China's BDS serves the world
A white paper describing China's satellite navigation industry's development said China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) provided services to more countries and industries around the world.
According to the white paper released this week by the China Association for Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Location Based Services, BDS products will be exported to more than 120 countries and regions in 2019, an increase of 20 over the previous year.
The system has been applied in more fields, including precision agriculture, digital construction, and intelligent port construction, benefiting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South Asia, Eastern Europe, West Asia, and Africa.
The white paper pointed out that BDS will provide customers with wearable devices based on a high-precision solution in 2019, which can realize accurate Asian-meter positioning in wearable devices, such as children's watches, old people's bracelets, and pet trackers.
Sales of BDS chips and modules exceeded 100 million pieces and China's satellite navigation terminal products over 460 million pieces.
The white paper quoted data from the end of September 2019 as saying that nearly 300 of the 400 smartphones with location function that applied for wireless network access in the Chinese market supported BDS.
China plans to launch the last Beidou satellite next month, which will mark the global system's completion. Beidou system will provide all services, including high-precision positioning and short message communication for worldwide users. It will also further promote the large-scale development of Beidou application industrialization and internationalization.