Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) Trial Economic Benefits Analysis Report

FrontierSI welcomes the release of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Trial Economic Benefits Analysis Report by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan.

The 18-month trial of the high accuracy satellite positioning technology successfully demonstrated the benefits of implementing an operational SBAS across Australia and New Zealand.

SBAS augments and corrects the positioning signals already transmitted to Australia by constellations of global satellites, known as Global Navigation Satellite Systems, such as the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS). It improves the accuracy of positioning data from metres down to centimetres and makes it available across Australia and New Zealand’s lands and seas.

The Trial assessed the economic, social and environmental benefits of improved positioning technologies and demonstrated tangible benefits across a range of industry sectors. It found significant economic benefits with an expected value of $7.6 billion for Australia and New Zealand, and $6.2 billion for Australia alone over 30 years.

Economic Benefits Analysis Report
The Report is the culmination of testing across 27 demonstrator projects in ten industry sectors throughout Australia and New Zealand.

It highlights how future safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits to industry will flow from wider coverage, enhanced accuracy down to decimetre, signal integrity and reduced commercial costs and infrastructure investment.

The continuity of the SBAS signals through to August 2020 provides a basis to continue with further research and development and provides the necessary infrastructure to continue industry testing and facilitate early adoption. FrontierSI has an ongoing involvement in supporting further industry trial projects and welcomes approaches from industry with ideas for additional testing.

FrontierSI have compiled and subsequently released a project report on the Trial outlining all the technology, signals, projects completed, equipment and environment tested together with the main challenges, findings and recommendations.

Furthermore, FrontierSI carried out an extensive testing campaign of the SBAS services and released a technical report detailing performance results.

This project is an iconic example of how industry, government and universities across two countries can unite to comprehensively test leading technology and produce a highly successful outcome.

All three reports are now available for immediate download on the FrontierSI website at