IRNSS : ISRO launches its own Desi Nevigation System, An alternative to GPS !

Yes, you heard it right. India's official space agency Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has developed a position determining system that will provide better GPS access in remote areas. They further added this indigenous system will also enable in navigation and monitoring the fleet of trucks as well as ships. It will not only give better accuracy but also will save time.
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IRNSS stands for Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System that is built to offer an alternative to American GPS i.e. Global Positioning System which is widely used by consumers on mobile phones to mapping giants and even the military to triangulate location.
Deviprasad Karnik, the director, publication and public relations, ISRO said, "We will have our own position determination system using our own navigation constellation, the IRNSS series which will be operational by middle of the next year. It's a king of replacement to GPS."
While delivering a lecture at Birla Industrial and Technological Museum he added that US is providing GPS navigation. The IRNSS is currently four of the seven satellite in IRNSS constellation (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C and 1D) are in orbit. The remaining satellites (IRNSS-1E, 1F, 1G) will be targeted for launch between January 2016 and March 2016.
"GPS is not available at all places. Signal is weak in remote areas but our own signal will be available in remote areas with better accuracy", he said.
So India is still ahead in terms of turnaround, but the priorities seems to have been changed. Back this year in October G. Satheesh Reddy, scientific adviser to the defense minster, at the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) user meet 2015 said, "We have to keep one thing in mind, we always have GPS an GLONASS which are available worldwide. We need to compete them in commercialization", in short he prompted Indians should demand for IRNSS locationing chip in their cellphones, even though the GPS is available worldwide as standard.
Clearly what is missing is the implementation of IRNSS in the devices, which is what Reddy was earlier rooting for. And if manufacturer's fail to comply, we could indeed see a rule getting passed that all devices manufactured in India must also be able to tap into the IRNSS.
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