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Esri China (HK) Managing Director

Discussed the Future of Satellite Navigation with Experts

In a seminar of InnoTech Expo 2016, Sr. Paul Tsui, Managing Director of Esri China (HK) had an inspiring panel discussion with scientists and experts of global positioning and satellite navigation.

In InnoTech Expo 2016, Sr. Tsui (right two), Managing Director of Esri China (HK), discussed the development of satellite navigation with experts including Dr. Xu Ying (middle).

InnoTech Expo 2016 was a large-scale innovation and technology event held from 24 September to 1 October in Hong Kong. During the event, there were seven Mainland outstanding scientists and technology experts who have given keynote speeches and shared their experiences and success stories. Dr Xu Ying, famous for building China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), talked about the latest development of the system, its significance and some applications


The BDS has been offering services mainly for the mainland and neighboring countries in Asia since 2000. It will complete the constellation deployment with 35 satellites and provide all-time, all-weather and high-accuracy positioning, navigation and timing services to global users around 2020.


During the panel discussion, Sr. Tsui said that in Hong Kong -- a city of high-rises -- the BDS could provide higher availability of satellites in Hong Kong sky view and hence increase the accuracy of positioning in using electronic navigation. However, it may take a while for BDS to hit mainstream as currently BDS GPS chipset is mainly available in the market of professional equipment.


According to Dr. Xu, the BDS had been widely applied in areas including communication, transportation and logistics transactions, marine fisheries, earthquake relief, weather forecasting and forest fire prevention, and will soon be applied in connected cars and autonomous cars.