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DigitalGlobe and CyberCity 3D Agreement and Orbit Logic’s Direct Access Facility Collection Planning System
November 25th, 2016 by Susan Smith
Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, recently entered into an Integrator License Agreement with CyberCity 3D, Inc., a geospatial 3D modeling and streaming services company headquartered in Los Angeles County, CA. DigitalGlobe owns and operates a highly sophisticated constellation of commercial earth imaging satellites.
CyberCity 3D’s patented 3D modeling software is a good match with DigitalGlobe’s high-accuracy, high-resolution satellite imagery to create accurate 3D “smart” city models that empower government agencies, the AEC/VDC industries, and utility companies in their decision-making and communications. Smart city models have become very valuable in providing realistic visualizations of cities, projects, utilities and city planning.
DigitalGlobe’s claim to fame is its advanced satellite constellation that collects more than 3 million square kilometers of Earth imagery daily (about the size of India). The creation of CyberCity 3D models will include the use of this state-of-the-art imagery.
Kevin DeVito, CyberCity 3D’s Founder and CEO, said: “Having the ability to access stellar stereo satellite data anywhere in the world under this strategically beneficial business relationship allows CyberCity 3D to be a major presence in the Smart City space along with the traditional GIS and 3D visualization channels,”
In addition to the Integrator License Agreement, CyberCity 3D joins DigitalGlobe’s Information Partner Program. DigitalGlobe’s IPP focuses on companies harnessing DigitalGlobe’s cutting-edge imagery to build information solutions for our changing planet.
“I’m happy to add CyberCity 3D to our Information Partner Program. The combination of their 3D modeling expertise and our industry-leading satellite resolution and accuracy support ‘Smart City’ initiatives on a global basis,” said Drew Esson, Director of DigitalGlobe’s Information Partner Program. “Together with partners, such as CyberCity 3D, DigitalGlobe is unlocking information contained in satellite imagery that enhances customer’s confidence to make critical business decisions in order to build and manage the cities of the future.”
CyberCity 3D’s patented software builds accurate 3D “smart” buildings with thorough attributes that includes relative and absolute height, surface area total and roof slope. Including buildings in the smart city landscape adds spatial and visual context as well as data that can inform the geographical accuracy of the model.
According to Company materials, CC3D’s data seamlessly integrates with most commercial software products including Autodesk InfraWorks 360, Autodesk Maya, and Trimble SketchUp. CC3D models can be exported to a host of software file formats including Collada, Geodatabase, Shapefile, .dxf, .kml, .fbx, .skp .fbx, obj, .dwg and .dgn.
Greenbelt, MD-based Orbit Logic, provider in mission planning, scheduling, and space situational awareness, announced recently the delivery of an updated version of its Direct Access Facility Collection Planning System (DAF CPS) software that includes WorldView-4 and provides multi-user planning enhancements to DigitalGlobe, Inc.
The updated planning software will make it possible for DigitalGlobe’s international Direct Access Program partners to receive imagery from WorldView-4 (planned for launch in September 2016) in addition to GeoEye-1, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3, and supports the simultaneous collaborative work of multiple planners. While this is a new update of DAF CPS, Orbit Logic has supplied the collection planning software component for DigitalGlobe’s Direct Access Facility since the inception of the program in 2006.
Orbit Logic’s collection planning software performs high-fidelity satellite modeling, imagery collection planning, window management, contact scheduling, order tracking, recorder management and downlink planning for satellite imaging operations. Orbit Logic’s planning software solution for DAF CPS provides advanced planning algorithms, user-friendly GUIs, a multi-user collaborative planning environment, and detailed maps to support the planning process and enhance operator situational awareness, according to company materials.
Those who do not wish to incur the cost associated with direct satellite ownership will be pleased with DigitalGlobe’s Direct Access Program, that establishes trusted partnerships with select defense, intelligence, and commercial customers to provide priority access to DigitalGlobe’s constellation of high-resolution earth observation satellites. This allows customers to integrate DigitalGlobe satellites with their existing resources.