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GA to Release Open-Source Analysis GNSS Toolkit: Report

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  • The software has been called Ginan, after the name given by some of Australia’s First Peoples to a star (Epsilon Crucis) in the Southern Cross
  • It said that the Ginan software will improve the accuracy of location data from 10 metres down to 3 to 5 centimetres for users with an internet and mobile connection

As per a report by Spatialsource, Geoscience Australia has released an alpha version of what it says is the first Australian-developed open-source software to provide real-time corrections to positioning signals of all the GNSS constellations. The development is part of Geoscience Australia’s (GA) Positioning Australia program, which aims to boost the accuracy of location-based data from metres to centimetres.The software has been called Ginan, after the name given by some of Australia’s First Peoples to a star (Epsilon Crucis) in the Southern Cross.

The report added that GA’s National Positioning Infrastructure Branch Head, Dr Martine Woolf, said the name of the software is a gift from the Wardaman people of the Northern Territory. Dr Woolf said that in the language of the Wardaman people, Ginan means ‘a red dilly-bag filled with songs of knowledge’. They like to think of this software as being similar to a dilly-bag full of knowledge because of the benefits it will unlock.

It said that the Ginan software will improve the accuracy of location data from 10 metres down to 3 to 5 centimetres for users with an internet and mobile connection. Dr Woolf said that Ginan will allow Australians to enjoy the benefits of precise positioning through the creation of new services and products, and in doing so drive Australia’s economic growth. Ginan 1.0 will be publicly released in June 2022. An alpha version is available on the Ginan GitHub repository, with a beta version planned for user testing from February 2022.

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