vieWTerra Evolution, vieWTerra Mobile and vieWTerra Base from VWORLD form a combined “GIS & Simulation” suite of products allowing responders to rapidly build a virtual 4D representation (3D synthetic environment+ Time dimension) of any potential area on Earth, available both on desktop PC (off-line/on-line product) and mobile devices (Web browser application for PC, tablets and smartphones). These solutions provide a Common Operational Picture to both the Command Center and the rescue units out in the field.
ABOUT THE SOLUTION:
vieWTerra Evolution is a 4D Earth Viewer as well as a data & assets integration and development platform. It can be used to model any type of 3D scene on Earth and create scenarios at their real-world location to simulate events in the Crisis phase, and to serve as global repository for building a custom Earth-wide GIS, either used perfectly off-line (on PC, laptops or Windows tablets, using cache for possible use out-in-the-field also), or ported on an on-line architecture (Internet or Intranet private server), in order to allow the sharing of information and assets between multiple stakeholders in the Crisis phase. Exchange of information can be conducted both ways, either to and from the field notably allowing photos taken on-site, using commonly-used smartphones/tablets, to be shared with the Command Center.
vieWTerra Evolution presents an ellipsoidal model of the Earth defined at a certain level of resolution (vieWTerra Base global 29m Imagery, 90m DEM- upcoming 2020: 29m DEM, 29m Land Cover database) and allows its users to integrate accurate Imagery, DEM and Land Cover datasets up to 45cm resolution anywhere on the Globe, without any area coverage limitations.
Already offers continuous time of day (real-time shadows and lights) and dynamic weather simulation capabilities, which could be tied to current day weather data feed.
Provides easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionalities for adding one's own data and assets from multiple sources (3D objects/ buildings, dynamic and user-controllable entities such as rescue units across all domains, e.g. helicopters, drones, fire trucks, vessels etc., which can be used either to create scenarios or represent movements of live assets-using communication protocols; shapefiles or 2D drapes defining e.g. heatmaps, maps, spreading models, tactical situation...; photogrammetry or LiDAR-acquired 3D terrain or objects models; custom labels, information or instructions under PDF form, on-site taken photos, videos or audio recordings…), all within the same software.
Alternatively can be used also to access any Open Geospatial Consortium standard WMS/WMTS data streams, displayed as additional layers over the vieWTerra virtual Globe, such as Open Street Map cartography, Copernicus web services Imagery or Copernicus
Management Service assets such as EFFIS fire forecasts, etc.
vieWTerra Evolution also offers real-time orthorectification and draping of newly-acquired Imagery from satellite or drone acquisition as state-of-the-art prototype module for rapid mapping and updating of the terrain database.
vieWTerra Mobile complementary application allows the display of the same data and assets database in a mobile, Internet or Intranet- based HTML5 Viewer application (cross-plaform: PC/Mac, tablet, smartphones).
WHAT DOES THE SOLUTION BRIDGE?
- Limitations in the ability to model large areas (preparedness phase) and provide instant mapping (response phase)
- issues: notably by incorporating disparate data sources and allowing data sharing between multiple stakeholders, since all datasets are merged in a single « One World » environment and encapsulated a single database
- Lack of Common Operational Picture: brings 3D visualization (very cognitive and interactive real-world like environment) in support of the conduct of operations both to decision-makers and commanders in the Command Center and to response units out in-the-field