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This ISRO tech could now replace GPS on your smartphone: Here are things you should know

ISRO NavIC

This could be a watershed moment in Indian smartphones journey – the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to release its GPS alternative ‘NavIC’ to the common people of the country. The space agency has entered a partnership with Qualcomm, which is one of the world’s biggest chipset companies, in order to integrate NavIC on its new processors which is meant for budget and mid-range smartphones.

Two companies in Xiaomi and Realme have already confirmed plans to launch phones with NavIC-enabled processors.

What does NavIC stand for?

It stands for Navigation with Indian Constellation and is this is based on the Sanskrit word for navigator or sailor. It essentially means Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which is a collection of navigation-based satellites and this aims to provide accurate position information service which will be made available to Indian users.

This service is identical to GPS (Global Position System). As things stand right now, NavIC consists of seven satellites.

India’s NavIC, which is all set to be embedded on millions of Android phones, will be much better than the US’ GPS. It is expected to be more accurate up to 5 meters, and hence, this makes it much more efficient than GPS which is accurate up to 20 to 30 meters.

ISRO says the NavIC is will be aimed at users in India as well as the region extending up to 1,500km from its boundaries.

So, in future users can use their phones to use NavICin order to access location-based services such as Uber, Ola Cabs, Google Maps and more. The space agency also mentions that users can expect the satellite system in order to provide visual and voice navigation for drivers.

As per the information provided by the agency, this technology can be used for things such as disaster management, terrestrial navigation assistant to hikers and travellers, as well as vehicle tracking and fleet management. It can also be put to use for precise timing, aerial and marine navigation, and much more.

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