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A service which provides real-time traffic updates for GPS-based navigation devices, has just secured $1.2 million in funding from the Australian Government and the local Intelligent Transport Systems industry, which will facilitate a national rollout of a standardised Traffic Message Channel Navigation Location Table.


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The Traffic Message Channel service is already available overseas, and as such is already compatible with most navigation systems, according to its developer Intelematics Australia,  but up till now, Australia has lacked the infrastructure and investment to bring services to bear locally.

The new Location Table will form the critical infrastructure backbone for consistent, nation-wide location referencing, bringing Australia in line with most other developed countries in its deployment of a national standard, says the company.

The project will facilitate interoperability between the many GPS-based navigation technologies, systems and services available in Australia, bringing the local market in line with global TMC navigation initiatives.  Full national rollout could take up to two years, however, it is hoped, that all major capitals will be mapped by mid-2008.

 

 

Intelematics’ Chief Executive Officer, Adam Game said, “This new funding will result in greatly increased innovation within Australia’s rapidly growing ITS industry by accelerating the roll out of a common location table and thereby removing a major market entry barrier. Previously, Australian navigation service developers were forced to develop across multiple location platforms. The Australian TMC Location Table project is a joint undertaking between the navigation device makers, digital map developers, vehicle manufacturers and information service providers, reinforcing the strength and credibility of our local ITS industry through this unified approach.”

“With a common location table, new services will emerge that promise to improve the road user experience by keeping drivers and passengers better informed about road conditions, traffic congestion and other location-related information in real-time.  Services such as SUNA Traffic Channel will also help make their travel experiences more efficient and safer,” added Adam.

Intelematics led the bid process which secured the $610,000 Australian Government Industry Cooperative Innovation Program grant on behalf of a broad-based consortium including key brands in the navigation and automotive sectors.  This grant will be equally matched by Australia’s ITS industry, bringing the total project funding to $1.2m.  The implementation phase will be managed by peak industry body, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia.

Full details are available at:

http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/content/content.cfm?ObjectID=11CB61EB-BFBA-46B2-99FBDFDC5A31A92A&L2Parent=AEB901E5-7CB8-4143-A3BF33B2423F9DA6&L3Parent=91F9C943-E61A-4075-BB6CE9989586B143

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