At an event in Delhi, a French-Italian semiconductor manufacturing company, ST Microelectronics launched India’s very first ‘desi GPS’ system. The system kept the named as UTraQ. It depends on data from Indian navigational satellites. Satellites used as an alternative to systems that are based on foreign satellites. The company’s UTRAQ brand is the first step by any Indian firm to bring a vehicle tracking system in market. This will help them to use satellite signals from country’s own navigation system. Moreover, it can offer better and more dependable location and tracking services on smartphones.
How does it work:
A GPS system is a kind of receiver which detects signals transmitted through navigational satellites in space. Once, the system receives the signal the uses the navigational data. To determine the exact location of the device they also use its transmission and reception time. Later, they provide navigational services to its user. Many GPS-based apps use location services from US satellites. But UTraQ in the coming time may change that.
REC managing director Shivang Luthra said, “UTRAQ will change the way of concentional tracking. We are providing customers with various options like working with L5 (IRNSS) band and L1 (GPS and GNSS) bands. We are anticipating that VTS industry will be changing their product designs as the government in coming years will make use IRNSS mandatory.”
ST Microelectronics has launched two variants of the module. It is L100 GNSS and L110 GNSS. They both are going to use data from ISRO- managed India Regional Navigation Satellite System. The latter used will be a smaller Patch-on-top or POT module. These modules are still far from being to get combined with today’s consumer technology products. The manufacturer will first give the modules to their partners to examine the modules.
Hopefully, their production will begin in India soon. Read more such articles here.