Someone had once remarked, ‘Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.’ This holds relevance for India, which is often known as a nation in the making. While it has consolidated strength and emerged as one of the leading developing powers to reckon with, its quest for self-reliance has a long way to go. Nevertheless, the journey has been embarked upon and the route to the destination is being made easier and better. The self-reliance being talked of here is that in GPS navigation.
For many years, India had been mostly dependent on the system developed by the United States called global positing system. The recent completion of a long-dreamt mission of a regional navigational system, with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1G), is being considered a leap forward in the direction of being self-dependent.
- The satellite IRNSS, is part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region.
- It extends up to an area of 1,500 km.
- The satellites will be able to track the location and position of vehicles, provide information during natural disasters and integrated with mobile phones for navigation and other location services.
- The IRNSS will provide two types of services — standard positioning service and restricted service. The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorized users.
- When the IRNSS-1G becomes operational, it shall offer services such as
- terrestrial and marine navigation,
- disaster management,
- vehicle tracking and fleet management,
- navigation aide for hikers and travelers,
- visual and voice navigation for drivers
This comes as good news for not just travelers and hikers, but also for the layperson making small trips to known and unknown places.
Now that GPS navigation will penetrate deeper into the Indian mainland, it will be a harbinger of success for the tech and startup community of India. An analysis of countries that have set up their own satellite navigation systems will show that soon after such a system is set up, startups with a hope to capitalize in this field of service begin to come up. And with India becoming the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, GPS-based companies are sure to begin mushrooming as soon the satellite is launched. Technological advancements and consumer-centric software applications shall aid in the successful utilization of IRNSS.
India has joined the ranks of the U.S., Russia, China and Europe, which have their own systems, and thus has entered the elite GPS navigation club. This is a status that has been achieved only with a drive to be self-dependent in this area. And this global feat has extremely local implications, which shall come in the form of better journeys for everybody who hits the road!