9 November 2017
Industry trial of Australian Satellite-Based Augmentation System officially launched
The Australian Government today launched a trial of Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australasian region at an event at CQUniversity Australia’s Rockhampton campus.
The launch was attended by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan, who said CQUniversity Australia is leading one of over 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,” Minister Canavan said.
The two-year trial is being funded with $12 million from the Australian Government and 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. The Australia and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) is managing the industry projects which will demonstrate the benefits and applications of improved positioning capability.