Shipboard Communications and Navigation Equipment: The Role of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services

When stepping onto the bridge of a modern ship, yacht, or well-equipped boat, there are in all likelihood a number of advanced communications and navigation equipment to be found there, for which the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) standards are largely responsible. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Coast Guard use RTCM standards to specify radar systems, emergency position-indicating radio beacons, and the basic version of digital selective calling radios for commercial vessels and recreational boats. Also, personal locator beacons used on land or sea in the U.S. are required to meet an RTCM standard. This article provides an overview of RTCM standards and their application, used internationally for differential global navigation satellite systems and electronic chart systems.


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  • Accession Number: 01054766
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2007 11:27AM