Cesium enables developers and data providers to build dynamic 3D geospatial applications
3D data is all around us. Today this data is being collected at astonishing rates, every second of every day, by sensors on satellites, aircraft, cars, drones, and nearly everything. But we're hardly doing anything to use this data. With Cesium we want to change this and unleash the power of this 3D content by creating a platform that makes it easy for developers to use this data in their applications.
An End-To-End 3D Geospatial Solution
Cesium is a complete platform for 3D geospatial data - handling everything from optimization to visualization to analytics. At the heart of our platform is 3D tiling, which transforms massive and diverse 3D geospatial data into streamable 3D content ready to be used in your application and in any environment.
More and more people are using Cesium, across industries and for many different purposes. The Toyota Research Institute uses Cesium to create accurate simuluations of road environments captured by sensors on its autonomous vehicles. Propellor uses Cesium to visualize ultra high resolution digital twins from drone data for remote site inspections, and each year NORAD, one of our earliest adopters, uses Cesium to track Santa's path around the world on Christmas Eve.
Cesium Platform Overview
Cesium ion is a robust, scalable, and secure cloud platform for tiling and hosting data. Upload your content and Cesium ion will optimize it, tile it into web-friendly formats, host it, and stream it out to any device.
Making 3D data accessible
3D geospatial data is more readily available than ever, at higher resolutions, and captured over periods of time. However, this data is often individually held or not widely available. We're working to change that by allowing you to bring your data into Cesium and fuse it with a growing number of 3D data sets that we provide directly and through partnerships with 3D content providers.
Bring your own data
Cesium's robust and performant pipelines tile your data and stream it in 3D in the cloud or on private networks - whether you have point clouds, photogrammetry, CityGML, 3D buildings, BIM, CAD, design models, terrain, or imagery.
Search through our growing library of curated data for base layers, such as global terrain, that can act as a canvas for your own data in Cesium.
We collaborate with data partners to provide additional datasets for use in Cesium and to combine with your own data.
Not All 3D Content is Created Equal
We saw a need for formats specifically designed for 3D geospatial visualization - and the unique needs of massive, precise, 3D data at a global scale. So we developed a number of open standards and specifications for streaming massive 3D datasets — most significantly 3D Tiles.
3D Tiles is now an OGC Community Standard , and core to Cesium's tiling pipelines. It's interoperable with other platforms and tools, and we love seeing its adoption grow. As the creators of 3D Tiles, we know the specification inside out, and leverage it for optimal tiling, streaming, and visualization.
Many of the tools and features that power our cloud platform are also available for offline and on-premise use. Contact our sales team to discuss what your project needs - we're happy to find the best solution for you.