NavIC, India’s very own navigation satellite system, is projected to provide positioning and navigation services on the lines of US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS). However, a new study has warned that signals from NavIC satellites may interfere with WiFi signals in receivers.
The Indian navigation and positioning system consists of a constellation of seven satellites launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between 2013 and 2018. The technology is likely to be available on smartphones and car navigation systems in future.
The NavIC satellites send signals in frequency bands of L5 (1176.45 MHz) and S-band (2492.08 MHz). S-band is utilized by NavIC for navigation systems, but the same band is also shared by other communication systems like Long-Term Evolution (LTE), Bluetooth and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi).
NavIC has S band signals and there are much stronger terrestrial S band signals that can pose problem for S band and dual frequency Standard Positioning Service (SPS) receivers of NavIC if not addressed properly. Currently, she said “Wi-Fi receivers are present in every cell phone. That’s why it was necessary to study Wi-Fi interference to verify the performance of NavIC signal reception in cellphones. This kind of interfering signal represents a threat to the performance of the NavIC receivers.”