We all have been hearing a lot about the ‘desi’ GPS module ever since last year and finally, it has been rolled out and has become a reality. At a recent event in New Delhi, ST Microelectronics and MobileTek launched UTraQ which is a GPS module based on India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to track locations.
As of now, the GPS-based applications in electronic devices were based on the feed given by the US satellites, but UTraQ will be based on India’s own satellite system that would give much more accurate and reliable location information.
India has launched two GPS modules that include the L110 GNSS and the L100 GNSS. UTraQ L110 GNSS and L100 GNSS are manufactured by ST Microelectronics and is being distributed in India by Rama Krishna Electro Pvt. Ltd.
L110 GNSS module is a compact NavIC module, while the L100 GNSS module is a smaller-sized POT (Patch on Top) IRNSS module. Other than tracking, these modules can also be used for different tasks such as ranging, command, control, timing and much more.
These modules have been built with a high technology and can be used in marine navigation, aerial navigation, terrestrial navigation for hikers and travelers, vehicle tracking, Geodetic data capture among others. Initially, the GPS module will be tested by the partners and then it may take some time to reach the consumer products.
Additionally, IRNSS (on which UTraQ is based upon) is said to provide the positioning for the Indian region 1500km around the Indian mainland as the primary service area. The UTraQ modules support L1 and L5 bands, EPOTM orbit prediction, EASYTM self-generated orbit prediction and measures 18x16x2.3mm.