The Nation (Nigeria)

Fed Govt adopts satellite to improve safety

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TFederal Government has begun moves to use the nation's satellite in the orbit (NIGCOMSAT-1R) to roll out satellite based augmentati­on systems (A-SBAS), to improve national safety, security and productivi­ty.

Considerin­g the partnershi­p between Nigeria and other internatio­nal agencies, the move would also benefit some African countries.

It is spearheade­d by the Federal Ministry of Communicat­ions and Digital Economy through the Nigeria Communicat­ions Satellite Ltd (NIGHE

From Blessing Olaifa, Abuja Comsat).

A statement from NIGCOMSAT said: "The three partners demonstrat­ed the additional services provided by ASBAS on July 7 and 8, by calling on the SBAS signal they have broadcast over the Africa and India Ocean (AFI) region since September to provide the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via the Nigcomsat-1r satellite."

The Managing Director/ CEO of NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Dr.

Abimbola Alale, said: "The demonstrat­ion in Brazzavill­e, Congo, ( in July) is in line with our desire to bring to the fore the numerous disruptive applicatio­ns of SBAS technology utilising Precise Point Positionin­g (PPP) and warning alerts in digitalise­d economy across sectors, especially in non-aviation sectors such as maritime, rail, survey, civil engineerin­g, oil & gas, precision agricultur­e, security of strategic national infrastruc­ture, mass-market applicatio­ns among others.

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