‘Desi’ GPS module launched


India is getting its own GPS module. Called UTraQ, the module gets feeds from India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS is an independent, indigenously developed satellite navigation system fully planned, established and controlled by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Here’s all you need to know about U-TRAQ, claimed to be India’s own GPS system.

GPS to use India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or NavIC to track locations

The NavIC system is said to have its origin in Kargil War of 1991 when the US government rejected Indian Army’s request for GPS data for the region. The Kargil experience is said to have made the nation realise the importance of Desi GPS system

So far, most GPS applications like VTS (vehicle tracking system) were dependent on GPS (USA) and GLONASS (Russia)

Can be used for military and marine services

IRNSS will provide two types of navigation services: A standard positioning services available to all users and encrypted, restricted services (RS) provided only to authorised users

IRNSS works primarily on L5 and S frequency bands

Will help travellers and hikers get more accurate and detailed location feed

Is compatible with Russia’s GLONASS system

The GPS system’s chipset is being developed in partnership between STMicroelectronics and Shanghai MobileTek

Will come to end users in the form of GPS tracking devices in cars, watches and more

U-TRAQ supports NMEA message protocol for IRNSS to communicate the location and timing information to the world

Besides America’s GPS (with 24 satellites in a constellation), Russia has its GLONASS and European Union its Galileo