Soon, technology that can help forces in operations ‘beyond enemy lines

BENGALURU: A special personnel tracker that is being developed for 'strategic use' has the potential to help the Indian armed forces sent in operations 'beyond the enemy lines' in the future, and the fact that the new Technology is completely indigenous will mean more secret.

As part of its (IRNSS), the () has developed the technology for said personnel tracker and transferred it to the PSU of Defense (BEL).

This technology is not part of the normal chipsets or other receivers developed as part of. This will be part of the Restricted Service (IRNSS-RS), developed specifically for strategic users in the country, said a space department source.

Isro has been silent about this technology, which has been in process for at least 18 months. An official Isro document that partially explains this and other IRNSS-RS technologies says: “The IRNSS - RS provides location navigation service with anti-counterfeit technology for authorized users. Personnel Tracker provides position information in TDMA mode of operation.

The time division or TDMA multiple access mode, which separates users according to time, ensures that there will be no interference from simultaneous transmissions, while anti-counterfeit technology prevents traffic from fake sources (IP addresses).

In a written response to TOI about whether it was developing a personnel tracker, BEL said: BEL has signed an agreement with Isro for the development of a two-way report terminal and IRNSS-based personnel tracker. The bi-directional report terminal will be used to track the position of fishing vessels and to report emergencies. The personnel tracker will be a unidirectional report terminal to report the position of the person/vehicle according to the IRNSS.

In preparing this, the sources said that since the IRNSS covers the entire region of the subcontinent, if a team of armed forces personnel was in a job on the other side (of the border), their commanders at home will know their exact position . times.

Isro's document said: “The tracker supports small messages, as well as data transfer via satellite and USB/Bluetooth user data interface. This tracker will be used to track the person in the field of operation in situations such as disaster rescue operations, surveillance, etc.

When asked a specific question about its uses in operations beyond the enemy lines, Isro's president, K Sivan, told TOI: I don't want to give more details about this question, since it is a strategic project. On the benefits of tracking ships and personnel, he said: It has full strategic uses, we shouldn't discuss it now.

The sources said that the fact that this technology would be working on completely indigenous technology, including the satellite used to obtain the location, longitude and latitude, makes it more suitable for such operations.

Before the IRNSS, although India could, using its remote sensing satellites to map areas of operation/s, it had to rely on foreign resources such as GPS for location and navigation services. Now, the data will remain with us and only with us, said another source.

In addition to this technology, BEL, in collaboration with Isro, has developed a portable IRNSS receiver for navigation applications. As a consequence of this program, BEL has developed variants based on the functionality of the IRNSS-RS receiver, such as PTS (Precision Time Servers) in form factors and wall and rack mount receivers with map-based navigation application .