NTT DATA and RESTEC Begin Project To Provide The World’s Most Precise Digital 3D Map of the World

NTT DATA Corporation and the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) have started work on a project to provide the most precise digital 3D map of the world.

London, UK, 29th April  2014 - NTT DATA Corporation and the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) have started work on a project to provide the most precise digital 3D map of the world. The first phase of the project is underway with a 3D map of Asia in development. 

Based on satellite imagery, the 3D map will provide unprecedented detail into the world’s landmass, expressing undulations in the ground with a height accuracy of five metres – a world first. 

It can be used across a broad range of fields including hazard risk assessment for floods, landslides, tsunamis or lava flows, surveys into natural resource availability or map development in emerging countries. Other applications include infrastructure planning, traffic simulation and navigation, and the correct location of remote sensing data. 
  
The map is being developed using approximately three million satellite images captured by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is being developed in phases with the full 3D image of the entire world expected to be ready in March 2016. 
Based on its strong track record of processing large quantities of satellite images and extensive experience in geospatial information, NTT DATA has been contracted by JAXA to create the 3D map and has received a sales licence from JAXA to provide the service to interested parties as it goes live. RESTEC will offer support based on its experience in advanced satellite image analysis technology and usage experience.


“3D maps provide a strong foundation for geospatial information development and analysis. Demand for this type of data is on the rise as organisations look to solve the critical humanitarian challenges and commercial issues of today,” explained Ken Tsutsui, project leader of the 3D Atlas initiative at NTT DATA.

"Traditionally, surveys using aircraft and manpower have been used as the basis for such 3D modelling projects but the cost and time constraints associated with this approach have limited the areas they can cover. Using satellite data we are able to provide the most precise, complete 3D map of the world, bringing a multitude of applications and benefits to those who use it.”

Examples of 3D mapping

Ayers Rock

 

Gran Canyon

About NTT DATA 

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