China considers GLONASS-based emergency response system

China considers GLONASS-based emergency response system

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An ERA-GLONASS emergency response system. Image credit: Ria Novosti. Anton DenisovRussia: Chinese officials have expressed interest in participating in a Russian emergency response system. The system, called ERA-GLONASS, provides data from Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System to emergency responders. Based on the European eCall/E112 standard, ERA-GLONASS allows emergency services to immediately pinpoint the location of car accidents or similar critical situations.

According to reports, NIS CEO Alexander Gurko said a Russian-Chinese commission had discussed the matter during talks on April 18, attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space industry.

China could potentially implement the ERA-GLONASS system in combination with its own network of navigation satellites, called BeiDou. The system is also compatible with the US GPS satellite constellation.

Source: RIA Novosti