Starting today, Synnex (Synnex Technology International Corporation, 聯強國際) will offer DataMesh Director to its customers and resellers in Taiwan.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 has accelerated enterprises’ demand for augmented reality and mixed reality (MR) applications. DataMesh Director helps customers quickly build digital twin content with no technical background and remote collaborate with the content beyond geographical limitations, allowing Synnex to provide more complete industry solutions in software and hardware integration. The solution will help enterprises transform from a “product business” model to a “product + service business” model in the post-epidemic era.
According to a report released by ABI (Allied Business Intelligence) in February 2021, the global augmented reality (AR) market will be around US$10 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow to US$140 billion in 2025. The AR market covers AR advertising, content, hardware, software, connectivity, licensing, platforms, etc., with industrial applications dominating the enterprise commercial AR applications.
DataMesh is a high-tech product company that builds digital platforms and software tools based on MR+AI technology. With customers in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and North America, DataMesh helps companies centralize product data with its Digital Twin platform. The digital twin apps enable them digitally transform and improve their workforce’s overall efficiency. Many international customers currently use DataMesh Director for remote collaboration, education and training, marketing, planning, maintenance and inspection, and after-sales support.
Take remote collaboration service as an example: it has been used by BELLSYSTEM24 for the after-sales service system of products. In terms of maintenance inspection, the company cooperated with Fujitsu to connect IoT and internal data to provide customers with a digital assistant for first-line employees and create an integrated digital work platform. In addition, Japan’s Obayashi Corporation used DataMesh Director to import BIM data to accelerate construction process communication and collaboration.
With Microsoft HoloLens 2 and hardware devices such as cell phones and tablets, DataMesh One can be used for spatial positioning to accurately project 3D design models onto complex construction sites, helping the overall construction process to confirm completion.
In addition to Autodesk, Microsoft, and Unity software services, Synnex has introduced DataMesh software tools to integrate with AR/MR hardware such as HoloLens 2 and Google Glass. The solution will meet enterprises’ needs with cross-device collaboration support. It is expected to significantly reduce the cost of hardware procurement for enterprises in digital transformation.
Obayashi Corporation (株式会社大林組) has successfully introduced DataMesh Director, a DataMesh digital twin platform service, to empower frontline personnel with BIM data combined with mixed reality technology to improve construction processes’ efficiency on its construction sites. Behind the scene, this is a collaboration result between DataMesh Corporation and TIS Corporation. Obayashi Corporation is one of the top five general construction companies in Japan, ranking first in total assets and revenue.
Due to the population aging and low fertility rate, the number of employees in Japan’s construction industry is decreasing. A large number of employees will likely leave the industry in the future. The construction industry’s unique characteristics lead to longer working hours than other sectors, and employees often work on weekends. To ensure the continued participation of young workers, the most critical issue in the construction industry is how to improve work efficiency and solve the problem of long working hours.
For this reason, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has proposed the i-Construction Policy, which calls for flexible use of ICT technology and BIM/CIM resources, and plans to increase labor productivity by 20% by 2025.
The project led by TIS and DataMesh provides DataMesh Director, a platform for rapidly building 3D construction process, successfully landed the practical application of BIM/CIM model combined with MR technology to improve work efficiency.
Construction Efficiency Improvement
With the gradual increase of city operation management requirements, the city needs to carry out real-time construction since the operation process. The construction contractors’ time slot will be allocated within a few hours after the subway stops running at night. The construction time is extremely tight. If problems arise, existing jobs need to be reworked in time. Otherwise, huge losses may occur.
In previous construction experience, a great deal of time was spent between the commissioner and the contractor’s staff to strictly confirm the construction details to ensure the correct construction process.
In this project, the staff of the Obayashi Corporation imported BIM data by using DataMesh Director. He quickly created the construction process construction in 3D motion. He then used the Mixed Reality hardware devices such as Microsoft HoloLens 2 and iPad to accurately map the construction process to the complex construction site through DataMesh One with spatial positioning. The overall construction process is confirmed.
Jessica Miao, Mixed Reality Asia Pacific Lead at Microsoft, said, “Microsoft highly appreciates this collaboration between the Obayashi group, TIS, and DataMesh in construction projects. In the face of the social problem of decreasing workforce, DataMesh Director realized the combination of MR products and BIM data based on Microsoft HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headset for hands-on guidance of frontline personnel. This will also become a real-time construction and data sharing method in the field of smart cities. We hope that with this pilot, we can form a typical application effect of smart cities globally and further improve the construction of smart cities and the productivity of the construction industry.“
This deployment is divided into two projects as follows.
Railway Bridge Construction Project – Yokohama Loop South Line between Totsuka and Ofuna on the Tokaido Main Line
In the railway bridge construction project, the nine lines operating in real-time around the construction needed to be temporarily blocked after construction. The construction crew had to complete the bridge’s mainframe within 100 minutes to ensure that it would not cause massive traffic disruption.
