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V-PLANET IST-2000-28095

V-Planet

The Virtual Planet

What?
The Virtual Planet project aims at developing a world-wide leading product, the V-Planet Explorer, based on cutting-edge innovative Virtual Reality techniques, for browsing very high-resolution 3D geographic information in real-time on mainstream personal computers. The V-Planet explorer relates to the Digital Earth database as a Web browser relates to the Internet.
How?
The V-Planet product development will be iterative and in three stages, with end-user involvement all along. The consortium will select, for validation purpose, real-world cases proposed by end-users. The software architecture will be open and modular, allowing the development and integration of external components or plug-ins developed by third party developers. The SRTM database will be used for tuning, test and validation purposes on real cases.
Why?
V-Planet responds to the dual challenge of coping with fast growing volumes of geo-referenced data and of giving Europe a lead in doing so.
For whom?
V-Planet will enable people, experts or ordinary citizens, to explore and interact with the vast amounts of natural and cultural information gathered about the Earth. The V-Planet explorer lends itself to applications in many areas where geo-referenced information is needed, e.g. telecommunications, mapping and GI, planning and construction, science and security, simulation and training, education and entertainment, etc.
By whom?
The consortium has the unique privilege of having early access to the SRTM Mission database and to very high-resolution city models captured with state-of-the-art airborne sensors. It includes top experts in a broad range of scientific domains including VR, GI, Information Technologies, Remote Sensing, Earth Observation. Interaction with NASA's Digital Earth initiative is foreseen.
Participant Name Country
CS SYSTEMES D'INFORMATION F
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES C N E S
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE I
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V. D
INSTITUT GEOGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL F
SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA CENTRO DI RICERCA, SVILUPPO E STUDI SUPERIORI IN SARDEGNA I
When?
The project started 9/2001 and will take 36 months.

Last updated: 20 | 02 | 2002


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