Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is all set to become the first mobile manufacturer to incorporate a global positioning system (GPS), NavIC, made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in their upcoming smartphone devices.
ISRO had already convinced Qualcomm to include NavIC in the chipset. Moreover, ISRO has officially announced that the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organisation maintaining standards for mobile services, has approved the incorporation of NavIC in smartphones.
What Is NavIC?
NavIC is the operational name for ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India.
ISRO had developed the IRNSS technology for enabling GPS technology in terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation. Additionally, this technology also helps in disaster management, vehicle tracking, and fleet management, a terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers, among other uses.
With NavIC, Xiaomi will be able to provide accurate geolocation services to users in India. Moreover, with the use of NavIC, users can get accurate location service in the region extending up to 1500 km from India’s boundaries.
In addition to the NavIC project, other upcoming projects for ISRO for 2020 include Gaganyaan, Chandrayaan 3, SSLV, GSLV, GSAT-20 satellite, Indian Data Relay Satellite System, Aditya-L1, and XPOSAT.