Pakistan becomes first country to deploy China’s BeiDou GPS network

Beidou network has five base stations and one processing center in Pakistan.PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Pakistan has become the first foreign country to use China based GPS system made by BeiDou, Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

BeiDou, or Compass, has also set up a network in Pakistan.

While speaking to the annual China Satellite navigation Conference in Nanjing, Chief Scientist of UniStrong Shen Jun has said that the first stage of Pakistan’s geographic positioning network has been completed with the network covering Karachi.

BeiDou, a navigation satellite system company, is co-developed by China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology Co. Ltd.

The network has five base stations and one processing center, covering Karachi.

The company claims that the GPS can provide positioning with accuracy of up to two centimeters. However, it adds that the accuracy can extend up to five millimeters after post-processing.

GPS can help with urban planning, surveying and mapping environmental supervision, disaster relief efforts, traffic monitoring and other fields.

Shen Jun added that the second stage of the network will cover up the whole area of Pakistan and will be the first national high precision navigation network abroad.

Huang Lei, international business director of BDStar Navigation, which promotes BeiDou, had said in 2013 that the company would build a network of stations in Pakistan to enhance the location accuracy of Beidou.

He said building the network would cost tens of millions of dollars.

BeiDou had demonstrated its navigation system during a conference in Karachi in September 2012.

Source: Tribune News

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