GPS is about to get more accurate in Australia.
The federal government is going to spend $224.9 million over four years to create more accurate satellite-based positional, navigation and timing capability which will enhance GPS capability.
The budget measure will deliver data with an accuracy of three to five centimetres for regional and metropolitan areas with mobile phone coverage and up to 10 centimetres elsewhere.
Better GPS will improve productivity by providing the accuracy and precision required for new technology to be used in industries such as aviation, agriculture, and transport.
In a separate project, the Digital Earth Australia platform provides access to reliable, standardised satellite data used by businesses, individuals, researchers and government to build new digital products and services.
The government plans to spend $36.9 million over three years on Digital Earth Australia. This builds on an initial investment of $15.3 million in last year’s budget.
The budget papers say the investments will improve Australia’s competitiveness by helping businesses and researchers to develop new products and processes that improve productivity and efficiency.
Resources Minister Matt Canavan says this is a practical investment to make businesses more productive and improve the lives of Australians.
“We rely on Satellite and GPS technology for just about every aspect of our lives — from Google maps on our individual phones, through the air traffic control at the busiest airports,” he says.
“More accurate GPS will improve productivity by allowing new technology to be created an used across the economy.
“Growing Australia’s digital economy will also benefit developed sectors such as mining, transport, construction, aviation and agriculture.”
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