Understanding the Impact of SouthPAN   


Across many economic sectors, including transportation, agriculture, resources, and utilities, SouthPAN is providing accurate satellite-enabled positioning and timing technology is becoming essential. Providing location information will support boosting economic and social success in Australia.

Here are the various sources of PNT (Position, Navigation, Timing):

  • Cell phone networks
  • Inertial Systems (accelerometer found in phones that help orient itself)
  • Terrestrial radio navigation aids (for specific industries such as Maritime and Aviation)
  • Celestial navigation (used by sailors from thousands of years ago)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems

The Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is the greatest source of navigation today as it provides a high level of accuracy, is freely available, very accessible and relatively affordable to use. This is good news for GNSS users, in the future there will be a DFMC (Dual Frequency, Multi Constellation) service providing precision down to around 100 mm. 

Read Peter Terrett’s article in Spatial Source to learn more about “Optimising Your GNSS Field Method for SBAS”

Special recognition to Geoscience Australia (GA) and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) teams who are working towards full Open Service capability of SouthPAN and to FrontierSI for collaborating in the optimisation of positioning services across Australia and New Zealand.

Read the full article from FrontierSI for more information about SouthPAN’s early Open Services here.

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