Qualcomm Technologies has announced a partnership with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The company has announced support for India’s Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) in select chipset platforms across their upcoming portfolio. The new partnership will help accelerate the adoption of NavIC and enhance the geolocation capabilities of mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in India.
The solution is built on Qualcomm Technologies’ location-based position technology. Right now, as part of updated platforms, the Qualcomm Location Suite supports up to seven satellite constellations concurrently. It includes the use of all of NavIC’s operating satellites for more accurate location performance, faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition, and improved robustness of location-based services.
The new enhancements are said to enable select mobile, automotive and IoT platforms to better serve key industries and technology ecosystems in India. It is expected to help improve the user experience for location-based applications especially in dense urban environments where geolocation accuracy tends to degrade.
Support for NavIC will be available in select Qualcomm Technologies’ chipset platforms starting in late 2019 and commercial devices with NavIC support are expected to be available during the first half of 2020.
“NavIC is a critical step forward in our pursuit of harnessing space technology for national development and we are eager to make it accessible to everyone for their day to day use. 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.” said Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space.