BUILD YOUR SMART CITY SMARTER

THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE

What does the not so far off future have in its store? Take the following scenario: it’s Monday evening, people are returning home after a long day at the office. They’re boarding the train or joining a car share. And the lights? They direct and navigate the people driving home, so that they can take the shortest route home. Within the residential neighborhood, sensors warn against leaks, air pollution, fire hazard and other dangers, plan out garbage collection and even share this important information with the locals.

As of today, Singapore is the world’s smartest city, thanks to a system of cameras capable of monitoring traffic, as well as the level of cleanliness on the streets. Barcelona has implemented smart parking technologies, smart street lighting and street sensors that monitor air quality and noise levels.

The following is a film clip produced by LinkedIn documenting the comings and goings in the smart city of Palo Alto:

3D INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A SMARTER CITY

To become a smart city, there is a need for a smart three dimensional base map, upon which new layers of information can be loaded through applications. Replacing traditional maps with GIS layers is a simple, inexpensive process. Examples of apps and tech that can be loaded onto a map include: infrastructure data, sensors location and data, electricity usage analysis, public transportation, city congestion analysis, city tax information, assets, transportation, building discrepancies, municipal services, waste disposal management, municipal parking management, citywide billboard management – and much more.  And This is just the start of a smart city’s development.

In essence, many applications already exist in most cities, but without a three-dimensional map as a platform for their implementation, they can only be seen in two dimensions (x,y) and thus miss the height dimension (Z), which adds to the analyzed data all the elements in height and depth. By combining the X,Y,Z information the decision makers can draw conclusions by most accurate spatial geographical information and make the city a truly smart hub.

Upon loading the applications and technologies onto the three-dimensional map, you are privy to a new and exciting world! The advantage of this kind of a map is that you obtain a clear, intuitive visual image and the ability to create models of buildings and any object that has a z axis (height), a critical dimension to measure in cities.

When the foundation is made precise (to the centimeter), it is clear that any layer placed upon it will be accurate as well, so that the observer will understand what he is seeing and will be able to use the model with ease (to to visualize and analyze the desired urban area ).

The result: a smart city (map) with the necessary height and depth dimensions and infinite other modelling possibilities that can be implemented – today and in the future… For example, using the model you can virtually enter any structure, view its plan, the interior of its floors and place sensors according to need, so you can gather information or complete actions.

Enjoy your smart city

Who are the people who will benefit from a smart city? In truth, nearly everyone, but for the purpose of this article, we chose to divide them into three main groups:

The municipalities – The platform enables various municipal stakeholders to manage and control their services by using a multi-layered, three-dimensional system, which operates as a decision-making tool and enables decision-makers to effectively and efficiently fulfill their public duties. The platform can also be used to promote the city’s offerings and services to its citizens, tourists and visitors.

Relevant business and service providers – The platform can also be used by commercial and real estate stakeholders as a method of augmented reality, to make their products and services more accessible to potential clients and partners. Additionally, service providers can use the platform to apply for licenses and obtain permissions from the municipality (for business licenses, building permits, billboard permits, etc.).

Citizens, visitors and tourists – The platform is very easy to use, requiring no prior knowledge to operate it. As such, any citizen or tourist can acquire a large amount of information through the municipal system, including the location of urban events, security event, a 3D view of hotels, city attractions and more, right through the smartphone. The 3D platform enables viewers to learn a lot about the city via innovative, user-friendly technology.

SWITCH TO 3D, IT’S SO EASY!

The future is already here! True, this we already said, but now let’s show you a live example. Here it is:

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to switch your two-dimensional map for a three-dimensional one. It’s easy, quick and affordable. Three-dimensional modelling will enable you to visualize your dreams, as well as any app or technology you desire, in the most precise, visual way.

The correct infrastructure is what will determine how well and how fast your city will grow into a smart city everyone will enjoy.

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How Three-dimensional Modelling Drives Planning Project Success

Businesses and organizations, such as planning and architecture offices, project management, entrepreneur, real-estate or infrastructure companies, municipalities, governments or other official bodies involved in entrepreneurial planning project activities often face a number of significant challenges, in part related to the geographic layout infrastructure their projects are based upon.

Experienced challenges include:

  1. Understanding possible project planning alternatives and selecting the optimal alternative according to the real geographic location and volume of the surrounding, easily and with high levels of certainty.
  2. Implementing excellent planning that takes into account all important variables, while simultaneously reducing risks and bringing about positive, long-term results.
  3. Recruiting funds and obtaining permits, as quickly as possible.

