qz55-1[CEATEC 2015] GPS has evolved from being a military technology to benefit the rest of humanity when it comes to navigation – as well as to hail a cab, where the accuracy that falls within the range of a few meters are good enough for everyday use. However, if there is any way to make things more accurate, why not? Mitsubishi has showcased the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) which is a three-satellite regional time transfer system and Satellite Based Augmentation System for the Global Positioning System. It will obviously be receivable within Japan, where else?

So far the first satellite that was launched in September half a decade ago obtained full operational status in 2013, where the entire system has now been expanded to include four satellites rather than just three as originally intended. Mitsubishi is the one behind all three satellites, where they are slated for launch before 2017 is over.

QZSS would come in handy where mobile applications are concerned, as it is able to deliver communications-based services such as video, audio, and data, in addition to a more accurate positioning information, of course – down to the centimeter it seems. You can be sure that as the entire QZSS becomes fully operational, things will get very, very interesting on the ground for civilians if the apps are creative enough to take advantage of the newfound accuracy.

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