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NZ, Aust partnering in positioning tech

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

The New Zealand and Australian governments are partnering in a two-year trial of technology touted as the future of global navigation satellite systems.

The satellite based augmentation systems (SBAS) initiative will add to current and future global navigation satellite systems such as the widely used global positioning system (GPS), says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

"Essentially, SBAS is expected to help ready us for technologies that need more precise and reliable positioning data," he said.

Current GPS locations are accurate to within five to 10 metres and the SBAS test-bed could improve positioning to within 10 centimetres.

The New Zealand government will contribute $A2 million ($NZ2.14m) towards the test-bed and trial programme.

The SBAS test-bed will contribute to the initial work programme of the Australia New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement signed in Queenstown on Friday.

Prime Minister Bill English spent the day with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in and around Queenstown.

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