The team here at Brockwell and our newest partner, CycloMedia USA, have been working together on a big project for Kingston, Ontario. CycloMedia will be using their data and imagery equipped vehicles to drive through Kingston and gather data and images through out the City in an effort to create a 3D virtual map of the Kingston, Ontario area. The data collected, also call GeoCycloramas, will capture 360-degree images of Kingston’s cityscape with accuracy down to the centimeter, allowing for a complete digital visualization.
The data collection is part of an initiative by the city to track their assets and manage inventory without having to send survey crews into the field. In addition to the use of the imagery and geospatial data for conflict resolution, it can be a very powerful tool for situational awareness in emergency situations. In a recent article, Jeff Bumstead, Chief Information Officer for the City of Kingston, said “It’s really allowing us to begin the creation of a kind of a virtual view of the city so that we can track assets and count assets without necessarily having to drive around the streets all of the time.”
With every department in the city having access to the data, the value of the imagery and information can be spread through a variety of activities including park planning, residential development, forecasting the effects of proposed projects or even determining tree trimming needs. The city of Kingston is also going to employ the use of the Brockwell Street Smart Plugin to be able to utilize the data in a meaningful, efficient way.
From left: Andrew (driver); Phil Healey (City of Kingston) and Jordan Rogers (City of Kingston).