Grove - GPS

This Grove - GPS module is a cost-efficient and field-programmable gadget armed with a SIM28 (u-blox 6 is the old version) and serial communication configuration. It features 22 tracking / 66 acquisition channel GPS receiver. The sensitivity of tracking and acquisition both reach up to -160dBm, making it a great choice for personal navigation projects and location services, as well as an outstanding one among products of the same price class.




Parameter Range/Value
Input Voltage 3.3/5V
BaudRate 4800 - 57600(u-blox version)
BaudRate 9600 - 115200(SIM28 version)
Default BaudRate 9600

Platforms Supported

Getting Started

Following documents help in getting the user started with Grove.


With Arduino

This sample simply reads from the GPS using software serial and sends it back out on the serial port.

1. Connect the Grove-GPS to Digital I/O 2 on the Grove - Base Shield using a Grove Universal 4 pin cable.

2. Upload the code below. Please click here if you do not know how to upload.

// link between the computer and the SoftSerial Shield
//at 9600 bps 8-N-1
//Computer is connected to Hardware UART
//SoftSerial Shield is connected to the Software UART:D2&D3
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
SoftwareSerial SoftSerial(2, 3);
unsigned char buffer[64];                   // buffer array for data receive over serial port
int count=0;                                // counter for buffer array
void setup()
    SoftSerial.begin(9600);                 // the SoftSerial baud rate
    Serial.begin(9600);                     // the Serial port of Arduino baud rate.
void loop()
    if (SoftSerial.available())                     // if date is coming from software serial port ==> data is coming from SoftSerial shield
        while(SoftSerial.available())               // reading data into char array
            buffer[count++];      // writing data into array
            if(count == 64)break;
        Serial.write(buffer,count);                 // if no data transmission ends, write buffer to hardware serial port
        clearBufferArray();                         // call clearBufferArray function to clear the stored data from the array
        count = 0;                                  // set counter of while loop to zero
    if (Serial.available())                 // if data is available on hardware serial port ==> data is coming from PC or notebook
    SoftSerial.write(;        // write it to the SoftSerial shield
void clearBufferArray()                     // function to clear buffer array
    for (int i=0; i<count;i++)
    { buffer[i]=NULL;}                      // clear all index of array with command NULL
1) Click Receiver -> Port and select the COM port that the Arduino is using.
2) Click Receiver -> Baudrate and make sure 9600 is selected.
3) Click View -> Text Console and you should get a window that will stream NMEA data.
4) Open the serial monitor,You can see as show below:
1) Click File -> Database Export -> Google Earth KML
2) This Should launch Google Earth with the history that was captured by u-center.
3) Alternatively, data can be recorded by pressing the red circle on the toolbar which will then ask you where you want to save the record.
4) When you have captured enough data, click the black square to stop recording.
5) You can then convert the .ubx file generated to KML by using uploading the ubx file to GPSVisualizer

With Raspberry Pi

1. You need a Raspberry Pi and a GrovePi or GrovePi+.
2. You should have completed configuring the development environment, otherwise follow here.
3. Connection

4. Navigate to the demos' directory:

   cd yourpath/GrovePi/Software/Python/
   nano   # "Ctrl+x" to exit #
import serial, time
import smbus
import math
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
import struct
import sys
ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyAMA0',  9600, timeout = 0)	#Open the serial port at 9600 baud
class GPS:
	#The GPS module used is a Grove GPS module
	# Refer to SIM28 NMEA spec file
	#Read data from the GPS
	def read(self):	
		while True:
			if GPS.inp[:6] =='$GPGGA': # GGA data , packet 1, has all the data we need
			ind=GPS.inp.index('$GPGGA',5,len(GPS.inp))	#Sometimes multiple GPS data packets come into the stream. Take the data only after the last '$GPGGA' is seen
		except ValueError:
			print ""
		GPS.GGA=GPS.inp.split(",")	#Split the stream into individual parts
		return [GPS.GGA]
	#Split the data into individual elements
	def vals(self):
		return [time,fix,sats,alt,lat,lat_ns,long,long_ew]
f=open("gps_data.csv",'w')	#Open file to log the data
f.write("name,latitude,longitude\n")	#Write the header to the top of the file
while True:
	try:	#Read from GPS
		[t,fix,sats,alt,lat,lat_ns,long,long_ew]=g.vals()	#Get the individial values
		print "Time:",t,"Fix status:",fix,"Sats in view:",sats,"Altitude",alt,"Lat:",lat,lat_ns,"Long:",long,long_ew
		f.write(s)	#Save to file
	except IndexError:
		print "Unable to read"
	except KeyboardInterrupt:
		print "Exiting"

5. Run the demo.

   sudo python

6. Result

SIM28 module Note:

1. GPS Bee has change the module as SIM28 which the same footprint as origin version.
2. You should use "SIMCom GPS DEMO" tools to receive SIM28 module data.
3. Open SIMCom_GPS_DEMO tools, go to Module->properties->module->select SIM28.

4. Open SIMCom_GPS_DEMO tools, go to Module->connect. Select the serial port which the GPS module used.


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