Po­si­tion­ing tech­nol­ogy for farm­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - END OF FINANCIAL YEAR - MACHINERY BUYERS GUIDE -

GEOSCIENCE Aus­tralia and the Co­op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre for Spa­tial In­for­ma­tion (CRCSI) are look­ing for Aus­tralian busi­nesses in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of their po­si­tion­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Geoscience Aus­tralia and the CRCSI are plan­ning to spend around $400,000 on the user test­ing of a Satel­lite-Based Aug­men­ta­tion Sys­tem (SBAS) for the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try in Aus­tralia.

Busi­nesses se­lected for the user test­ing will work closely with in­ter­na­tional po­si­tion­ing ex­perts to trial tech­nol­ogy that has not been widely tested in Aus­tralia be­fore.

Im­proved po­si­tion­ing tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial to en­hance a range of ap­pli­ca­tions for the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try, in­clud­ing pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery mon­i­tor­ing and yield map­ping.

The user test­ing is part of a twoyear project to trial SBAS in the Aus­tralasian re­gion.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $12 mil­lion in fund­ing to the project and the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment an ad­di­tional $2 mil­lion.

The SBAS tech­nol­ogy trial will po­ten­tially re­sult in a num­ber of safety, pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits for a range of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia.

The project will be con­duct­ing user test­ing across nine dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries – agri­cul­ture, avi­a­tion, con­struc­tion, mar­itime, rail, re­sources, road, spa­tial and util­i­ties.

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