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Shanghai to invest $30 mn in satellite navigation system

Shanghai: Shanghai will invest 190 million yuan ($30.65 million) to build infrastructure for China”s homegrown Beidou navigation satellite system that can be used for everything from monitoring vehicles transporting hazardous materials to locating people. “Within 18 months, we will provide more than 20,000 positioning locators to the elderly and children,” said Zhang Hongzhou, director of the Qingpu District Science and Technology Commission.

“The locators will be like a watch or school badge. Positioning information will be sent back to the tracking device so parents or other family members know where the person is.” Using the technology, school bus drivers can check whether students get on and off buses while teachers can monitor students” whereabouts during class outings, officials said. The city officials also added that the system will also be used in mapping, land supervision and disaster monitoring.

Source: English eastday