New satellite positioning system to have freight use

Satellite-Based Augmentation System to support broad range of business activities

New satellite positioning system to have freight use
SBAS will have myriad applications


The Australian government has launched a trial of Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australasian region at a recent event at CQUniversity Australia’s Rockhampton campus.

Resources and northern Australia minister senator Matt Canavan was keen to underline its importance to his portfolio’s responsibilities.

But a spokesperson for the Australia and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), which is managing the industry projects aimed at demonstrating the the benefits and applications of improved positioning capability, tells ATN there will be freight transport applications as well.

And CRCSI’s SBAS program manager, Julia Mitchell, says that, to date, 11 contracts have been signed with participants from a range of industry sectors across Australia and New Zealand, including agriculture, resources, transport, construction, utility and spatial spheres.

"It is great to see interest from a range of sectors, with the projects chosen demonstrating a wide range of uses from the livestock tracking demonstrated by CQUniversity . . . to community safety applications, and testing driverless and connected cars," Mitchell, says.

"It really highlights how location technology and spatial information underpins our modern economy."

Queensland-headquartered CQUniversity Australia is leading one of more than 30 projects that will test how industries in Australia and New Zealand can benefit from improved satellite positioning technology.

"Using first generation SBAS technology, the CQUniversity-led project is testing the construction of virtual fencing for strip grazing, and looking at how the precise tracking of livestock can be used for early disease detection and more efficient breeding programs," Canavan says.

The two-year trial is being funded federally with $12 million, with a further $2 million from the New Zealand Government.

It is being managed by Geoscience Australia and Land Information New Zealand, in partnership with the global technology companies GMV, Inmarsat and Lockheed Martin.

Geoscience Australia CEO Dr James Johnson says his organisation is excited to be leading a trial that is working with 10 industry sectors to test three new satellite positioning technologies, including the world-first second generation SBAS and Precise Point Positioning.

"This trial exemplifies the benefits of government working closing with industry to translate the latest in satellite positioning technology into real-world applications," Johnson says.

"It’s all about government innovation supporting and driving entrepreneurship within industry."


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