The government of Lagos in Nigeria has announced it will launch its Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) shortly, to improve the state’s traffic flow.

The two systems are part of the government’s plans to launch a fully digital mapping and enterprise geographic information system (GIS).

GPS is a satellite-based radio navigation system and CORS is used for tracking down GPS and Global Navigation Satellites, receiving and storing data, removing errors and transmitting the enhanced satellite data to users in real time.

The systems have been developed by Nigerian firm GeoQinetiq, which will also install and commission the GIS as well as train the Geomatic professionals.

The CORS system, which operates from a permanent and stable location, is based on Swiss firm Leica Geosystems’ GRX1200GG GNSS reference station receivers and spider GPS network control software.