3D city software provider Nextspace is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a move to Auckland's proposed Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, the first technology company to set up shop in the area.
Chief executive Gavin Lennox said: “Our business is all about cities and Auckland City is one of our key customers. It makes sense that we move into the heart of the city, to an area that’s been earmarked as a technology innovation hub.”
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) general manager Clyde Rogers said Nextspace was exactly the type of company the city is hoping to attract to Wynyard Quarter.
“Our focus is adding value to the high-tech sector, producing high demand exports that build on Auckland’s reputation as an attractive place to innovate and do business. Nextspace is leaping ahead of the pack in the 3D technology industry and is an ideal first tenant for Wynyard Quarter.”
Nextspace has 12 employees and late last year attracted investment capital to further develop and export its Visual City technology.
Auckland City is using Visual City to communicate the Auckland Plan, and to simulate scenes and activities as if they were viewing them in the real world.
An Australian water company is also using the same technology to “visualise the underground” when installing sewerage systems, and Auckland University geologists are using it to advance their understanding of earthquakes and volcanoes.
“The way we interpret and communicate information will increasingly involve advanced 3D geospatial technologies,” said Lennox.
“Just as everyone is familiar with Google Earth and its 'streetviews', new applications for 3D visualisation will continue to become mainstream, providing cities and other agencies new ways of presenting information and engaging in public debate.”
The Prime Minister’s chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, will officially open Nextspace's new offices on the upper floor of 117 Pakenham St West today.