Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Retscher:
"Accuracy Performance of Virtual Reference Station (VRS) Networks";
Journal of Global Positioning Systems (Print Version), 1 (2002), 1; 40 - 47.

English abstract:
Recent developments in differential GPS (DGPS) services have concentrated mainly on the reduction of the number of permanent reference stations required to cover a certain area and the extension of the possible ranges between reference and rover stations. Starting from networked DGPS stations where all stations are linked to a central control station for data correction and modeling, the most advanced technique nowadays is based on the virtual reference station (VRS) network concept. In this case, observation data for a non-existing "virtual" station are generated at the control center and transmitted to the rover. This leads to a significant improvement in positioning accuracy over longer distances compared to conventional DGPS networks.

This paper summarizes the various DGPS architectures and the corresponding accuracy. This is followed by a description of the models and algorithms used for the VRS station concept. Practical examples of correction data services in Europe are given to highlight the achievable positioning accuracy. The results of an analysis of test data in a virtual reference station network in southern Germany show that always a horizontal positioning accuracy in the order of  5 cm can be achieved for baselines with a length up to 35 km.

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