What is NaVIC?
The IRNSS with an operational name of NavIC (acronym for ‘navigator‘ in Sanskrit) is an autonomous regional satellite navigation system that provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services. This geo-positioning system designed in by ISRO covers India and a region extending 1,500 km around it. The system currently consists of a constellation of seven satellites, with two additional satellites on ground as stand-by. The Indian government has also proposed to mandate this navigation system in commercial vehicles.
Xiaomi – Qualcomm Partnership
Manu Jain, Global Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India says: “We are extremely proud of the sophisticated geo-positioning tech which ISRO has devised, and even more proud to integrate it into several Xiaomi devices. We also thank our partner Qualcomm Technologies for enabling support in their chipsets as we bring it first to the Redmi smartphone this year.”
The capability has been currently enabled by Qualcomm Technologies Inc on several of their Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and will be now be made available across multiple Xiaomi smartphones in India.
What IRNSS will Offer?
The implementation of IRNSS was possible after R&D efforts from Xiaomi for software along with ISRO and Qualcomm’s efforts, in order to further extend its commitment to the Make in India movement.
The key consumer applications of NavIC for mobile devices would include precise location mapping in remote and difficult to access areas. There would also be precise timing, along with visual and voice navigation for drivers and terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travelers and subsequently a feature for Disaster Management.