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Exploring true potential of 3D geospatial

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Patrick Cozzi, CEO, Cesium

The digital transformation that is sweeping across industries is driving incredible interest in our work. Construction, real estate, aerospace, autonomous vehicles and other industries that rely on information from the physical world need software to make sense of their 3D geospatial data to make better decisions. Some of the technological advancements driving this trend are the proliferation of sensors, be it cellphone cameras, drones, or LIDAR, and the increase in computing power that allows us to create 3D models of the world. These days, 3D geospatial is more available than ever, and data is being collected at faster rates and in higher resolution.

When we think about the proliferation of sensors, IOT, edge computing, cloud computing and GPUs to build 3D models, the key piece that brings all these together is the conduit through which data moves. 5G will increase our bandwidth exponentially. It is the advancement that will allow us to realize the potential of all this data. On the dissemination side, 5G will lead to richer experiences on devices like cellphones. Using formats like 3D Tiles to stream content, you can now bring higher resolution, more accurate and more visually pleasing content to more users.

Innovating at every step

At its core, Cesium’s mission is to fundamentally advance 3D geospatial. We think that there is so much potential for 3D geospatial that the industry players need to work together, and we are facilitating this by building Cesium to be the open platform that can serve as the DNA for the rest of the industry, as well as investing in the creation or adoption of open standards to allow interoperability. As a company, we are investing very heavily in R&D.

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Our core objective is to realize the potential of 3D geospatial data. Since this data is by nature fundamentally complex and three-dimensional, our mission demands that we innovate at every step.

Acting responsibly to build trust

As technologists, we have a responsibility to take data privacy into account with every advancement we make. Trust is earned by continuously doing the right thing. Cesium was first developed in 2011 and earned trust as an open-source project with a lot of transparency. As our company grows, we will continue serving our customers, creating and supporting open standards and educating the next generation of geospatial experts.

Moving forward

We need to stay focused on our mission to advance 3D geospatial and put data to work in the world. In the face of a global recession, the use of geospatial technology and the tools to interpret that information can help users save money and make more efficient use of time. Even now, a lot of GIS analysts need to employ a manual or semi-manual process to tag information and images. The ability to have trained AI models that can do this with high accuracy and speed will improve efficiency, lower the cost of semantic data and make data dissemination faster.

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