The new 3-dimensional computer mapping of indoor spaces will soon be seen in all the researchers and government agencies across the country. The Singapore Government is warming up to this new trend and believes 3D mapping will enhance public security for emergency situations.

The value and benefits of GIS technology have been widely accepted throughout Singapore’s government. With Esri being the pioneer and global leader in GIS Technology, has been helping in building reliable solutions and Maps which can be useful for public security, urban warfare scenarios and heritage preservation in the country.

Mr. Pramotedham who is a chief executive at Esri said Singapore is not only a “thought leader” in such technology but also turning ideas into reality, and that many other cities are learning from the Republic. He also added that the real power of 3D mapping goes beyond visualization. It lies in an ability to put many different types of information together, analyze the data and generate solutions to problems.

People are thinking about mapping out a 3D city but we’re actually doing it.

These 3D maps will have detailed interior spaces information which is collected with the help of lasers. This kind of information could help simulate and manage crowds in situations such as fire evacuation, attack or even military in tackling urban warfare scenarios.

Another use of this 3D mapping involves tracking of people’s locations and movements inside any particular place. The technology uses radio transmitters such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to triangulate the person’s position with a smart device that detects those radio signals.

The NRF’s Mr. Loh said this kind of data, which is kept anonymous to protect people’s privacy, could also help shopping malls understand customer preferences and improve the navigability of their premises.

The Government Technology Agency’s Geospatial Specialist Office is also working on improving the accuracy of this wireless tech from meters to centimeters. The sample data research on crowd movement was done at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier this year. Potential candidates to start the implementation of the projects were MRT stations, schools and community centers.

Mr. George Loh, director of programmes at the National Research Foundation (NRF) said,

We are talking to different agencies to see their needs so that we can prioritize some of the spaces to be modeled.

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