For the first time in Japan, the 3D Road Data of a City available on the Network with Free Access

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On February 14th, 2020, Kashiba City has publicly released the 3D data of the city roads and buildings, on its “Kashiba RID” expressly developed web portal.

This data was acquired with the laser Mobile Mapping (Road-Scanner) by the Japanese company Nippon Insiek, which also supported the collected data distribution and deployment through the Siteco's RS Web-Survey software application.

Although such surveyed data is widely used by the local government for public works, it has been released publicly nationwide for the first time, allowing access and use to anyone!

The city authorities have high expectations for this online data distribution that can be freely accessed by the Japanese citizens and exploited for many different uses, private use included. To mention a couple of examples, this data can be used for producing disaster prevention maps or developing virtual reality games.

newspaperThe “Kashiba RID” portal gives free access to the data of about 7,000 sections (each 100-m long) on the road map.

Point clouds are also provided for roadside buildings, electrical wire, and road signs and markings. Since the distance between two specific points and the height of a building along the road can be measured with the tolerance of 1 centimeter, also non-expert people can create their own disaster prevention maps (including the sea-level altitude of their houses and the evacuation routes), or develop virtual reality games with the relating location information.

NIPPON INSIEK, a leader construction consultant based in Osaka, promoted this initiative by providing the data collected with their laser Mobile Mapping System in the years 2013-2019. The company representative said: “Making this data accessible to anyone, opens the door to non-experts who could find out new uses and enlarge the application field of this information. This trend will spread, in the future, in all the Country.

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