3 firms to sell electronic map system to municipalities.TOKYO, July 24 Kyodo
Electric Power Development Co. and two other firms are planning to market a new type of geographic information systems (GIS) in which even day-to-day changes in cityscapes and streets can be inputted, the company said Wednesday.
Electric Power Development, a semigovernmental company, is teaming up with Meidensha Corp., a heavy electrical machinery maker, and Shobunsha Publications Inc., to sell the system, targeting mainly prefectural pre·fec·ture
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The prototype of the new computer software for the system was developed by Yutaka Osawa, a professor at Saitama University Saitama University (埼玉大学 Saitama Daigaku abbreviated 埼大 Saidai) is a Japanese national university headquartered in Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. , the officials said.
The new system could be utilized when municipalities draw up city development plans or devise measures to shield the urban environment from pollutants at low cost, they said.
Starting with an exhibition in the city of Nagasaki on Aug. 1, the three companies will demonstrate the new system at a string of exhibitions in 10 major cities throughout the country, they said.
GIS models are capable of assembling, storing, editing and displaying geographic information onto users' computer monitors.
At present, some 100 local governments across Japan are using some forms of GIS, according to according to
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But the users of conventional GIS models have to replace the entire data of an electronic map when they update the map in line with changes in street layouts and cityscape (company) CityScape - A re-seller of Internet connections to the PIPEX backbone.
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The new one allows users to replace only those portions of the electronic map where changes have taken place. This innovation allows users to closely follow up and examine new changes in cityscape and street layout as time goes by, the company said.
It could even enable users of the new GIS to input the day-to-day movements of the cherry blossom front across the Japanese Archipelago Archipelago (ärkĭpĕl`əgō) [Ital., from Gr.=chief sea], ancient name of the Aegean Sea, later applied to the numerous islands it contains. The word now designates any cluster of islands. , the officials said.
The three companies plan to make publicly available the prototype of the new computer software as well as the stored data of the electronic maps via the Internet free of charge, they said.
After carrying out market research, the companies plan to commercialize the new electronic map business, starting in April next year, the officials said.