NTT Data, RESTEC launch 2.5m global digital elevation model

By on 17 July, 2019

Tokyo, as represented in the Advanced 3D World Map. Image: NTT Data.

NTT Data and the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) have doubled the resolution of their core data product, their ‘AW3D Standard’ map, a global digital elevation model.

First launched with 5m resolution in 2014, AW3D is currently used in more than 115 countries.

Using DigitalGlobe imagery, this baseline product is now available at 2.5m resolution.

RESTEC and NTT Data say that this new version of AW3D Standard will be used for an assortment of applications worldwide, with the increased detail lending itself to more accurate disasters-damage forecasting and urban planning.

The 2.5m AW3D map offers a much finer expression of coastal landfills, narrow rivers, and waterways, a fine expression of terrain undulations, opening up utility in monitoring and management of waterways and coastal landforms.

Kaname Ikeda, President of RESTEC, said that this new data product could assist in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“AW3D Standard (2.5meter resolution) represents a significant step forward in the innovative use of Japan’s cutting-edge space technology,” he said.

“This latest version will enable companies, organisations, and governments to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for industry, innovation and infrastructure (Goal 9), sustainable cities (Goal 11), climate action (Goal 13) and goal partnership (Goal 17).”

Both the organisations are targeting total AW3D sales of 5 billion yen (USD 46.2 million) in fiscal year 2022.

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