Satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion net­work eyes more civil­ian roles

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By OUYANG SHIJIA ouyang­shi­jia@ chi­

The Global Nav­i­ga­tion Satel­lite Sys­tem and Lo­ca­tion­based Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion of China said on Fri­day that it plans to ex­pand the civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s self-de­vel­oped global satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion net­work — a “sat nav” ri­val to the US Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem — called the Bei­dou Nav­i­ga­tion Satel­lite Sys­tem, or BDS.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said it would hold a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing demon­stra­tions and con­fer­ences, start­ing Jan­uary. These will in­volve in­dus­try ex­perts, in­ter­ested com­pa­nies and other stake­hold­ers, in a move to seek new busi­ness for civil­ian use of the sys­tem’s lo­ca­tion-based ser­vices.

“Now we have al­ready built the sys­tem con­nect­ing hun­dreds of cities in China, the next step will be to pro­mote and boost the devel­op­ment of the Bei­dou’s civil­ian use and to pros­per,” said Miao Qian­jun, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of as­so­ci­a­tion.

The BDS Pre­cise Ser­vice Sys­tem, a joint ef­fort between the as­so­ci­a­tion and the China Lo­ca­tion Net­work Ser­vices Al­liance, can cur­rently pro­vide ser­vices in 317 cities in China, with ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing the sup­ply of elec­tric power, wa­ter, and in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said the sys­tem of­fered pre­cise po­si­tion­ing, ac­cu­rate tim­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices.

Min Yiren, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Na­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sur­vey­ing, Map­ping and Geoin­for­ma­tion of China, said that in the in­for- ma­tion age, the as­so­ci­a­tion should sup­port Bei­dou’s devel­op­ment in var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Bei­dou will be able to pro­vide po­si­tion­ing ac­cu­racy of less than 10 me­ters and a tim­ing ac­cu­racy of 20 nanosec­onds — mak­ing it a po­ten­tially strong chal­lenger to the dom­i­nant GPS sat nav sys­tem de­vel­oped by the United States.

By the end of 2015, Bei­dou’s mar­ket hit 42 bil­lion yuan ($6.03 bil­lion). How­ever, com­pared with GPS, which ac­counts for 90 per­cent of the whole mar­ket in the globe, Bei­dou’s mar­ket size is still too small.


A stand il­lus­trates the Bei­dou Nav­i­ga­tion Satel­lite Sys­tem at an expo in Bei­jing.

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