The six data capturing vehicles of HERE - an open location platform company - has already mapped 50 percent of its 45,000 kilometre mission to create the first digital map of the Philippine road network.
The US$5.4 million project will provide the Philippine Road Board with a 3D and 360-degree real view of its road network. It is managed by a consortium of Geodata Systems Technologies, Geodata Solutions, and Foresight Development & Surveying Company (FDSC) with HERE as technology partner.
Under the agreement, HERE will monitor and update the road network map on an ongoing basis using its Reality Lens solution which will enable the Road Board to visualise and measure changes with an accuracy of 2.5 centimetre.
"This project provides the Road Board with the latest digital tools to meet the challenge of supporting sustained and inclusive economic growth, creating jobs and reducing poverty through maintenance and upgrades of our local roads," said Ruby Soccoro Romero, Location Reference System Project Manager of Road Board, in a press release.
"We will be able to make better informed decisions and manage a more robust accountability framework to ensure funds are used responsibly," Romero continued.
Meanwhile, Brent Stafford, Director of HERE in Asia Pacific (APAC), said that the logistical challenge of physically mapping a road network from scratch was significant.
"The HERE cars have had quite a few ferry journeys, have forged streams and encountered many dead ends on their travels around the country," Stafford explained in a press release. "We found several roads labeled as 17km long in the government's database was actually only 1.7km long, highlighting the data quality issues inherent in the old process. We've also found certain bridges listed on the database to be non-existent."
In addition, HERE said approximately five percent of the total road network will remain unmapped because of security issues or limited access. Despite the challenges, the company expressed confidence that the project will be completed ahead of the two-year schedule.
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