BAE Systems has unveiled Navigation via Signals of Opportunity, or NAVSOP, which could be the positioning device to replace GPS, Engineering and Technology magazine reports.
It is able to calculate its position by using existing transmissions including Wi-Fi, TV, radio and mobile phone signals to calculate positions, according to the report.
The article says military uses of the new positioning technology are being explored and the device has a number of unique features.
Dr Ramsey Faragher, a principal scientist from BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre said the technology is already making big waves in both military and civilian circles and added that it is a good example of BAE working closely with customers to eliminate the weaknesses of current technology and find ways to innovate or eliminate those weaknesses.
According to the article, civilian uses of the new product could include helping fire and rescue services find their way through smoke filled buildings and improving the safety of lone workers and security staff.