Qualcomm Collaborates With ISRO To Enhance IoT-Based Navigation Sytems

  • The move is expected to increase the adoption of NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation).
  • This will enable mobile, automotive and IoT technologies to serve Indian industries in a better way.

Qualcomm Technologies, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has announced to provide support for India’s Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC). Through this collaboration, it is expected that the adoption and implementation of NavIC will spread throughout India and thus result in producing enhanced geolocation solutions for mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The geolocation solution is built using Qualcomm Technologies’ location-based position technology called the Qualcomm® Location Suite. It is capable of supporting several satellite constellations, including NavIC’s operating satellites for an improved and accurate location mapping and faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition.

Besides enabling the mobile, automotive and IoT technologies, this geolocation solution will also provide improved user experience for location-based applications in urban areas, where signal degradation is a big problem due to concrete structures.

Building cutting-edge technologies for navigation systems

Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says, “We’re pleased to enhance our commitment to India by enabling support for NavIC in our chipset platforms and continuing our work with ISRO to accelerate NavIC’s adoption. We look forward to seeing India continue to leverage next-generation mobile technologies and applications for new economic growth and societal benefits across its industries and communities.”

Rajen Vagadia, vice president, Qualcomm India Private Limited, said, “ Our technological breakthroughs and extensive engineering support have helped a robust mobile ecosystem to thrive in India and are enabling development of cutting-edge technology and new use cases. We are pleased to be working with ISRO in bringing NavIC to Indian consumers and enhance their navigation experience via high accuracy and greater reliability.”

Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space, said, “ISRO is very happy to be working with Qualcomm Technologies to enable NavIC on Mobile platforms. Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership and support for NavIC on their mobile platforms will bring the benefits of this indigenous solution to every Indian. ISRO appreciates Qualcomm Technologies for enabling the technology demonstration of NavIC support on mobile platform for the very first time.”

Support for NavIC will be available in Qualcomm Technologies’ chipsets from second-half of 2019, with NavIC support for commercial devices expected to begin from the first half of 2020.