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IR-GIS ® MapWorld is a fantastic new product offering 3D stereoscopic rendering of real-time position reports (read that as Virtual Reality).

The following exhibited screen shots show some of the aspects of the product's rendering capabilities. Aircraft data is acquired from live-to-air public transmission by the aircraft themselves and received by Open Source piaware receivers. A conversion program and tracker piCap were written to convert between the receiver captured data and the IR-GIS ® application ir-xml format, and then injected into activemq JMS topics for distribution to the remaining IR-GIS ® applications.

All the real-time data is injected into the system transport layers, and uses a simple user-extensible format ir-xml. The same formats are used for capture, recording, display and play-back. The data can even be exported and imported from file.

Other exhibits will come to light as I progress the designs further.


BMBR138 landing at CB (after QFA818 - which I lose at that height)
Fire fighters departing Canberra to bomb the fires - see the spot fires in red provided by NASA FIRMS WMS


Two water bombing 737's flying abreast


3D labels
The aircraft flying through the sky from Bunyan NSW looking North towards Canberra Australia
From Bunyan NSW looking North with the image layer on
Bunyan NSW zoomed-in with the image layer on
Qatar zoomed in on Hamad International airport
Pearl Qatar
Pearl Qatar - zoomed in
Boeing Field, Seattle USA
Side-by-side 2D and 3D

Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport, Australia
Canberra Airport, Australia
Canberra Airport, Australia


Various Rendering techniques were conducted until Trial-7 proved that satisfactory results could be had.

These initial trial results were captured to judge efficacy of 3D rendering real-time position reports within the technology. The regular data were constructed via the cross-hatch test, which is a standard simulated load that is used to characterise the IR-GIS ® MapView 2D client and its development. It's a sends swaf of aircraft flying at altitude and constant latitude on the TRACKS and ATC raw feeds, including annotation text, and Flight Plan data so activemq, the HPS, and clients can be loaded.

The random data test was produced by a special written program to create individual Features containing only one Position Report.

trial 7 run 1 - crosshatch
trial 7 - crosshatch zoomed in
57,243 random position reports representing an aircraft each, and contained in a rectangular latitude, longitude and altitude - this loaded the system a little - it was fun watching it paint in the space in that cubic. I think it illustrated a weakness in the Java random-number generator (I did not bother producing post processing Math.random())

More data will be published here after we progress a little further down the track.