China has made continuous efforts to improve the products supporting the BDS industry, expand its application areas, improve the industry’s ecosystem and enhance its wide-ranging applications, according to a white paper published Friday.
The State Council Information Office of China released the aforementioned white paper titled “China’s Beidou Satellite Navigation System in the New Era.”
China has built a range of platforms featuring BDS services, including international search and rescue, short message communications, satellite-based augmentation, and ground-based augmentation. It has also developed a series of core products such as chips, modules, and antennas, and achieved a 100-million-scale manufacture of products for the Beidou system.
By systematically developing standards, norms, intellectual property rights, testing, certification and industrial evaluation, China has established a sound industrial ecosystem for BDS applications with all necessary factors and strong innovation capacity, the white paper said.
The Beidou system has been widely used in various industries and fields in China’s social and economic development. It has been deeply integrated with emerging technologies such as big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence, which has fostered new business forms based on the Beidou system. In 2021, the total output value of China’s satellite navigation and location-based services industry reached 470 billion yuan (about 64 billion US dollars).
The Beidou system has been widely applied in daily life through applications such as smartphones, vehicle terminals, and wearable devices. In 2021, 324 million Chinese smartphones supporting Beidou system services were shipped, accounting for 94.5 percent of the country’s total, according to the white paper.