Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) are planning to spend around $400,000 on user testing of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the utilities industry in Australia.

Geoscience Australia and CRCSI are looking for Australian businesses in the utilities industry interested in improving the capacity of their positioning technology to work closely with international positioning experts to trial technology that has not been widely tested in Australia before.

Improved positioning technology has the potential to enhance a range of applications for the utilities industry, including drone asset management and inspection, and electrical network synchronisation.

The user testing is part of a two-year project to trial SBAS in the Australasian region. The Australian Government has committed $12 million in funding to the project and the New Zealand Government an additional $2 million.

The SBAS technology trial will potentially result in a number of safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits for a range of different industries in Australia.

The project will be conducting user testing across nine different industries – agriculture, aviation, construction, maritime, rail, resources, road, spatial and utilities.

Expressions of Interest close 28 April 2017.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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