California Real Time Network

Alert (10/12/2018): We have not been receiving real-time data from the USGS SCIGN stations in southern California for the last month. RINEX data are unavailable, as well, from SOPAC or UNAVCO archives.  This causes a significant gap in coverage in the greater Los Angeles area. We do not know when the USGS service will be restored.

The California Real Time Network (CRTN) is a multipurpose statewide GNSS network that utilizes the existing geophysical and geodetic infrastructure for two primary purposes: (1) research into earthquake early warning and rapid response, and (2) to provide a public utility in support of RTK positioning. CRTN is managed through the California Spatial Reference Center (CSRC) and the CRTN Consortium.

CRTN is a clearinghouse of high-rate real-time data obtained from multiple servers, at UNAVCO (PBO), UC Berkeley/USGS Menlo Park (BARD), USGS Pasadena (SCIGN), Caltrans (CVSRN), Orange County Public Works (OCRTN), and SOPAC (SCIGN). SOPAC and some PBO stations in southern California are supported by a dedicated communications network HPWREN.

1 Hz RTCM 3.0 data are now available in NTRIP protocol from GNSS stations operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Orbit and Permanent Array Center (SOPAC). The RTCM streams contain CSRS Epoch 2017.50 (NAD83) coordinates and station metadata (antenna and receiver models, antenna height and reference point).

CRTN fulfills the requirements of the California Public Resources Codes 8856(c)(e), 8857(c), and 8858(b) for GPS-derived geodetic coordinates and orthometric heights.

Register for CRTN

CRTN offers one (free) RTCM data stream for single-base RTK positioning with respect to the CSRS. Users must register with the CSRC to obtain access. To register, click here.

Multiple data streams are available to Contributing and Consortium members. For more information, click here.

Connecting to CRTN Utilizing CRTN for RTK positioning requires a survey grade dual-frequency GNSS receiver with NTRIP and an Internet connection. The user makes a connection via NTRIP, enters their CRTN username and password and receives a list of the active CGPS base stations. The user then selects the desired CGPS base station and receives the RTCM data stream for RTK surveying.

In February 2018, the CSRC published a new geodetic datum for California called “CSRS Epoch 2017.50 (NAD83)” under a Caltrans contract to SIO/SOPAC. The new epoch-date coordinates will be transmitted with RTCM 3.0 data streams starting March 1, 2018.