China's BeiDou system offers more, greater applications
Published: May 24, 2020 11:42 AM

A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) blasts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Dec. 16, 2019.(Photo by Guo Wenbin/Xinhua)

China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has offered services to more countries and sectors, said a white paper setting out the country's satellite navigation industry development.

In 2019, BDS products were exported to more than 120 countries and regions, an increase of 20 over the previous year, according to the white paper issued this week by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service Association of China.

The system has been applied in more sectors including precision farming, digital construction and smart port construction, benefiting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South Asia, Eastern Europe, West Asia and Africa.

The white paper mentioned that the BDS in 2019 provided wearable device customers with high-precision solutions, which can achieve accurate sub-meter positioning in wearable devices, such as kids' watches, bracelets for seniors and pet trackers.

China launches a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, March 9, 2020, only one step away from completing the whole global system. The satellite, the 54th of the BeiDou family, was sent into a geostationary orbit as planned by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. The newly launched satellite is the second geostationary earth orbit satellite of the BDS-3 system, and the last one is expected to be launched in May. (Photo by Guo Wenbin/Xinhua)

The sales volume of BDS chips and modules has exceeded 100 million pieces, and the number of China's satellite navigation terminal products topped 460 million pieces.

Out of the 400 smartphones loaded with positioning functions that applied for wireless network access in the Chinese market, nearly 300 support BDS, the white paper said, citing data from the end of September 2019.

China plans to launch its last BDS satellite next month, which will mark the completion of the global system. The BDS from then on will offer its global users all services, including high-precision positioning and short message communication, and further promote the large-scale development, industrialization as well as internationalization of BeiDou applications.