February 2014, Luciad - Flying into the future of geospatial visualisation
Take a look at the video and think about what you’re seeing. At a first glance you may mistake it for a simple web-based mapping system, until you spot the jets flying in colour-coded airspace zones over a detailed 3D cityscape. In the distance a Boeing 737 takes off from the airport. Nearby a drone (UAV) is busy updating satellite imagery by draping a video feed over the image of the earth’s surface. With a few clicks, additional layers such as OpenStreetMap are added. Another click switches from 3D spatial view to 2D plan view of the topography, highlighting the drone’s field of vision in more detail. Back in 3D mode, various tactical symbols can be seen positioned over the distant hills. Zooming closer, one hill is partially coloured red, indicating the area covered by a particular sensor. Dynamic line of sight calculations demarcate what any stationary or mobile sensor can and can’t see, both on the ground and in the air. Zooming in further illustrates the software’s precise calculations, down to a few centimeters accuracy. Zoom out into space and you’ll see the tracks of all the world’s air traffic.