Industry uses and case studies

SBAS Test-bed: Trial of accurate positioning

A trial of accurate positioning technology, known as the SBAS test-bed project, ran from 2017 to 2019 and assessed the economic, social and environmental benefits of improved positioning technology through a range of projects. These projects tested how SBAS can improve existing technologies, or give rise to new innovation, across the economy. The SBAS Test-bed included 27 demonstrator projects across ten industry sectors including agriculture, aviation, construction, consumer, resources, road, rail, maritime, mining and utilities.

This was led by Geoscience Australia in partnership with the New Zealand Government’s Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and managed by FrontierSI (formerly CRCSI).

The procurement phase for SouthPAN is currently underway. An early service is anticipated to resume in 2022.

SBAS test-bed projects

Economic benefits

To evaluate the effectiveness and application of an operational SBAS, an economic benefits analysis was conducted. Accurate and reliable positioning has an expected value of $7.6 billion over 30 years for Australia and New Zealand based on tested applications. General benefits of an operational SBAS include wider coverage, enhanced accuracy, signal integrity and reduced commercial costs and infrastructure investment.

The independent economic benefits analysis report by EY is available at

Expected value of $6.2 billion for Australia, $1.4 billion for New Zealand and a total of $7.6 billion for both countries over 30 years. SBAS has economic benefits across a range of sectors (Australia and New Zealand): Agriculture - $2.2 billion; Aviation - $404 million; Construction - $1.2 billion; Consumer – $34 million; Maritime - $588 million; Resources - $1.58 billion; Rail - $193 million; Road - $1.1 billion; Water utilities - $277 million


For further information on the SBAS test-bed:

Eldar Rubinov
SBAS Test-bed Technical Manager
FrontierSI (formerly the Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information)
Door 34, Goods Shed, Village Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008
Tel: +61 406 966 992

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