Beast Mode RTK is available only via our TRIUMPH-2 and TRIUMPH-1M base station. It makes ambiguity resolution up to 5 times faster because base station transmits base data 5 times per second. 5-Hz Beast Mode RTK is totally different from the up to 100-Hz RTK that is done by extrapolating the same 1-Hz data 100 times per second AFTER the ambiguities are fixed. This extrapolation technique does not improve the ambiguity resolution speed and is mainly used in applications like machine control after the ambiguities are fixed.

Beast Mode True 5Hz RTK - Beast Mode RTK gets the job done faster and makes the improbable possible by getting fixed solutions five times faster.

In the open spaces, modern RTK engines from all manufacturers fix with impressive speed and reliability, often able to resolve ambiguities (i.e. “get a fixed solution”) in less than 10 seconds. In marginal spaces (the real world of land surveying), differences become more apparent, as various engines apply differing techniques for reducing multipath and determining the correct carrier wavelengths between the base and rover. In truly challenging environments, overhead tree canopy can make RTK entirely impotent.

Javad’s Beat Mode is like a turbocharger for RTK. Just as a turbocharger forces air into the cylinders of a combustion engine to improve output power, Beast Mode forces more reference station corrections into the RTK engine to produce fixes at the rover much, much faster. The improvement is virtually linear: in open, GNSS friendly environments, a fix time of about 10 seconds with corrections streaming in at a rate of once per second (1Hz) will be reduced to about 2 seconds when the corrections are increased to a rate of five times per second (5Hz).

The practical difference, while surveying in hospitable places, between 10 seconds and only two is minimal. However, in harsh environments with obstructions (satellite signals are blocked entirely) and multipath (satellite signals are reflected), fix times increase dramatically, often requiring several minutes for a single fixed solution, if the rover can resolve ambiguities at all. Along with time to fix, the need for redundancy to verify the fix requires time as well. In these situations, where surveyors find themselves most often, Beast Mode shines, as it reduces time to fix by 80%!

On-the-fly (OTF) initializations require synchronized corrections to the rover’s observation. If there is any latency in the correction, RTK cannot resolve ambiguities and the rover must wait until the next correction is available to attempt to fix. This is the significant difference between high rate correction transmission used by Beast Mode, and the high rate position solution offered by most GNSS manufacturers. Many rovers are capable of delivering positions at 20Hz or higher. These positions are extrapolated from the last fixed solution. If the fix is lost, these receivers must wait until a new correction is received before a fixed solution can be obtained. Regardless of the position rate, fix times will be no different from a position rate of 1Hz. A receiver with a position rate of 20Hz will require the same amount of time to fix as if the receiver were set to 1Hz. Furthermore, because these positions are extrapolated from the same correction, making each epoch between corrections highly correlated, their usefulness in averaging a position is minimal. It’s like averaging the same number again and again. Ten extrapolated positions will not be as robust as 10 positions using current corrections. Extrapolated positions are mostly useful for mobile applications, such as aerial photogrammetry and mobile scanning. Beast Mode’s high rate transmit, on the other hand, is not extrapolated. Five times per second, the rover is solving a position using synchronized base corrections. This makes each epoch much more useful for position averaging.

There are still many places a surveyor encounters that are simply not suitable for RTK. Surveyors must use discretion to judge which places are practical and which are not. Beast Mode RTK has reduced these shadowy places significantly by using brute force, turbocharging the RTK engine to perform in ways previously unknown.

Shawn Billings, RPLS

Well this just about has to be the most amazing single improvement I have observed.

I am most assuredly getting faster fixes under tree cover. And the ability to collect 5 times as many honest epochs in the same time period is wonderful.

My quick little test doing 3 epoch, lift to start topography actually made me laugh because it is so fast.

The only thing users need to know is that if they must use the RTK Delay setting of None for the allowable correction age, otherwise they will only see 1Hz updates. As Javad told us, extrapolate is a sin we should avoid.

I have a feeling that we are now seeing fixes, that are actually occurring 5 times as fast under tree cover. In my "bad spot" under a tree, I am making it through 10 resets in less than 10 seconds. This is simply amazing.

John Evers, PLS

In a test I just did under a tree, I would reset the RTK engines and use a stopwatch to time how long it took 2 engines to fix.

With 1 Hz it was averaging over 30 seconds and with 5 Hz it is in few seconds.
Mine is up and running fine. This thing is so fast now it is hard to believe!

Matthew D. Sibole, PLS

Be aware that increasing the transmission rate increases the battery usage of the radio and will also increase the heat generated inside it. For 2 Hz corrections you should use D8PSK or D16QAM modulation. D16QAM has the most bandwidth and is required for 5 Hz transmissions but may reduce the range of the radio some. If you are using a 35 watt radio the fan should be used with 5 Hz corrections if the output power is more than 4 watts.

Matt Johnson, PLS

Today was incredible. We had a chance to test the Beast….
Stopping to take a shot I would fix and know the position of the line in seconds. This is truly a big deal for me since we are constantly staking line in heavy multi path environment. The LS is truly becoming a receiver to beat. Javad if I were to thank you for anything it would be for the Beast Thank you.

Doug Carter, PLS

TRIUMPH-LS users, please update to the latest version of TRIUMPH-LS software set (released today) to benefit from all these features. Set the TRIUMPH-2 or TRIUMPH-1 at base to 0.2 Sec transmission rate. TRIUMPH-LS will do the rest.