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Creating a model world

NTT Data will create off-the-shelf 3D vector building, vegetation and bridge models within Japan

The AW3D vector of Tokyo demonstrates what is possible with the technology
The AW3D vector of Tokyo demonstrates what is possible with the technology

Global IT services provider NTT Data Corporation and DigitalGlobe, a vendor of space imagery and geospatial content, have extended their strategic partnership to produce large-scale 3D vector building model datasets, called AW3D Metro.


NTT Data will create off-the-shelf 3D vector building, vegetation and bridge models using DigitalGlobe’s geospatial big data platform (GBDX) and imagery.


GBDX, a cloud-based tool with access to DigitalGlobe’s 100 petabyte imagery archive, can harness machine learning algorithms to revolutionise traditional 3D production models. By using NTT Data’s algorithm on GBDX, the two companies said they will be able to develop AW3D Metro in a more cost-effective and timely manner.


“3D building models are vital to the design and implementation of the infrastructure that will fuel smart cities, IoT and autonomous vehicles. Therefore, we are excited that NTT Data selected GBDX and our imagery to further extend our IPP partnership,” said Amy Minnick, senior vice president and general manager of commercial imagery, DigitalGlobe.


“This new agreement demonstrates the power of bringing our industry-leading high-resolution satellite imagery together with the computational capabilities of GBDX to create innovative, cost-effective and scalable solutions for our partners. We look forward to NTT Data using our products to enhance [its] expertise in creating vector datasets, especially in metro areas.”


According to the partners, the vectorised datasets will appeal to a variety of industry players which are implementing the fabric of an increasingly connected world, such as automotive, insurance and government.


They said it will enable them to make decisions with confidence on projects such as smart city planning, connected device management, navigation visualisation, and insurance risk mitigation. The partnership will initially produce 3D texturised vector building models with better than 1 metre accuracy within Japan and other areas of commercial interest.


“We are delighted this expansion of our strategic partnership allows us to add the game-changing AW3D Metro to our portfolio,” added Shinichi Usui, senior vice president, NTT Data.


“By leveraging GBDX’s ecosystem, we will be able to deliver these high-resolution 3D datasets to our customers more quickly, which will help our customers transform their operations into more future-capable and sustainable businesses.”


NTT Data’s background in building elevation products began with AW3D Standard in 2014. AW3D Metro joins its levation portfolio, which includes the high-resolution AW3D enhanced products based on DigitalGlobe imagery.


The companies’ relationship began with the information partner programme (IPP) in 2014. They expanded their partnership in February 2017 when DigitalGlobe became an official distributor of AW3D Standard products



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