The Chinese phone manufacturer may be the first to add Desi GPS

BENGALURU: El (Isro) is in advanced level negotiations with Xiaomi , a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer that will include, which will provide India's own version of GPS services to users of the subcontinent, on their phone.

The chipset will be made by the American chip maker Qualcomm Technologies in collaboration with Isro, as announced in October this year. TOI first reported that Isro was in talks with Qualcomm in July 2019.

A senior official from Isro said on Wednesday that if all goes well, Xiaomi may launch handsets integrated with NavIC in about seven months. “We are looking at the mid-segment mobile phones,” he said.

While revealing that Isro is confident of getting Xiaomi onboard, the official, however, said that “nothing has been finalized.” On the collaboration with Qualcomm, the official said: “We are expecting them to release the chipsets later this month.”

NavIC is the regional satellite navigation system (IRNSS) of India that provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services. The constellation of satellites under the IRNSS program covers a region of approximately 1,500 km around its limit, with expansion plans.

The inability to integrate NaVIC with mobile phones has been a barrier that prevents bringing IRNSS services to the masses, although Isro and the (IAF) are also working on equipping fighter jets with him and commercial vehicles registered after April 1 2019 also have the obligation to have trackers with NavIC.

More than 30 companies are manufacturing NavIC-enabled vehicle trackers approved by the Indian Automotive Research Association (ARAI) or the International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in India.

In addition to this, Isro said its commercial arm has acquired a Multiple Chip Module (MCM) based on 55 nm technology developed through SkyTraQ, based in Taiwan, to enable the Indian industry to produce the NavIC messaging receiver and vehicle tracking units.

Sivan had previously told TOI: “In the future, we are also seeing NavIC in automatic rickshaws with ads. Currently, the advertiser does not know if the ad is reaching the target audience and how many places the rickshaw really goes. With NavIC, you will know the exact details.