UniSA satellite system sends data for a song

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A new communications system being trialled at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus could radically lower the cost of using satellites to send and receive sensor information.


Professor Grant says the innovative system, called the Global Sensor Network, would make it easier and cheaper to investigate what is going on in Australia’s remote regions, as well as remote regions globally.


“Because Australia’s land and sea territory is vast relative to its population, much of what goes on in remote areas remains unobserved and unknown. Existing telecommunications systems only operate where people live, or are provided by expensive satellite systems affordable by relatively few users.”

Professor Grant says the network could be used for functions as diverse as environmental monitoring, livestock tracking, animal and fish migration research, remote control of mining and drilling sites, national security and defence, and vessel tracking.


The Global Sensor Network has been developed by a consortium led by the University of South Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR), and comprising COM DEV (Canada), South Australian-based SAGE Automation, DSTO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the CSIRO.


ITR has a strong track record in developing real world applications, for example, developing satellite standards for one of the largest satellite communications organisations, Inmarsat, and for launching the spinoff company Cohda Wireless which is a world leader in car-to-car communications technology.