Japan's NTT Data partners with Indian firm to tap 3D mapping market

NEW DELHI, NNA - Japan's major information technology service provider NTT Data Corp. has joined hands with an Indian mapping company to develop large-scale 3D map datasets for supply to telecommunications and various other sectors in the South Asian country.

The Japanese company and New Delhi-based CE Info Systems Pvt. Ltd., which runs digital map MapmyIndia, have started selling mapping data, named AW3D India, of the capital and other major cities such as Mumbai and Bengaluru, and are planning to extend its coverage across the country by the end of this year, NTT Data said.

"Through our collaboration with MapmyIndia, we look forward to establishing a leading position in India's 3D mapping market," Shinichi Usui, senior vice president of the Tokyo-based IT solution provider, said in a statement.

AW3D, jointly developed with the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, has been used in 500 projects in more than 70 countries, mainly for infrastructure development in Asia and Africa.

The two companies are expecting its Indian version to be utilized for such development and disaster prevention measures for the government and its agencies as well as sectors such as telecoms, automotive, construction, insurance for 4G and 5G network planning, insurance risk mitigation and smart city planning.

In May 2015, NTT Data, the system development subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., launched an enhanced service that offers high-definition and high-resolution satellite images of buildings and other structures, including their heights, in a vector-map format. (NNA/Kyodo)