load of GNSS assistance data cia local XML files. It defaults to false. Optional
AGNSS_gps_ephemeris_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for GPS NAV ephemeris data. It defaults to gps_ephemeris.xml Optional
AGNSS_gps_iono_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML of the XML that will be read for GPS Ionosphere model data. It defaults to gps_iono.xml Optional
AGNSS_gps_utc_model_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for GPS UTC model data. It defaults to gps_utc_model.xml Optional
AGNSS_gal_ephemeris_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for Galileo ephemeris data. It defaults to gal_ephemeris.xml Optional
AGNSS_gal_iono_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML of the XML that will be read for Galileo Ionosphere model data. It defaults to gal_iono.xml Optional
AGNSS_gal_utc_model_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for Galileo UTC model data. It defaults to gal_utc_model.xml Optional
AGNSS_gps_cnav_ephemeris_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for GPS CNAV ephemeris data. It defaults to gps_cnav_ephemeris.xml Optional
AGNSS_cnav_utc_model_xml If AGNSS_XML_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read for GPS UTC model data. It defaults to gps_cnav_utc_model.xml Optional

Global GNSS-SDR parameters: Assisted GNSS via XML files.

Example in the configuration file:

GNSS-SDR.AGNSS_XML_enabled=true

Assisted GNSS with SUPL v1.0

One way of accelerating a GNSS receiver’s Time-To-First-Fix is to use assistance data from a Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) server. SUPL is a standard produced by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) that allows a device such as a mobile phone to connect to a location server using the TCP/IP protocol, and to request assistance data for location.

In order to retrieve that information from a SUPL server, the device to be located needs to send some information, namely its Location Area Identity (which uniquely identifies a location area within a mobile network, and consists of the Mobile Country Code, the Mobile Network Code and the Location Area Code) and the Cell ID to which the device is connected.

These parameters are defined as follows:

  • The Mobile Country Code (MCC) is used in wireless telephone networks (GSM, CDMA, UMTS, LTE, etc.) in order to identify the country which a mobile subscriber belongs to. Defined by the ITU-T Recommendation E.212, this code is an integer number (three digits) represented with 16 bits.

  • The Mobile Network Code (MNC) is used for the international identification of networks. Jointly with the MCC, these parameters are used to to uniquely identify a mobile network operator. This code is an integer of two or three digits, depending on the country.

  • The Location Area Code (LAC) is a unique number of current local area. The served area of a cellular radio network is usually divided into location areas. Location areas are comprised of one or several radio cells, and each location area is given a unique number within the network - the LAC. Please note that in some networks, the LAC is called Tracking Area Code (TAC). Both the LAC and TAC share the same concept of providing the location code of a base station set. The only difference between LAC and TAC is that the LAC is the terminology used in GSM/UMTS while the TAC is the terminology used in LTE networks.

  • The Cell ID (CID) is a generally unique number used to identify each Base Transceiver Station (BTS) or sector of a BTS within a location area code. While BTS is the terminology for GSM networks, this is called Node B in UMTS and eNode B in LTE networks. Valid values for the CID range from to , that is, (), on GSM and CDMA networks and from to , that is, (), on UMTS and LTE networks.

Those values can be easily retrieved using any net monitor on a smartphone. There are a lot of apps that can do that (an example here). These applications are able to provide the required MMC, MNC, LAC and CI parameters for your location. A list of MCC and MNC around the World can be found at mcc-mnc.com and at the Wikipedia.

GNSS-SDR is a SUPL Enabled Terminal (SET) receiver that can use a TCP/IP network connection to retrieve Assisted GPS data from a remote server via the Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) v1.0 and hence accelerate its Time-To-First-Fix. SUPL v1.0 only applies to GPS L1 C/A assistance.

GNSS-SDR configuration parameters for Assisted GNSS with SUPL v1.0 are shown below:

Parameter Description Required
SUPL_gps_enabled [true, false]: If set to true, it enables requests of GPS assistance data to a SUPL v1.0 server. It defaults to false. Optional
SUPL_read_gps_assistance_xml [true, false]: If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter enables searching for local XML files instead of requesting data to the SUPL server. It defaults to false. Optional
SUPL_gps_ephemeris_server If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the SUPL server asked for ephemeris data. It defaults to supl.google.com. Optional
SUPL_gps_ephemeris_port If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the port of the SUPL_gps_ephemeris_server server. It defaults to 7275. Optional
SUPL_gps_acquisition_server If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the SUPL server asked for acquisition assistance data. It defaults to supl.google.com. Optional
SUPL_gps_acquisition_port If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the port of the SUPL_gps_acquisition_server server. It defaults to 7275. Optional
SUPL_MCC If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the Mobile Country Code (MCC) to be sent to the SUPL server. It defaults to 244. Optional
SUPL_MNC If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the Mobile Network Code (MNC) to be sent to the SUPL server. It defaults to 5. Optional
SUPL_LAC If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the Location Area Code (LAC) to be sent to the SUPL server. It defaults to 0x59e2. Optional
SUPL_CI If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the Cell ID to be sent to the SUPL server. It defaults to 0x31b0. Optional
SUPL_gps_ephemeris_xml If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read/written if the SUPL assistance gets the GPS NAV ephemeris data. It defaults to gps_ephemeris.xml. Optional
SUPL_gps_iono_xml If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read/written if the SUPL assistance gets the GPS Ionosphere model data. It defaults to gps_iono.xml. Optional
SUPL_gps_utc_model_xml If SUPL_gps_enabled is set to true, this parameter sets the name of the XML that will be read/written if the SUPL assistance gets the GPS UTC model data. It defaults to gps_utc_model.xml. Optional

Global GNSS-SDR parameters: Assisted GPS via SUPL V1.0.

LAC and CI may be presented in a decimal or hexadecimal form, and the GNSS-SDR configuration accepts both. Setting GNSS-SDR.SUPL_LAC=0x59e2 is equivalent to GNSS-SDR.SUPL_LAC=23010.

An example of GNSS-SDR configuration file follows:

GNSS-SDR.SUPL_gps_enabled=true
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_read_gps_assistance_xml=false
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_gps_ephemeris_server=supl.google.com
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_gps_ephemeris_port=7275
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_gps_acquisition_server=supl.google.com
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_gps_acquisition_port=7275
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_MCC=244
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_MNC=5
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_LAC=0x59e2
GNSS-SDR.SUPL_CI=0x31b0

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