Sample of 3d modelling of the city of Haifa

Three-dimensional modelling is known worldwide for its unique capability to perfectly respond to and fulfil the above challenges.

The future is right in front of our eyes

Three-dimensional modelling is the ideal product to complement well-known two-dimensional mapping products, such as Orthophoto and the like. It enables a visual dimension that tabulates the height and volume of urban and commercial environments, thus creating a far more realistic feel with geographic applications capabilities. The following are some of its most significant advantages:

A picture is worth a thousand words

In human eyes, when a concept or information is not presented in a visual form, we often struggle to create a visual image in our brains. This can be particularly challenging when trying to maneuver about a new, or complex urban area. There is a need for great efforts to be made to derive conclusions and results, which usually are not uniform across the board, and maybe are not even desirable, with respect to the presenter’s goals.

3D modelling serves as the base layer for smart city applications. The three-dimensional model transforms all information into a far simpler schema. You can obtain a clear, three-dimensional, 360 degree image of all elements previously obtained via two-dimensional modelling, within a given space. That way, you can visualize the city you are traveling in – and get around with greater ease.

Here’s an example:

Waiter, I’d like this dish please

With three-dimensional modelling, presenting and examining possible project alternatives is simpler than ever – simply enter all available information into the model’s program and enjoy an instant visual presentation of any and all relevant alternatives and their individual ramifications, with superior clarity. This enables smooth, straightforward and speedy understanding of preferable directions to be taken, no more complex or challenging than selecting a dish from a restaurant menu. This capability significantly reduces resistance on the part of people and tenants involved in the project, while enabling significant savings on time and resources.

Child’s play

Three-dimensional modelling is capable of supplying a full image of any zone, including possible environmental, height and shading ramifications, location of obstacles both present and imminent and more.

For example, you can obtain a visual of the view from a planned building and learn how it might be obstructed or how the building’s rooms might be affected by sunlight or shade, at any given time of day. With three-dimensional modelling, you can precisely examine the ins and outs of any planned building, from any angle, with superior precision.

Often, the model leads to insights that could not otherwise be reached. The tool also enables the identification of obstacles that tend to be hard to source.

All of the information presented via a three-dimensional model, as well as any changes in data, are immediately identified and presented as reality, very much as if you were immersed in a virtual reality game. Thanks to this planning tool, project operators possessing even the most basic field knowledge can easily obtain a clear view of the field, examine various scenarios, prevent projects from being delayed and reduce the risk of tremendous financial costs.

A powerful marketing tool

Three-dimensional modelling transforms your project marketing and permit obtaining processes into far simpler, speedier and more successful endeavors. This is because people find it much easier to view information in an attractive, exciting, true-to-reality and three-dimensional format.

Minimal costs, maximal value

The cost of utilizing three-dimensional modelling is generally negligible, especially in comparison to the financial value it generates; directly via better planning and hastened timetables and indirectly by preventing steps that could lead to significant financial losses – during and following the project’s implementation.

Sample of 3d modelling of the city of Jerusalem

Once a project’s details are rendered into a three-dimensional model, the entire planning, construction and implementation process is simplified. The cloud of information hovering over those involved and those making decisions dissipates. All alternatives and problems are made visible, fostering an environment of easy and educated decision making, without requiring significant effort.

Sample projects

Planning and simulation of cable car in Jerusalem, Israel

The three-dimensional model helped the client plan and present its project to decision makers, committees and other sources involved in the project’s implementation. The tool enabled the client to understand what the project required from planning, management and financial perspectives.

Simulation of the cable car provided a comprehensive picture of the intended final product, including:

  1. Where the cable car will travel
  2. What the environment is like at ever cable point of passage
  3. Where all cable car stops will be located
  4. What will be seen from the cable car’s windows
  5. Limitations and environmental influences
  6. Alternative trajectories and the economic and environmental impact of any required changes
  7. Height limitations of cable car poles in the Old City, in an attempt to respect a highly important area.

Here it is, Click and play with the model below:

Interactive 3D Modelling of Jerusalem – Click on it!

Mapping of Cyprus, to strengthen local tourism and to increase Tax collection

The Cyprus Government sought to create a more realistic image of how the Island looks and what can be found on it, to improve local tourism, investment, Tax assessment (by assessing building volume) planning and development endeavors. We created a three-dimensional model of the entire area of Cyprus – roughly 550,000 buildings (!). The modelling enabled viewers to feel as though they were walking around the island – a truly exciting, attractive and interactive product.

 

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