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Ground-based GPS nets $5m grant in Australia

The Federal Government has awarded a Canberra company a grant of nearly $5 million in response to an “avalanche” of interest in the company’s GPS technology.

Local company, Locata, has developed a ground-based GPS that can be applied to a range of industries, including manufacturing and defence. Instead of relying on GPS satellite signals, which cannot penetrate buildings or infrastructure, Locata has developed ground-based transmitters that are one million times stronger. They can be used to provide global positioning information indoors and where satellite signals fail.

This technology will enable companies to locate precisely disruptions in their manufacturing or production line systems to improve safety and efficiency. The company says the AusIndustry grant will be used towards further developments to fine-tune the technology, for what it describes as an “avalanche” of global interest.