Trial of accurate positioning
A trial of accurate positioning technology, known as the SBAS test-bed project, assessed the economic, social and environmental benefits of improved positioning technology through a range of projects. These have 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 water utilities.
The SBAS test transmission services
The test transmission service that was part of the SBAS test-bed project will be discontinued after 31 July 2020. This service was intended for testing and development purposes only and is not a permanent SBAS for the region. We anticipate a similar test transmission service to resume in 2021 at the latest, and this will be developed to become a fully operational SBAS for the Australasian region by 2023. The new system will be called the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network.
The 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 https://frontiersi.com.au/project/satellite-based-augmentation-system-test-bed/