Advanced Navigation plots winning course at PACIFIC 2017

5 October 2017

Wild Oats in sea

From assisting maxi yacht Wild Oats to hold the Sydney to Hobart race record, to helping steer the Spanish Navy's next generation of ships, Sydney company Advanced Navigation is flexing its winning credentials.

Advanced Navigation is one of 14 of the State's best defence and maritime organisations sharing the NSW Government's Defence NSW stand this week at the PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition.

As its name suggests, Advanced Navigation develops and manufactures advanced navigation systems using specialised expertise in sensors, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), inertial navigation, radio frequency (RF) technologies, acoustics, robotics, artificial intelligence and algorithms.

Advanced Navigation already works with some of the largest defence primes in the world including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems and General Atomics but hopes to further expand into international markets.

It is pitching its technologies to global markets at PACIFIC 2017 with more than 500 companies from 21 countries converging for the expo.

Advanced Navigation was one of 10 NSW finalists named for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards at PACIFIC 2017 for its 'Subsonus' device, a highly accurate underwater navigation system that measures position, velocity and heading at depths of up to 1,000 metres.

The company also manufactures the ‘Spatial Dual’ navigation system that has been fitted to racing maxi yacht Wild Oats XI to allow its crew to maximise race efficiency. It provides accurate performance data under tough ocean racing conditions even during global positioning system (GPS) outages.

"Advanced Navigation is a great example of a NSW advanced manufacturing company operating at the cutting edge of defence and maritime technology," said Defence NSW Director Commodore Peter Scott, CSC, RANR.

"The NSW Government is the Principal Sponsor for PACIFIC 2017 and, in line with our Defence and Industry Strategy - NSW: Strong, Smart and Connected - we are promoting the State's capabilities in maritime technologies and defence systems.

"We want to maximise opportunities for NSW industry to contribute to investments in maritime defence platforms and help SMEs like Advanced Navigation access global supply chain opportunities."

Advanced Navigation sales manager Vito Guarrera said the company has also just released a new 'Global Navigation Satellite System' (GNSS) with the product already picked up for use in the Spanish Navy's new F-110 Frigates.

He said the GNSS Compass provides accurate heading, position and velocity for marine vessels as well as land vehicles.

"Remote locations often have poor satellite coverage making it difficult to gather detailed statistics and in volatile environments extreme weather conditions will cause satellite connections to falter,” Mr Guarrera said.

"The GNSS compass aims to bring navigation capabilities to the next level for those who operate in environments where there are frequent GPS outages.

“It can provide accurate readings even during GPS outages of up to 20 minutes thanks to an integrated inertial navigation system (INS) that uses sensors to calculate readings.”

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