Obayashi Corporation staff imported BIM data to customize the construction process through the digital twin platform DataMesh Director. He quickly designed the process through zero-code tools, with HoloLens 2/iPad/iPhone to present the engineering materials and construction steps combined with spatial positioning. The engineers onsite can now quickly discover the problems and risks in construction and significantly improve the construction project’s efficiency.
Station Hall Expansion Project – Musashi Kosugi Station on the Yokosuka Line
In the station concourse expansion project, the inclined beams used for reinforcement during construction were exposed in the temporary passageways for passengers, and the impact on moving passengers had to be considered when the project was planned.
The operations staff of the Ohayashi Corporation imported BIM data through DataMesh Director, created the expansion process. Onsite construction workers brought HoloLens 2/iPad to quickly understand the construction process and scale of the project through Mixed Reality, matched the site environment to observe possible construction problems, and strictly controlled the risks that might be caused to the passing passengers during the actual construction.
This project was highly recognized by the Obayashi Corporation as follows.
“The inclined beam ground reinforcement was to be carried out in a very narrow temporary passage for passengers, and the planning of this construction by MR technology was effective in allowing the commissioning party and the staff involved in the construction to understand the construction process and other aspects better.” Keita Koshida, director of the Musashi Kosugi Station Public Works Office, said. “The steel assembly process is presented in MR, allowing even unskilled workers to understand the sequence of real-time construction well, which can solve the problem of lack of human resources to some extent. the application of MR provides a new means of visualization for the construction site, which is very effective in improving site safety. “
“By visually presenting the process of assembling the main girders of the bridge, it facilitates understanding the construction engineering plan and the in-depth planning of future construction plans, thus better illustrating the frontline site situation to the commissioning party. MR technology will play an important role in expressing the project planning, confirming the situation of construction impact on existing and temporary buildings, construction conditions and changes in the surrounding environment after construction.” Yoichi Nishikori, the chief engineer of Yokohama Kanjo Minami Bridge Works Office, said, “When the technology is further developed, MR will also be able to be used for more detailed work, such as site verification and construction release. Making effective use of ICT technology and BIM/CIM can make the business of actual construction more efficient.“
For his part, Takafumi Yamanaka, director of the apex technology planning department at the Oyashi Group Production Technology Headquarters, said, “Before that, we had no available tool for visualizing MR construction processes in construction, and now DataMesh Director enables this function. It is a milestone that DataMesh Director can be used by people who are not professionals and who can create content with it from scratch. There are many situations where DataMesh Director can be used on construction sites, and we will continue to communicate with TIS and DataMesh with each other to make DataMesh Director a tool that can be used by everyone on various construction sites.“
DataMesh Director is a self-developed digital twin content creation and collaboration platform based on the concept of “XR content tools for everyone”.
During modern city construction, the actual construction process varies in different construction plans. The number of construction workers is highly mobile and irregular, so there is a demand for a communication method to better integrate with the construction plan.
Combine BIM/CIM resources with the construction site to effectively utilize the virtual reality In traditional construction sites, detailed process guidance or location confirmation is usually only available in plan drawings. By directly importing existing BIM/CIM resources to DataMesh Director, the construction process can be precisely combined with the real space through mixed reality devices supporting spatial positioning and output as a three-dimensional process in front of frontline personnel. It can effectively ensure that site personnel have a more accurate understanding of the complex site environment and project progress and prevent construction risks. The combination of virtual and real presentation also allows novices to understand the business process quickly and effectively improve construction efficiency.
Zero technical thresholds; everyone can easily create and present 3D MR content By importing BIM/CIM resources, business personnel can use DataMesh Director to quickly edit the construction process into 3D scripts that can be mapped in real space through the operation similar to editing PPT, with low learning cost. It can be published to multiple ends with one click for remote multi-person collaboration. The content production method is simple and can be modified and reused at any time.
Support HoloLens 2, iPhone/iPad, generic XR glasses and mobile devices DataMesh Director supports various content presentation devices, freeing the hands of frontline personnel. From HoloLens 2 and other mixed reality headsets to mobile devices, DataMesh Director supports real-time instructions sharing and cross-device collaboration, efficiently improving construction sites’ communication.
Strategic Cooperation Parties
DataMesh (https://datamesh.com) is a high-tech startup that uses MR+AI to create a digital twin platform. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, DataMesh is serving customers across China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and North America. DataMesh is committed to unlocking the value of enterprise data, building bridges and platforms that connect the virtual and real worlds, and improving frontline employees’ efficiency in industries such as manufacturing, energy, construction, and professional services.
TIS (http://www.tis.co.jp) provides service-oriented IT solutions such as data centers and clouds, in addition to system integration and development support. We have also formed a global support system centered on the China-ASEAN region, contributing to our customers’ business growth as a partner of more than 3,000 companies in a wide range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, distribution/service, public, and communications.
On January 18, 2021, DataMesh strategic partner NCS officially announced the establishment of NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Center (SIC) in China to help enterprise customers accelerate their digital transformation by promoting technology innovation and talent development. Mr. Jie Li, CEO of DataMesh, attended the launch ceremony as the NCS China partner’s representative. NCS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SingTel and a strategic partner of DataMesh.
The NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Center is located in the Tian’an Cloud Valley in Longgang District, Shenzhen, and is the first innovation center established by NCS in China. Thinking Studio and Digital Factory, where customers can work closely with NEXT’s team of experts to develop digital projects to improve business performance and uncover new growth opportunities.
The complete architectural structure of NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Center was created as a digital twin using DataMesh Director, allowing clients to tour through each space layout and usage function through mixed reality.
Based on the two parties’ rich industry experience and excellent technical ecosystem, DataMesh and NCS formally entered into a strategic partnership on November 1, 2020. The partnership allows the two sides to combine technical advantages, share market resources, and work together to create better digital twin solutions for enterprise customers.
The official landing of NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Center also marks another significant progress of the strategic cooperation between DataMesh and NCS. In the future, DataMesh will give full play to its digital twin technology advantages and combine with NCS’s accumulated advantages of digital transformation in the Asia-Pacific region. Both parties will work together to explore more digital twin implementation scenarios actively.
DataMesh DataMesh is a high-tech product company that uses MR+AI technology to build a digital twin PaaS platform and SaaS software products. DataMesh focuses on unlocking enterprise data value, building bridges and platforms that connect the virtual and real worlds, and improving frontline employees’ efficiency in manufacturing, energy, and professional services.
NCS NCS Group is a leading information, communications, and technology ICT service provider in the Asia Pacific with a global footprint. Over the past 40 years, NCS has implemented over 3,500 large-scale, critical, multi-platform projects for government and commercial organizations, providing a wide range of competitive, secure and reliable end-to-end IT solutions and services tailored to our clients.
DataMesh has been accepted as a new Microsoft Mixed Reality DMP (Distributor-Managed Partner). DMP enables DataMesh to co-sell Microsoft HoloLens products with DataMesh apps globally, and support our customers virtually anywhere in the world.
As one of the earliest Mixed Reality Program Partner, DataMesh believes that Digital Twin 3D content creation and collaboration are critical to the success of mixed reality. Our products extended beyond just a single platform. You can create the content once and deploy it anywhere on any device, no matter if it is Microsoft HoloLens, Nreal, Magic Leap, iPad or iPhone, Android Phones, or generic AR glasses. Not only that, our content creation app DataMesh Studio is now officially published on Microsoft Store, Mac OSX Store, iPad App Store. Download and start to build your first AR App now:
Seattle, WA, USA— July 13, 2020 — DataMesh today announced it has been named a finalist of Mixed Reality 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
This award is a recognition of the contribution DataMesh Director made in remote customer support during Covid-19 pandemic.
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were classified in several categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 3,300 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. DataMesh was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services of Mixed Reality in China and Japan.
“It is an honor to recognize the winners and finalists of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft. “These partners go above and beyond, delivering timely solutions that solve the complex challenges that businesses around the world face – from communicating and collaborating virtually to helping customers realize their full potential with Azure cloud services, and beyond. I am proud to honor and congratulate each winner and finalist.”
DataMesh Director version 3.1 – the training guidance content creation platform has been released! With new Microsoft HoloLens 2 and iOS support, users can quickly creates 3D manuals with zero code and then publish to MR and AR devices.
1. UX Upgrade
We revamped the interface of the product. Stage panel and Action List functionare added to smooth the operation. The interface now provides more information without affecting the original editing process.
User can now adjust the angle of observation by the camera angle of view, and can easily select, rotate and shift sub-objects. We also made optimizations to the Library and Object panels, making the organization of the documents much easier.
Stage Panel and Action List
The Stage panel is designed to help the user to manage the stages in the storybook. The concept of Stage Panel is similar with PowerPoint slides panel – it can be switched by the user to view the details of each stage.
Action List can be used to view multiple action content at the same time without affecting the editing process.
2. Better Cross Devices Support
New Microsoft HoloLens 2 support! You can now seamlessly switch and collaborate between iOS devices, HoloLens and PC/Tablets. Android device support coming soon.
Microsoft HoloLens 2 and iOS Support
With Microsoft HoloLens 2’s ToF camera and powerful gesture capabilities, users can now use gestures to manipulate content through Director. iOS device support allows users to directly use the iPhone, iPad for mixed-reality capture. DataMesh Player has been published on the Apple App Store ( Please search DataMesh in the App Store or click to visit https://apps.apple.com/tt/app/datamesh-player/id1470934608 ).
Feature Upgrade and Backward Compatiblity
In order to adapt with more hardware platforms, the new version has made a few adjustments to the default user interface. This interface experience can be changed with customization. The new version will be compatible with content generated by Director 2.3 and 3.0 above.
Learn more about DataMesh Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Starting with version 3.2, Director will remove HoloLens 1 support. The future version will focus on HoloLens 2 and other next-generation AR Glasses. The support lifecycle of verison 3.1 is six months.