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ICG meeting kicks off in Xi'an

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Updated: 2018-11-07

The 13th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellites System (ICG) kicked off in Xi'an on Nov 5, attracting more than 400 representatives from home and abroad to discuss the development of the global satellite navigation industry.

The six-day meeting will include discussions on topics such as the compatibility and interoperability of the global satellite navigation system as well as its global applications and will feature an opening ceremony, plenary sessions, and supplier forums, among other things.

The "Global Navigation Satellite System Space Service Domain Interoperability Handbook" was released during a meeting at the opening ceremony.

This is the second time that China has hosted the event after Beijing hosted in 2012.

ICG, established in 2005 under the umbrella of the United Nations, promotes voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing, and value-added services.

ICG encourages and facilitates compatibility, interoperability and transparency between all satellite navigation systems and promotes the use of their open service applications for the benefit of the global community.

China joined the committee in September 2007. At present, the China Beidou Navigation System, United States Global Positioning System (GPS), Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) and the European Union's European Satellite Navigation System (Galileo) are the four global satellite navigation systems recognized by the committee.

The Beidou navigation system is an independently developed global satellite navigation system currently being implemented in China. It is an important achievement of China's reform and opening-up efforts throughout the last 40 years.

It has been accepted and recognized by international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and International Maritime Organization, and, provides free search and rescue services worldwide.

The Beidou system will start serving countries and regions along the Belt and Road by the end of 2018 and will expand its service network to the entire globe by 2020. It will be developed into a comprehensive space and time system that is more ubiquitous, more integrated and more smart by 2035.

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