Global Body Approves India’s Navigation System NaVIC

By Tanya Aneja

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  • Navigation with Indian Constellation (NaVIC) is a product of ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) program
  • It will now be easy to bring the NaVIC technology to the commercial market for its use in 4G, 5G, and Internet of Things (IoT)
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Global standards body 3GPP which develops protocols for mobile telephony has approved India’s regional navigation system NaVIC, developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), TOI reported.

As stated on its website, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) unites seven telecommunications standard development organizations (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TSDSI, TTA, TTC), known as “Organizational Partners” and provide their members with a stable environment to produce the Reports and Specifications that define 3GPP technologies.

What is NaVIC all about?

Also known as Desi GPS, NaVIC is a product of ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) program. ISRO claims that the satellite network has a navigation system that is accurate up to 5 m. It’s primary range also extends to about 1,500 km outside our borders, with an extended service area wider than that. It can also allow military-based navigation to authorized users over an encrypted connection.

Isro chairman K Sivan told TOI that they are extremely happy to know about the 3GPP approval of NaVIC. NaVIC is fully operational and is doing a great job. Currently, eight satellites are already in orbit. Seven satellites are being used for navigation purpose and one satellite only for messaging purpose. Some apps based on NaVIC are already functional and being immensely used. They will bring out more NaVIC apps that will benefit the common man.

BIF president TV Ramachandran told TOI that The applications of NavIC have the potential to bring immense benefits to everyone in the country and the entire region.

Now that NaVIC has been approved by 3GPP, it will be easy to bring the NaVIC technology to the commercial market for its use in 4G, 5G, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Globally, US has Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia has Glonass, Europe has Galileo and China has BeiDou as their navigational systems.

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