BDS to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice plat­form to over­seas users

Global Times - - NATION - By Deng Xiaoci

China’s do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped Bei­Dou Nav­i­ga­tion Satel­lite Sys­tem (BDS) will pro­vide highly pre­cise and sta­ble ap­pli­ca­tion-ori­ented in­clu­sive ser­vice in the form of com­plete plat­forms for over­seas users, rather than sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices like the US GPS does, BDS ap­pli­ca­tion chief sci­en­tist Shi Chuang said on Thurs­day.

Shi, who was listed as the fore­most de­vel­oper for China’s high pre­ci­sion po­si­tion net­work and in the trans­port field project, one of the 14 projects that won the 2018 State Science and Tech­nol­ogy Progress Award on Tues­day, made the state­ment dur­ing an exclusive in­ter­view with the Global Times on Thurs­day.

Shi mas­ter­minded the found­ing of the the­o­ret­i­cal con­cept of the net­work when the coun­try started to de­velop the BDS-2 in 2004, and trans­formed it into prac­tice af­ter about a decade-long hard work.

Shi, who is also the di­rec­tor of the BDS ap­pli­ca­tion and in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion ex­perts panel, said his job was to “to de­liver pre­ci­sion po­si­tion­ing ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vices to the users af­ter the sys­tem, ter­mi­nals and en­hance­ment meth­ods are es­tab­lished.”

Ac­cord­ing to lat­est data re­leased by the China Satel­lite Nav­i­ga­tion Of­fice in De­cem­ber, the BDS-based trans­port ap­pli­ca­tion has flour­ished tremen­dously in the coun­try, with more than 6 mil­lion com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, 35,600 postal and de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles, 80,000 buses in 36 ma­jor cities, and 2,960 marine nav­i­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties are us­ing BDS ser­vices.

With the help of BDS, the coun­try has es­tab­lished the world’s largest com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. As a re­sult, the num­ber of ma­jor road ac­ci­dents and death tolls has dropped by 50 per­cent from 2011 to 2017.

Be­sides, BDS-en­abling ter­mi­nals have been in­stalled by more than 70,000 fish­ing boats and law en­force­ment ves­sels across China. With the BDS-based mar­itime ap­pli­ca­tions, more than 10,000 lives have been saved.

In the avi­a­tion do­main, BDS ser­vice plays an im­por­tant role for the coun­try’s is­land and reef-based in­fra­struc­ture build­ing and op­er­a­tion, where GPS be­comes un­avail­able, Shi said, not­ing that it is im­pos­si­ble to rely on GPS in the event of a ma­jor con­flict of in­ter­est.

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