ISRO is in talks with Xiaomi over support for NavIC GPS system in phones

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi are in advanced stage talks over the provision of chipsets that can support NavIC. The NavIC is a global positioning system (GPS) developed by ISRO. ISRO has collaborated with US chipmaker Qualcomm to develop a chip that supports NavIC. If everything goes well, then Xiaomi will become the first company to use the NavIC system in their smartphones. Moreover, ISRO has confirmed that the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an international organization that maintains standards for mobile services, has approved the usage of NavIC in smartphones.

NavIC is an operative name ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). It has been developed for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation. In addition, it can also be used during disaster management, vehicle tracking, and fleet management a terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travelers and more.

NavIC will provide accurate location updates within the 20-meter range. Initially, NavIC will provide services with Indian territory and region extending up to 1500km from its boundary. NavIC will provide two kinds of services — Standard Positioning Service (SPS), to all users, and Restricted Service (RS), an encrypted geolocation service for only authorized users.

 

 

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