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Desi Tech: Center Drives Companies to Make NavIC-GPS Chipsets | India News


BENGALURU: The Center, as part of its plans to commercialize the use of NavIC (Desi GPS) and promote indigenous positioning technology, is pushing companies to design, develop and implement integrated GPS and NavIC receiver chipsets that can improve overall signal availability and position accuracy. in urban areas and supports an additional messaging facility unlike GPS-only receiver chips.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has called for proposals from industries, including startups and MIPYMES, which once selected, will be supported by the Center. According to an RFP issued on November 27, MeitY is looking to purchase around 10 lakh of receiver chipsets.
Under India’s full control, MeitY says NavIC can be used for land, air and marine navigation, disaster management, fleet tracking and management, phone location services, cartography, geodetic data capture, land navigation aid for hikers and travelers, visual and voice navigation. for drivers, etc. This means that these chipsets can be installed in various devices and vehicles.

Desi Tech: Center Drives Companies to Make NavIC-GPS Chipsets | India News

The project to establish and promote indigenous positioning technology with a built-in messaging system is a unique initiative of the Center and MeitY is seeking to support companies that facilitate NavIC’s entry into the established tracking and navigation market.
The ministry has sought proposals to design, manufacture, supply and maintain these chips and ensure the deployment of receivers. “This has great commercial potential and therefore the development of an indigenous system fits well with the Make in India and Digital India programs,” MeitY said, adding that companies can even form a consortium with partners.
Isro president K Sivan told TOI: “NavIC chipsets are already being used in some Xiaomi-built mobiles, while Qualcomm is manufacturing the chipsets. Now the government is considering building integrated receivers that can further commercialize the indigenous system. These receivers can be used in all industries, and step by step you will see NavIC become more commercial. ”
Testing and implementation
The project will be executed in different phases. In the development phase, companies will design and develop prototypes in consultation with the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
Isro will evaluate the technical specifications for the receiver’s chipset or module during acceptance testing, MeitY said, adding that the space agency will use NavIC and GPS signal simulators in addition to conducting field tests in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. “These tests will be done with live satellite signals,” Sivan said.
In the next phase, once their products have been accepted, companies will have to deliver chipsets (25% of the amount awarded every six months) in about two years.
“In the third phase, companies will provide customer support for all kinds of service requests from buyers,” MeitY said.
NavIC is the name given to the India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which through a constellation of satellites, provides an accurate position information service to users in India as well as to the region to be extends up to 1,500 km from its limit. It also offers messaging options.

Times of India