NavIC : India’s own satellite navigation developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), all the details …
India now has its own satellite navigation or GPS alternative in place dubbed as Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). GPS is American, Russia has GLONASS, the European Union uses Galileo, China has BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and now India is ready to have its own NavIC tech in smartphones with the launch of three new 4G-enabled mobile processors from Qualcomm. These processors will power affordable Android phones in the country. Here are all the details …
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 mobile chipsets launched with NavIC support
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 mobile chipsets are 4G-enabled and will support NavIC built by ISRO.
Realme and Xiaomi will be the first to launch smartphones with new Snapdragon processor with NavIC support
Chinese smartphone brands Xiaomi and Realme have confirmed that they will be launching smartphones running on Snapdragon 720G chipset (with NavIC) soon in India
ISRO’s NavIC is only meant for India and is claimed to be more accurate than GPS
ISRO considers NavIC to be more accurate than GPS with position accuracy of 5 metre. Also, NavIC is powered by dual frequency (S and L bands) while GPS is dependent only on L band making it more accurate than GPS.
For powering NavIC, there are 8 Indian Regional Navigation Satellites (IRNS)
NavIC on Qualcomm chips will provide predictive location and will tell you exactly whether to turn left or right
When you come out of a building, NavIC on Qualcomm chips has the capability to offer exact direction and can tell you whether to turn right or left when you step out.
NavIC is designed to work in Indian conditions
Isro’s NavIC tech is designed to work keeping in mind Indian conditions like congested localities, building with thick walls and regions where connectivity is patchy.
While driving, NavIC can also offer visual turn-by-turn voice navigation
Indian Air Force to also integrate NavIC in its fighter aircrafts for improved navigation.
At least 30 Indian companies are making NavIC trackers for cars.
At least 30 Indian companies are making NavIC trackers for vehicles after Isro procured multichip module (MCM) developed by Taiwanese SkyTraQ. Commercial vehicles registered after April 1, 2019 are needed to have NavIC trackers.
Disclaimer: All information is gathered from various internet sources.