People’s Daily published the article Beidou Technology Promotes the Quality of China-Africa Cooperation
On February 11, 2022, People’s Daily, the largest newspaper group in China, published the article Beidou Technology Promotes the Quality of China-Africa Cooperation (China-Africa Cooperation in the New Era), reporting that ComNav Technology Ltd. has yielded fruitful results in African land mapping, continuous operating station (CORS) construction, precision agriculture and other fields by applying Beidou technology.
It is reported that the CORS applied with ComNav Technology successively have been built in 11 sub-Saharan African countries, including Kenya, Uganda, etc. Every day, thousands of users in Africa are using Beidou Products.
National CORS Construction in Uganda
Uganda, an East African country, decided to purchase the High-precision Beidou RTK and to build its own CORS out of demand. In 2015, Mr. Mulindwa David, chairman of Uganda Surveying Association, and others visited Shanghai, the location of ComNav Technology Ltd., to learn high-precision Beidou products and technologies. After training, David and others mastered the basic operation of Beidou RTK and learned simple maintenance.
"The measurement of the optical equipment we used was low-efficient. It took at least 3 days to survey a dozen kilometers of road with optical equipment. With Beidou high-precision receiver, only 10 hours is enough." Davis, the surveyor, said that he used to carry heavy optical equipment every day, but now he only needs to hold a Beidou receiver to process the relevant data, which has greatly improved the work efficiency and accuracy.
So far, just in Uganda, 30 CORS have been built. David said that the building Beidou GNSS CORS system was the most advanced CORS system in East Africa, which could provide high-precision spatial and temporal information, and met the needs of land mapping, mining, vehicle management, meteorological monitoring, and other fields.
High-precision and Rapid Measurement of Hospital Construction in Burkina Faso
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, Burkina Faso's government has decided to build a hospital against infectious diseases. In April 2021, The Burkina Faso government used BDS/GNSS high-precision technology to provide basic survey data for the construction of a hospital. The land security and topographic surveying task were completed within only 6 days, saving at least half the time than scheduled.
”Beidou RTK works efficiently, obtaining precious time for epidemic prevention and control!” praised by Mr. Augustin Bamouni, the secretary-general of Burkina Faso National Surveying Association.
China-Arab Beidou /GNSS Center in Tunis
The China-Arab Beidou /GNSS Center is located in the Ghazara Science park in northern Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. It is China's first overseas Beidou center, providing satellite navigation training, test evaluation, and technical research for African and Arab countries. Real-time data on the central screen shows that Tunisia can receive signals from more than 12 Beidou satellites on average.
Mr. Amiri Khalil, State Secretary in charge of scientific research at Tunisia's Ministry of Higher Education, said that the China-Arab Beidou /GNSS Center would help Tunisia and other African countries train talents in this area, support the development of the digital economy, promote the application of GNSS technology, and achieve win-win cooperation.
The establishment of the China-Arab Beidou/GNSS Center is a dose of certainty and impetus into the long-term cooperation with African and Arab countries.
The first China-Africa Beidou System Cooperation Forum
The first China-Africa Beidou System Cooperation Forum was held in Nov. 2021 in Beijing. This international forum was an open platform for the cooperation between China and Africa, which strengthened their communication and cooperation in promoting and using the Beidou Navigation Satellite System.
Four cases from ComNav Technology were mentioned in the document 10 Application Scenarios of BDS in Africa, released during the forum. ComNav Technology has brought latest GNSS technology to African countries.
Mr. Yanhuba Diatara, Minister of Digital Economy and Telecommunications of Senegal, said that the Cooperation Forum is a significant outcome of China-Africa scientific and technological cooperation.
Contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative
As the world’s leading company focused on GNSS technology, ComNav Technology has deepened its cooperation with Africa, since the Belt and Road Initiative was put forward in 2013.
Apart from providing products and technologies, ComNav Technology arranged employees to go aboard to provide technical support, including Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali, Zambia, and other African countries. In the face of a pandemic, ComNav Technology still provides professional service. On the one side, ComNav Technology has cooperated with many local partners to provide technical support; on the other side, strong technical teams are always online and help via Skype, Whatsapp. ComNav Technology has provided after-sales services support and technical training in these two ways.
Compared with conventional methods, the high-precision equipment and solutions from ComNav Technology improve the efficiency, accuracy, and convenience, meanwhile, lower the cost and increase the profits, which receives highly praised by local users.
A technical expert in Mali said: "Using satellite navigation equipment and precise positioning equipment, less than 10 people could survey hundreds of kilometers strip in a few months. It was previously inconceivable! I have seen it live that the application of modern technology in land mapping. So I am optimistic about the application of this technology in Africa."
Founded in 2012, ComNav has its 10th Anniversary this year. In the past 10 years, its high-precision GNSS products and solutions have helped African countries build railways, highways, hospitals, and other infrastructures, playing an important role in regional connectivity.
In the future, ComNav Technology will continuously bring convenience and efficiency by using our high-precision GNSS technology to Africa. We hope every corner of the world can enjoy the benefits of the development of science and technology！