At an event in New Delhi, ST Microelectronics and MobileTek introduced UTraQ, a GPS module that is based on India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to track locations. Until now, the GPS-based applications in devices were based on the feed given by the US satellites but UTraQ will be based on India’s own satellite system, giving more accurate and reliable location data.
For those unaware, the push to make a ‘desi’ GPS module for services and devices came soon after the Kargil war in 1999 when Pakistan troops took positions in Kargil. At that time, India asked for the GPS location data handled by the US satellites only to face a denial. The GPS-based data by the US would’ve given some vital information, helping India control the damage. Now, with UTraQ that is based on IRNSS, which is controlled by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), systems will be able to see more accurate
there are two modules that have been launched. These include the L110 GNSS module that is a compact NavIC module, while the L100 GNSS module is a smaller-sized POT (Patch on Top) IRNSS module. These modules can be used for different tasks other than tracking. These include ranging, command, control, timing and more.
This means the modules can be used in marine navigation, aerial navigation, terrestrial navigation for hikers and travellers, vehicle tracking, geodetic data capture among others. The GPS module will be given as samples to partners initially and may take some time to reach the consumer products. data without any dependency on foreign satellites.
UTraQ L110 GNSS and L100 GNSS are manufactured by ST Microelectronics and is being distributed in India by Rama Krishna Electro Pvt. Ltd.