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Indian telco to tie up with Russian major for GLONASS services

New Delhi, India: Despite a question mark over its telecom investments in India, Russian major Sistema is looking to partner Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for offering navigation system through satellite-based technology, GLONASS. BSNL is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to utilise this service. BSNL may initially start a pilot project to test the service before going commercial.

There are a number of applications for this service, including police patrol monitoring, transport monitoring, city bus fleet management and accident emergency response system.

Apple iPhone already has GLONASS support. Sony Ericsson, Nokia and others have plans to implement GLONASS in their smartphones this year.

Recently, NIS GLONASS opened a showroom in Mumbai. While the main focus for NIS GLONASS will be in commercial projects, the company is also looking at projects aimed at the social sector.

According to Russia & India Report, the company is looking to implement a system in India similar to the ERA-GLONASS project in Russia, an accident and emergency response system.

Under the project, new motor vehicles sold in Russia will have GLONASS satellite navigation communication terminals.

Source: The Hindu