EOI open for new positioning technology trial

Geoscience Australian and CRCSI are searching for Australian businesses in the road sector looking to improve the capability of their positioning technology.Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) are looking for Australian businesses in the road sector wanting to improve the capability of their positioning technology.

Geoscience and CRCSI are calling for expressions of interest for a trial of its Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australian roads industry.

Around $400,000 is being invested in the initiative, which involves selected businesses working closely with international positioning experts to trial technology that has not been widely tested in the country before.

According to a news release from Geoscience Australia, improved positioning technology has the potential to enhance a range of applications for the road industry, including autonomous and connected cars, vehicle tracking, traffic flow monitoring, and route planning and navigation based on GNSS positioning.

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 involves user testing across nine industries, including agriculture, aviation, construction, maritime, rail, resources, road, spatial and utilities.

Interested businesses can apply for the trial by completing an application form available from the CRCSI website.

The call for expressions of interest closes on Friday, 28 April 2017.

For more information about the SBAS trial and National Positioning Infrastructure Capability visit the Geoscience Australia website.

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