RTCM Published Standards & Publications

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RTCM has published globally accepted standards for maritime navigation equipment, maritime communication equipment, distress alerting devices, and satellite positioning and navigation systems such as GPS to facilitate all modes of transportation, surveying, geodesy, precision agriculture, and autonomous vehicles, ensuring vital high integrity and centimeter-accuracy capabilities.  

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The current technical standards developed by the Special Committees include:

  • RTCM Recommended Minimum Standards for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Equipment Providing Minimum Distress and Safety Capability, Version 1.0 (RTCM Paper 56-95/SC101-STD)“ This standard is referenced in the regulations of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and defines minimum functions for DSC transceivers used in the U.S.

  • RTCM 10150.0 Standard for VHF-FM Portable Marine Radiotelephone Equipment with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Location Function

  • RTCM 10402.3 RTCM Recommended Standards for Differential GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) Service, Version 2.3“ This standard is used around the world for differential satellite navigation systems, both maritime and terrestrial.

  • RTCM 10403.3, Differential GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) Services - Version 3 - A more efficient alternative to RTCM 10402.3

  • RTCM 10410.1, Standard for Networked Transport of RTCM via Internet Protocol (Ntrip) - An application-level protocol that supports streaming Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data over the Internet.

  • RTCM 10401.2, Standard for Differential Navstar GPS Reference Stations and Integrity Monitors (RSIM) - A companion to RTCM 10402.3, this standard addresses the performance requirements for the equipment which broadcasts DGNSS corrections.

  • RTCM 10900.6 RTCM Standard for Electronic Chart Systems (ECS) - A new edition of RTCM’s ECS standard, it defines requirements for Electronic Chart Systems which are not intended to meet the international requirements of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), and includes certain voyage data recording functions.

  • RTCM 11000.3, Standard for 406 MHz Satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRBs). This standard is referenced in the regulations of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and defines performance requirements for EPIRBs used on U.S.-registered vessels.

  • RTCM 11010.2, Standard for 406 MHz Satellite Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)“ Closely related to the previous standard, it too is referenced in the regulations of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and defines performance requirements for PLBs used in the U.S., primarily in terrestrial applications.

  • RTCM 11020.1, Standard for Ship Security Alert Systems (SSAS) using the Cospas-Sarsat System, Version 1.0 (RTCM Paper 110-2004/SC110-STD) - Minimum requirements for the functional requirements and technical performance of maritime satellite Ship Security Alert Systems (SSAS) operating in the 406 MHz band through the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system.

  • RTCM 11701.0, Standard for Installed Maritime VHF Radiotelephone Equipment Operating in High Level Electromagnetic Environments (RTCM Paper 87-99/SC117-STD)“ Defines a test program to demonstrate satisfactory operation of INSTALLED VHF radios in areas where they might be susceptible to interference from other radio frequency devices, such as pagers.

  • RTCM 11702.0, Standard for Portable Maritime VHF Radiotelephone Equipment Operating in High Level Electromagnetic Environments“ Defines a test program to demonstrate satisfactory operation of PORTABLE VHF radios in areas where they might be susceptible to interference from other radio frequency devices, such as pagers.

  • RTCM 11901.1, Standard for Maritime Survivor Locating Devices (MSLD) Addresses the several ways in which man-overboard devices can operate.

  • RTCM 12301.1, Standard for VHF-FM Digital Small Message Services - Specifies the minimum functional and technical requirements for VHF-FM Digital Small Message Services (VDSMS). VDSMS are intended to provide for short messaging from ship-to-ship, shore-to-ship and ship-to shore

  • RTCM 12800.0 Standard for Satellite Emergency Notification Devices (SEND) - Contains minimum requirements for the functional and technical performance of Satellite Emergency Notification Devices (SENDs) operating over any satellite system except Cospas-Sarsat.