03 - VBOX Sigma Getting Started
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VBOX Sigma is supplied with a GNSS antenna (RLACS308) which is connected to the SMA socket on the bottom of the unit.
The first time that the unit is used, it may take up to 10–15 minutes to fully acquire satellites. After this, it will usually take 1–2 minutes to acquire satellites.
Placement of the GNSS antenna is crucial to the quality of the data recorded by VBOX Sigma. Any metal close to a GNSS antenna can disturb the signal in an unpredictable way due to interference from reflections of weak GNSS signals.
For the best results, use the antenna in the centre of a metal roof at least 5 cm away from any roof bars or radio antennas. Do not mount the antenna close to the edge of the roof as reflections from the ground may interfere with the signals. Avoid the edges as reflections from the A-pillars will cause problems.
Mount the antenna as high up as possible and keep above any roll bars. Pieces of metal close to and above an antenna will badly disrupt the GNSS signal.
If the vehicle being used does not have a metal roof, then place the GNSS antenna on a flat piece of metal at least 10 cm in diameter. If this is not possible, copper or aluminium foil can be used to create a shaped ground plane underneath the antenna. For example, on a fibreglass roof, mount the antenna on top of the roof, and place some adhesive backed metal foil underneath, on the inside of the roof.
Acquiring Satellite Lock
Tall buildings or trees can block GNSS signals, causing a reduction in the number and quality of satellites being tracked, leading to inaccurate position measurements and a noisy velocity signal.
GNSS works best in open areas/ Avoid tree lined roads
VBOX Sigma is also supplied with a cellular antenna antenna (ANTMSTUBSMAM), which is connected to the SMA socket on the top of the unit.
VBOX Sigma logs data via an SD card inserted in to the bottom of the unit. Dependent on the Logging Strategy selected within the VBO Log Settings area of the Wi-Fi hotspot configuration interface, the unit will either log continuously or when movement is detected. Logging can also be started/stopped using the Square Button on the front of the unit.
SD Card Format
VBOX Sigma is supplied with an 8 GB SDHC card in a FAT32 file format, which is the only file format supported.
If you are looking to purchase a new SD card, it is recommended that any card used has a write speed of above 7 MB/s (4 MB/s absolute minimum) and a speed class of 10 (4 absolute minimum). Racelogic recommend SD cards from quality brands such as Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston or Lexar to ensure best results.
IMPORTANT – If an SD card is formatted in the exFAT or NTFS file formats, it will need to be reformatted into a FAT32 file system before it will work with a VBOX Sigma unit.
SDHC cards (2 GB to 32 GB)
Supplied or purchased SDHC cards are formatted in the FAT32 file format. This format is supported by VBOX Sigma.
SDXC cards (64 GB and above)
Purchased SDXC cards will be formatted in exFAT or NTFS file formats; these formats are not supported by VBOX Sigma (please reformat as per instructions below).
SD Card Reformatting
- FAT32 reformatting for media with sizes up to 32 GB can be done directly within Windows by right clicking on the media and selecting 'Format'.
- If you would like to format media with sizes above 32 GB in to a FAT32 file system, this isn't something that can be done directly within Windows as it is not the standard formatting for the file. However, many third party software programs can be used to reformat media to allow them to work correctly with our products - we can recommend This Tool as a free option from the SD card organisation.
VBOX Sigma logs channels to an inserted SD card within a .vbo file, channel information is available below:
- Satellites: This is the number of satellites in use.
- Time: This is UTC time since midnight in the form HHMMSS.SS.
- Latitude: Latitude in minutes MMMM.MMMMMMMM +ve = North e.g. 3169.30644410M = 52D, 49M, 18.4S.
- Longitude: Longitude in minutes MMMMM.MMMMMMMM +ve = West e.g. 00040.18164742M = 00D, 40M, 10.9S.
- Velocity: Velocity in km/h.
- Heading: Heading in degrees with respect to North.
- Height: Height above sea level in meters based on the WGS84 model of the earth used by VBOX GNSS engines.
- Vertical velocity: Vertical velocity in m/s. +ve velocity uphill, -ve velocity downhill.
- Solution type: Indicator for what the unit is currently using to derive position: 0 = No sats; 1 = Standalone using GNSS only; 2 = SBAS; 3 = RTK Float (RTK but not full resolution); 4 = RTK Fixed.
- CorrectionsAge: RTK signal age in seconds received from the NTRIP server.
More information on the VBO file format can be found here.
VBOX Sigma can either use the internal 4G modem via a Standard SIM card or a Wi-Fi connection to acquire the NTRIP correction messages from the server. If you are intending to use the internal 4G modem, you will need to use your own data Standard SIM card. Insert this in to the slot on the top of the unit, with the logo facing the front screen side/ contact facing the rear, chamfered edge in first.
IMPORTANT - If the Standard type SIM card you are using has the facility to be broken down in to a Micro/Nano SIM, ensure that SIM card is stable when inserting in to the modem as the Micro/Nano SIM could become detached from the card within the unit.
The VBOX Sigma unit can be either powered from the 3-way hirose connector on the bottom of the unit using the supplied RLCAB010H cable which is inserted in to a vehicle's 12 V cigar power socket, from the USB socket on the top of the unit using the supplied TTV1AM20MB31 cable, or through the 6-way hirose connector on the bottom of the unit if being connected to another VBOX to provide NTRIP correction messages.
IMPORTANT USB INFORMATION
Once power is applied to the unit, it will display VBOX and Racelogic logos along with the serial number and firmware version of the unit.
If the unit is configured to use both the internal GSM modem and an external Wi-Fi hotspot, it will attempt to auto connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot first on power up. Configuration of VBOX Sigma is performed using a Wi-Fi hotspot access point created by the unit. You can then log in to this access point using your phone or a computer. A webpage is then used to configure the unit to either use the internal GSM modem or an external Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to your chosen correction service. Other settings options include CAN and VBO log settings along with status information. Settings are retained after a power cycle, more information on this is available here.