Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets
13, Dec 2018
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Why in news?
- The Tamil Nadu government has distributed 200 NavIC- powered satellite-enabled communication devices developed by ISRO to 80 fishing boat groups in Tamil Nadu. These gadgets will help the Tamil Nadu fishermen to get cyclone and weather updates on a real-time basis.
- These gadgets, which are of the size of a soapbox, are basically ‘receivers’ which will produce a beep when alerts are received by the device.
- They are Bluetooth enabled and the alerts received can be read on the NavIC App which can be downloaded on an android phone.
- The alerts will be in the Tamil language so that the fisherman find it easy to understand.
- The gadgets have been given free of cost and there is no recurring cost associated with these devices.
- Last year several fishermen went missing in the cyclone Ockhi and Tamil Nadu government had to face severe criticism for not providing timely weather alerts to fishermen.
- For this reason, the Tamil Nadu government had declared giving these gadgets free of cost to fishermen in this year’s state budge.
- NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) can be understood as the Indian version of the American GPS (Global Positioning System).
- The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System constellation consists of eight satellites.
- NavIC provides accurate real-time position, navigation and timing services over India and region extending 1,500 km around Indian borders.