Technology is evolving. The latest is proof. Android users will be happy to know that an ISRO technology will soon power your device. Thanks to Qualcomm’s new chipsets, ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organization) navigation system, NavIC, will be used in the Indian region and a few neighboring countries.
First, let’s throw some light on NavIC. What is NavIC?
NavIC, or NAVigation with Indian Constellation, is the name of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The technology is developed by ISRO. GPS is a Global tracking constellation, whereas, NavIC will solely focus on India and adjoining regions, which will be approximately 1500 Kms around India.
Even though NavIC’s Standard Positioning Service (SPS) can be used by civilians, the system will take a different approach when it comes to defense and armed forces. Known as Restrictive Service (RS), it is encrypted and a lot more accurate, considering it’s in the range of 1 to 5 meters.
ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan said in a press statement, “ISRO is satisfied with the efforts of Qualcomm towards incorporating NavIC and we urge OEMs to leverage it for future handset launches in India. The availability of NavIC across multiple mobile platforms will help enhance the geolocation capabilities of smartphones in the region and bring the benefits of this indigenous solution to Indian consumers for their day-to-day use.”
Moreover, the Qualcomm chipsets, 720G, 662, and 460 will also support the internationally used GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which includes the USA’s GPS (global positioning system), Russia’s GLONASS, European Union’s Galileo, and China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System that cover the entire globe.
Speaking about the Qualcomm chipsets, they are aimed at mid-range and entry-level smartphones, which also support WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Reports suggest that Xiaomi’s Redmi smartphones will the first-ever devices to deploy NavIC.