The International GNSS Service (IGS) has ensured the availability of open access, high-quality GNSS data products since 1994. These products enable access to the definitive global reference frame for scientific, educational, and commercial applications – a tremendous benefit to the public.
Through the Real-time Service (RTS), the IGS extends its capability to support applications requiring real-time access to IGS products. RTS is a GNSS orbit and clock correction service that enables precise point positioning (PPP) and related applications, such as time synchronization and disaster monitoring, at worldwide scales. RTS is based on the IGS global infrastructure of network stations, data centers and analysis centers that provide world standard high-precision GNSS data products.
The RTS is currently offered as a GPS-only beta service for the development and testing of applications. The Russian GLONASS is initially provided as an experimental product and will be included within the service when the RTS reaches its full operating capability at the end of 2013. Other GNSS constellations will be added as they become available.
This service is made possible through partnerships with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), and the European Space Agency’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany (ESA/ESOC). Support is provided by 160 station operators, multiple data centers, and 10 analysis centers around the world.
The RTS is operated by the IGS as a public service. Users are offered open and readily available access through subscription.