Russian Navigation Information Systems (NIS)-Glonass will sign a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Antrix Corporation by the end of October to market NIS satellite-based services in India, AVIATION WEEK has learned.
Antrix is the marketing arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The terms of the joint venture are not known.
The two partners are planning a road show in four Indian cities to promote NIS satellite-based operator services to police, forestry and private logistics businesses. NIS-Glonass also will open an office in November to support ongoing projects and bids released for its products (Aerospace DAILY, Aug. 27).
NIS-Glonass will market, manufacture and jointly propose products in India. The multifunctional Glonass/GPS user telematic terminal, Cyber GLX, is installed into mobile platforms and is part of a transport monitoring and fleet management system. It is the first navigation terminal in Russia that simultaneously receives and processes signals from both Glonass and GPS.
NIS is looking at Indian companies to manufacture receivers in India. It recently signed an agreement with HBL Power for its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for police and rail systems.
The deal will “build business opportunities in India for receivers and software for ITS,” HBL Chairman Aluru Jagadish Prasad told AVIATION WEEK. “Since the system operates on GPS and Glonass, it is reliable, accurate and resilient.”
Opportunities are abundant in India, with 100 cities planning to look into ITS in the next 8-10 years. Pune, Kolkata and Chennai already have ongoing projects. Mysore and Surat are looking at the systems, while New Delhi recently floated a bid for traffic management for the Delhi Police.
The NIS-Glonass system will provide automation for staff control of vehicles in normal and emergency situations; provide personnel with data on vehicle location for management decision-making; and display graphical data on vehicle position, as well as other data on a dispatcher’s monitor. It also will create and store data archives on operating vehicle routes and interact with other systems, according to a senior official.
Glonass is currently used as an augmentation to the U.S. Global Positioning System to provide better redundancy, and results show that using Glonass does not degrade the position solution, says Alexey Tyrtov, head of international marketing for NIS-Glonass.
NIS contracts in Moscow include an ITS, an automated transport monitoring system for the 2014 Olympics, a system for the Russian ministry of the interior and an Emergency Response System for accidents.