The defence department has signalled purchases of geospatial goods and services from Australian and international companies as it moves to improve the flow of data to support defence and national interests.
The department has established the Geospatial Goods and Services Standing Offer Panel (GeoPanel) to buy ‘goods, services and relevant emerging geospatial technologies’ from approved Australian and international industry providers.
Appointed for a period of five years, the GeoPanel envisages defence agencies will make purchases worth up to $20 million in five categories – satellite, optical, and radar data; aerial imagery; light detection and ranging; hydrographic services; and professional services.
Australian industry is already collaborating with defence on a range of these goods and services such as satellites, space hardware and Earth observation.
For example defence is to utilise Myriota’s nanosatellite and IoT communications networks to retrieve data from hundreds of defence sites globally under a $5.5 million defence innovation contract.
The Defence Innovation Hub contract will see the Adelaide company expand its cutting-edge satellite communications network and provide defence with an alternative global, space-enabled communications network.
Director Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO), Tom Hamilton said the GeoPanel would allow defence to access essential industry capability to support its geospatial requirements
Hamilton said: “Geospatial data is a critical enabler for Defence. Reliable data supports planning and conduct of Defence operations; ensures safety of navigation; and informs situational awareness, policy advice, and intelligence insights.
“Geospatial data allows the government to make rapid, well-informed decisions based on the best available understanding of the strategic environment.”
Hamilton said ‘panel refreshes’ would allow defence to adopt new suppliers and further expand requirements as business needs and industry capabilities evolve.
Future opportunities will be advertised on AusTender at www.tenders.gov.au.
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