Satellite Based Augmentation System Test-bed

Instant, reliable and accurate access to positioning and timing information anytime and anywhere across Australia and New Zealand

SBAS Test-bed Demonstrator Trial Economic Benefits Report

SBAS Test-bed Project Report

SBAS Test-bed Technical Report

Positioning data is now fundamental to a range of applications and businesses worldwide. It increases our productivity, secures our safety and propels innovation. It enables GPS on smartphones, provides safety-of-life navigation on aircraft, increases water efficiency on farms, helps to locate vessels in distress at sea, and supports intelligent navigation tools and advanced transportation management systems that connect cities and regions.  While highly accurate positioning technologies are already available, they are expensive and only available in specific areas and to niche markets.

A trial was undertaken using a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which augments Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals to deliver a satellite positioning capability across all of Australia and its maritime zones with decimetre accuracy.  An SBAS will overcome the current gaps in mobile and radio communications and, when combined with on-ground operational infrastructure and services, will ensure that accurate positioning information can be received anytime and anywhere across Australia, New Zealand and their maritime zones. It will also support the aviation, maritime and road transport sectors which have a requirement for high-integrity positioning-guaranteed performance with metre level accuracy.

On behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Governments and our partners Geoscience Australia and Land Information New Zealand, FrontierSI was responsible for managing and completing user testing with over 100 organisations, through 27 projects, across 10 industry sectors including aviation, agriculture, consumer, construction, maritime, rail, resources, road, spatial and utilities.

The SBAS Test-bed Demonstrator Trial has laid the foundation to deliver a fully operational SBAS in four years that will provide instant, reliable and accurate access to positioning and timing information anytime and anywhere across Australia and New Zealand.

Three Reports have been released:-

  1. SBAS Test-bed Demonstrator Trial Economic Benefits Report: which provides an assessment of the economic benefits of Satellite-Based Augmented Systems across Australia and New Zealand.
  2. SBAS Test-bed Project Report: provides detail on the technology, signals, completed projects, equipment and environment tested as well as the main challenges, findings and recommendations.
  3. SBAS Test-bed Technical Report: details performance results from a testing campaign of the SBAS services by FrontierSI.

Following the SBAS Test-bed Demonstrator Trial, Geoscience Australia produced a suite of informative videos on the Positioning Australia Program, and how the SBAS applies specifically to the agriculture, road, and construction industries. You can view three of these videos below, or access more on the Geoscience YouTube channel: