Locata has established an Advisory Board consisting of eminent, technically and commercially experienced executives from appropriate industry sectors. The Advisory Board meets periodically to advise Locata on global industry, market and business trends. Advisory committee members include:
KEITH McPHERSON, former Director of Navigation, AirServices Australia. Mr McPherson is one of Australia’s most respected GPS experts, with a long string of global accomplishments which include:
- Membership of the US National Advisory Board, which reports directly to the US President. The US National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board is tasked with advising the US Government on matters concerning the Global Positioning System (GPS) and related systems – Keith McPherson is one of only 6 non-US members to have been appointed to this most prestigious of international GPS bodies.
- He was Australia’s Delegate to the United Nations Panel of Experts on Navigation Systems;
- From 1999-2006, in AirServices Australia (Australia’s equivalent of the US FAA), as Manager GNSS, Keith was responsible for future development of all navigation applications for Australian aviation.
- He was nominated in late 2007 by the industry’s prestigious GPS World Magazine as one of the “50 Global Leaders of GPS”. He has received numerous international GPS awards.
Mr McPherson became involved with Locata via of a series of peer-review projects carried out by AirServices Australia. His vast experience and extensive global network in the GPS industry is invaluable to Locata as it commercializes its technology throughout the world.
PROF CHRIS RIZOS, Ph.D. Professor Chris Rizos is currently Head of the School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Chris has been researching the technology and applications of GPS since 1985, and over a decade ago established Australia’s premier academic satellite navigation and wireless location technology research group.
Prof Rizos is currently President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), Co-chair of the Multi-GNSS Asia Steering Committee, and a member of the Executive and Governing Board of the International GNSS Service (IGS) since 2004. Chris is also Chair of the IGS working group developing the strategic plan for GNSS for Australia, and a member of a number of national committees including the Geodesy Technical Sub-Committee of the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping, the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Reference Frame Project, and the AuScope Geospatial Steering Committee. He is an author/co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers.
TIM NORTON, B. Surv. As a surveyor in Victoria in the early days of GPS, Tim was obliged to learn computing. He went on to found and run Oakton, a very successful information technology services company. When he listed the company [ASX: OKN] 10 years later it had over 350 staff and a market capitalization of over A$80M. During his time with Oakton, Mr Norton “filled every possible role in the company”.
Following the ASX listing of Oakton Limited, Mr Norton founded a new company, Omniton, that specializes in advising Australian IT companies in business and strategy issues. He is currently a non-executive director of several ASX-listed and non-listed companies. Mr Norton is a highly experienced and respected business adviser to Locata’s management team.