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.