India's first-ever 'desi GPS' module has been launched by a French-Italian semiconductor-manufacturing company at an event in Delhi, ST Microelectronics. The module, officially named UTraQ, relies on data from Indian navigational satellites and could be used as an alternative to modules based on foreign satellites. This way, it could provide better and more reliable location and tracking services on smartphones and other consumer gadgets in India. A GPS module is a sort of receiver that detects signals transmitted by navigational satellites in space. Once, the module receives the signal, it uses the navigational data, its transmission and reception time to determine the exact location of the device and provide other navigational services to its user. Most GPS-based apps use location services from US satellites, but UTraQ may possibly change that. ST Microelectronics has launched two variants of the module: L100 GNSS and L110 GNSS. They both will use data from ISRO-managed India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), with the latter being a smaller Patch-on-top or POT module. The manufacturer will first provide the modules to its partners for analysis. They believe the tech would provide marine, aerial, and terrestrial navigation services, along with vehicle tracking, geodetic data, and other regional data. By the birth of UTraQ there is no need to rely on other satellite systems.