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IMG to Examine Potential of GAGAN in Non-Aviation Sectors

New Delhi,In order to utilise the maximum potential of the GPS Aided Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) System, an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) has been set up under the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Group will examine the potential of sector-specific utilisation of GAGAN system for its use in non-aviation sectors and develop appropriate work programmes using GAGAN signals that can benefit diversified users. GAGAN is a prestigious satellite based augmentation system of India, jointly developed by Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at an estimated cost of Rs.774 crores for enhanced Air Navigation Services across the country. 

GAGAN offers free enhanced satellite navigation signals over India which is ten times more precise than GPS. It can offer civilian users integrity, i.e. a measure of trust which can be placed in the correctness of the information supplied by the system, with the user being automatically alerted whenever an error made by the system is beyond a certain confidence limit. Integrity plays an important role in the safety of life applications in transport, sensitive commercial applications and liability-critical applications needing legal recourse.