Even though a lot of organisations use CesiumJS and 3D tiles for the purpose of visualising 2D spatial data, in 2018, an additional mapping platform was introduced to complement this. This was the Cesium Ion platform. This is a platform that provides three options:
- 3D tiling pipeline for streaming the data into any device effectively
- Cesium Ion SDK for extending visualisations
- 3D content-like imagery
In order to further modify the existing 3D tiling pipeline system, Cesium Ion introduced integration with FME data integration platform by Safe Software. This further made streaming easy and seamless. It’s a three-step process. The 3D data is first processed with FME. The uploading, tiling and streaming are dealt by Cesium.js. FME integration has many benefits. it helps to keep the web application up to date. This is because as and when there is a change in the underlying data, new visualisations will be created automatically. Thus, there is an automated system of workflow.
Those who use FME will have two format writers. One for writing the 3D tiles and the other for 3D point clouds. These make visualising with Cesium extremely easy. Safe Software also comes up with updated features of FME integration. The next one is this year, 2019, which will be a new Cesium Ion transformer. This new feature will extract the data from FME and process it into Cesium Ion creating a web visualisation with URL. This will be displayed right away in the browser. Cesium by itself and with the collaborations with other tools and frameworks have proved to be a great application for mapping spatial data. It is now widely used in all industries like sports, automobiles etc.