Workshops on Japan’s latest satellite technology to highlight opportunities for Australian businesses

01 Feb 2018

Australian companies are being offered a unique opportunity to discuss cross-border collaboration in GPS technologies at free workshops on industrial applications of Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) to be held in Sydney (6 February) and Melbourne (8 February) 2018.

Participants at the Sydney workshop will hear speakers from the Australian Government and the CRC for Spatial Information; Japanese Government Ministries including the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), as well as a number of leading Japanese companies including Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Toyota Tsusho. The half-day workshop in Melbourne will likewise feature speakers from the above Japanese Ministries and industry as well as from the Australian Government.

Austrade, Geoscience Australia, METI and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) will deliver the workshops in conjunction with the Australian and Japanese bilateral business cooperation councils (AJBCC and JABCC), the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the State Governments in NSW and Victoria, and the Japanese Consulates-General in Sydney and Melbourne.

Applications of QZSS and other GPS-related technologies in autonomous cars, advanced route guidance, autonomous agriculture and the maritime sector will be explored. The workshop will also report on recent NSW and Queensland driverless tractor trials of this technology.

‘The Japanese-developed QZSS satellites will have their most northern orbit point over Japan and their southernmost orbit point over Australia, and this makes us natural potential partners to take this next generational satellite technology forward,’ said Professor Andrew Dempster, Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW Sydney.

Professor Dempster added: ‘It is the ability of QZSS satellite system to offer extra coverage of navigation and positioning systems, almost regardless of location, and to support more accurate positioning in remote and regional Australia that will be welcomed by businesses and consumers alike.’

Please visit the JETRO website for more details on the two workshops. For further information, please contact JETRO Sydney: Rika Ando or Adam Sims on (02) 9002 6218 or syd-bd@jetro.go.jp. At Austrade: Tom Yates on (02) 9390 2000 or tom.yates@austrade.gov.au.