Europe’s first commercial BeiDou CORS station Qiao CORS Station has been built in Wallonia, Belgium. ComNav partnered with local company CGEOS Creative Geosensing on the project. ComNav develops and manufactures GNSS OEM boards and receivers for demanding high-precision positioning applications.
Qiao means bridge in Chinese, and Joël van Cranenbroeck, managing director of CGEOS, is working to build the bridge between the Chinese and European GNSS industries by introducing the Chinese high-precision GNSS technologies of ComNav Technology to European users, ComNav said in a statement.
The Qiao Station can track BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on the three frequencies and transmit observation data in RTCM format in real time through NTRIP and observation data in RINEX format. It enhances the positioning performance and result by combining BeiDou with GPS and GLONASS.
Currently, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System mainly covers the Asia Pacific region. Though China is still in the process of building it into a global network, up to six BeiDou satellites can now be tracked in Europe during certain periods of the day. With the new Qiao Station, European users can now try the BeiDou system.