Press Release

NTT DATA, a leading IT services provider, and Remote Sensing Technology Centre of Japan (RESTEC), the heart of the remote sensing industry, announced today that they have begun selling AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution), a highly precise, pre-produced digital-elevation-model 3D map of the world. AW3D Standard, which first launched with five-meter resolution in 2014, is currently used in more than 115 countries.

This latest version of AW3D Standard, which offers 2.5-meter resolution for extra-detailed expression of cities and terrain, will be utilised for a wide variety of global applications. NTT DATA and RESTEC will use AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution) to provide clients with value-added information for urban planning, disaster-damage forecasting, and much more, including customised maps for specific locations and purposes.

Going forward, AW3D will continue to be upgraded and integrated with geospatial-information systems of other partners. The AW3D lineup also includes AW3D Enhanced, AW3D Ortho Imagery, AW3D Building, AW3D Telecom and AW3D Airport, in addition to AW3D Standard. NTT DATA and RESTEC are targeting total AW3D sales of 5 billion yen (USD 46.2 million) in fiscal 2022.

About AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution)

This latest version of AW3D Standard digital 3D maps offers 2.5m resolution. The mapping process uses a floating-point format for height values to achieve highly accurate representations of terrain, including smooth expressions of topography. Compared to 5m resolution, 2.5m resolution offers:

Fine expression of terrain undulations
Expression of coastal landfills, narrow rivers and waterways
Urban structures such as buildings and overpasses
Flat structures such as roads
Katsuichi Sonoda, Senior Vice President and Head of NTT DATA’s Social Infrastructure Solution Sector, said: “3D maps are a foundation in many different fields. This latest version of AW3D Standard, which is believed to be the world’s highest-definition digital map covering the entire globe, presents views of the world with unprecedented clarity. We have been working to apply its datasets in broader fields, so we are confident that this latest version will find broad applications in diverse industries and government-level projects.”

Kaname Ikeda, President of RESTEC said: “AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution) represents a significant step forward in the innovative use of Japan’s cutting-edge space technology. This latest version will enable companies, organizations and governments to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for industry, innovation and infrastructure (Goal 9), sustainable cities (Goal 11), climate action (Goal 13) and goal partnership (Goal 17).”

Usage examples

AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution) supports very accurate simulations and analyses for urban planning and natural-disaster prediction. Offering accuracy equivalent to a map scale of 1/25,000, AW3D Standard (2.5m resolution) is suitable for use as core map information by national governments.


Usage (examples)

Climate change

· Flood and storm surge damage analysis & creation of hazard maps

· Investigations of impact of sea level rise

· Creation of landslide disaster hazard maps

Urban planning

· Creation of topographic maps on a national scale

· Development of urban planning master plans

· Planning construction sites for large-scale infrastructure and routes

Health, water and sanitation

· Watershed analysis

· Ground water research by topographical analysis and well-drilling site selection

· Identification of virus-infection routes through water-flow analysis


· Planning flight plans for aircraft, helicopters and drones

·Enhancement of car navigation

· Wireless network design simulations for 5G

· Space registration and improvement of positional accuracy for other satellite imaginary

Marine and land resources

· Selection of promising areas for mine development

· Geothermal energy research


· Simulation of suitable sites for wind and solar power generation


· Production of videos using computer graphics

· Production of education materials for geography and disaster prevention


Starting at USD 5 per km2for less than 10,000 km2