Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto to support GPS system in Mozambique

19 March 2012

A cooperation protocol for installing and maintaining permanent GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) stations in Mozambique was signed Friday by Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique and Mozambique’s Agriculture Ministry, the subsidiary of Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto said.

The stations will improve the GPS (Global Positioning System) signal, thus allowing for more effective and precise geo-referencing in the country.

The protocol is intended to define methods of technical and scientific cooperation to install, use and maintain permanent satellite stations in Mozambique, whilst the management of the protocol will be in the hands of the National Cartography and Tele-detection Centre (Cenacarta).

Mozambique’s current GNSS network is limited and had four permanent stations installed in the cities of Maputo, Inhambane, Nampula and Pemba.

Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, which already has its own station operating in Tete, will this week hand over its management to Cenacarta, and the second phase will focus on installing the stations at Beira, Quelimane and Lichinga and is scheduled for conclusion at the end of the year and will provide coverage of the whole of Mozambique.

This initiative is essential for improving geographic data collection to develop structured plans for urban planning, control of dredging and other activities. (macauhub)