Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., as part of its effort to assist in the reconstruction following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, has donated a TerraGo GeoPDF map atlas to the central Japanese government, disaster response headquarters and local governments. By utilizing TerraGo GeoPDF pre- and post-March 11 maps and imagery in residential damage assessment, clerical work of issuing disaster damage certificates can be dramatically simplified. GeoPDF maps are easy to both view
and update from the field and can also be put to effective use in the planning for reconstruction efforts. Distribution of the GeoPDF maps to the disaster response headquarters and local governments in the affected Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures will be carried out by the Japanese Cabinet Office.
The GeoPDF atlas maps to be distributed are comprised of three layers: residential cadaster maps from before the earthquake; flood estimate data and satellite imaging from after the disaster. Users will be able to confirm the condition of affected areas by comparing the different layers, as well as utilize geographical coordinates to add information and images to each location.
The GeoPDF map atlas incorporates residential map data from “Zmap-TOWN II” by Zenrin Co., Ltd., flood estimate data by Pasco Corp. and satellite images by DigitalGlobe.
Hitachi Solutions will also be providing Nikon-Trimble mobile terminal "GPS Pathfinder SB" that includes software to write data on the GeoPDF map to permit on-site uploading of current georegistered data and images to the GeoPDF map atlas. GeoPDF maps can support the inclusion of georegistered audio, video, notes, Web services and other intelligence.
Hitachi Solutions plans to expand support coverage in response to requests from local governments, provide add-on tools for integrating data on the GeoPDF maps using cloud services and continue to seek ways it can assist in reconstruction efforts.
In addition, Hitachi Solutions will supply Hitachi StarBoard® interactive whiteboards, which can be placed in disaster response headquarters, for example, to disseminate information and draft support efforts more efficiently. Learn More
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