DataMesh to Advance Digital Twin and XR Accessibility with New Updates to the FactVerse Platform

Singapore, 24 May, 2024 – DataMesh, a pioneering tech innovator democratising Digital Twin, announces a series of updates to the FactVerse platform, including the release of Data Fusion Services (DFS). Utilising the cutting-edge capabilities of the Snapdragon Spaces™ XR Developer Platform, DataMesh introduces a diverse range of applications to various AR glasses and tablets globally, delivering unmatched XR experiences for enterprise users.

DataMesh empowers hundreds of customers to enhance operational efficiency and achieve innovative business outcomes by facilitating the construction of digital twin scenarios, fostering symbiotic virtual and real environments, and seamlessly integrating with business applications. Today, with new extended coverage and performance improvements, DataMesh is further moving forward with its mission of making digital twin more accessible and empowering frontline workers.

Jie Li, CEO and Founder of DataMesh, emphasises,

“The support from the Snapdragon Spaces team is invaluable. DataMesh is shaping the future, creating innovative experiences that are impactful for businesses and help ordinary people improve capabilities.”

Steve Lukas, Director of XR Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. acknowledges DataMesh for its expertise in digital twins and the seamless integration of FactVerse SDK with Lenovo headsets and the Snapdragon ecosystem.

“Working with companies like DataMesh is truly inspiring,” says Steve. “Companies utilising Snapdragon Spaces can better adopt digital twin-based experiences through XR, and we’re excited to continue working to expand the XR ecosystem.”

DataMesh FactVerse: Driving Innovations with Industrial Digital Twin

Focusing on manufacturing, architecture, engineering & construction (AEC), and facility management, DataMesh drives transformation and operational efficiency in a cost-effective and compliant manner. Recent practices showcase FactVerse’s advantages to drive long-term productivity improvements:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Innovation: DataMesh collaborates with an aircraft maintenance company to build a flight data analysis platform. Unlike the earlier platform, limited to post-flight and partial manual monitoring and analysis of onboard data, the new independent platform powered by DataMesh FactVerse supports comprehensive exploration, analysis, anomaly detection, and fault prediction based on different stages of aircraft flight and maintenance business requirements, thereby improving overall efficiency and automating the means of discovering anomalies to identify potential risks.
  • Automotive Manufacturing Innovation: DataMesh collaborates with an automotive company to build an industrial digital twin platform with FactVerse, supporting digital mapping, monitoring, diagnosis, prediction, simulation, and optimisation of key data. It effectively optimises across equipment design, process, production, quality, and operation and maintenance aspects, enabling the automotive manufacturer to rebuild competitiveness in the global market.

New Updates on FactVerse

FactVerse DFS serves as a fusion engine connecting and processing data from various industrial systems, playing a critical role in creating and managing digital twin scenarios on the FactVerse platform, breaking down barriers between data acquisition platforms, simulation platforms, and analysis platforms. DFS addresses two major challenges in applying digital twin: efficient and stable integration of various types of enterprise business system data and rapid standardisation of enterprise business data processing.

The new FactVerse Designer 1.1 brings a user experience tailored to common business environments, introduces standard business workflows, offers practical assistance and value to frontline personnel, and provides robust simulation capabilities and an easy-to-use drag-and-drop experience.

Additionally, the FactVerse platform enhances its IoT connectivity, now offering Brick Schema-based relational structure import and export, further enhancing compliance with Singapore’s building green standard specifications.

The long-trusted 3D+XR process design and training product DataMesh Director has extended compatibility with popular XR headsets such as Lenovo ThinkReality VRX, A3, Apple Vision Pro, and Meta Quest 3. Users can install the glasses version of these FactVerse digital twin applications from app stores and easily design training content, easily publishing it to XR headsets and tablets across platforms for an enhanced experience in business scenarios such as training.

Furthermore, there are many enhancements on FactVerse AI, DataMesh Inspector, and FactVerse SDK, to name a few.

About DataMesh

DataMesh is democratising Digital Twin technology, empowering frontline workers, and driving enterprise-level innovation globally. Headquartered in Singapore, DataMesh has supported over 500 customers across Japan, North America, Southeast Asia, China, and Australia. In 2020, DataMesh was the only finalist from Asia in the Microsoft Partner of the Year, Mixed Reality category. The company won NTT Docomo’s top DX award in 2021 and was enrolled in the IMDA Spark program in Singapore. Additionally, DataMesh was recognised in Forbes Asia’s ‘100 to Watch’ list in 2022.

Snapdragon and Snapdragon Spaces are trademarks or registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon and Qualcomm branded products are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Qualcomm patented technologies are licensed by Qualcomm Incorporated.

DataMesh Contributes to Success of SMART MANUFACTURING SUMMIT

As the inaugural event of “Global Industrie,” one of Europe’s largest industrial trade fairs, held in Japan, the SMART MANUFACTURING SUMMIT is currently ongoing from today until the 15th at the Aichi Sky Expo in Aichi Prefecture. Aichi Prefecture Government, in collaboration with KDDI and DataMesh, has jointly created an immersive digital industrial landscape based on MR technology, integrating the concept of Industry 5.0 into the summit experience to promote the development of the next-generation industrial revolution and strengthen innovation exchange between Japan and Europe.

The summit aims to drive the development of Industry 5.0 and enhance innovation exchange between Japan and Europe. At the summit, a variety of interactive digital scenes deployed based on the DataMesh digital twin platform provide an engaging experience for participants. From introducing the cultural history and industrial evolution of Aichi Prefecture to guiding attendees through virtual routes between booths using avatars, and showcasing various 3D industrial machinery such as die-casting machines, large-scale industrial printers, and laser equipment through MR, DataMesh’s applications significantly enhance product displays and overall participant engagement. Additionally, DataMesh FactVerse, an industrial metaverse platform was also applied in virtual factory demonstrations, showcasing data-driven smart manufacturing scenarios in the Industry 5.0 era.

Industry 5.0 complements and enhances Industry 4.0, bringing value in several aspects:

  • More humane working environments: Industry 5.0 emphasizes human-machine collaboration, freeing humans from tedious, repetitive tasks to focus on more creative and valuable work, enhancing work experience and satisfaction.
  • Sustainable development: Industry 5.0 focuses on environmental protection and sustainable resource utilization, achieving the unity of economic and social benefits through the development of circular economy, reducing energy consumption, and waste emissions.
  • Enhanced enterprise resilience: Industry 5.0 helps enterprises improve their ability to respond to emergencies, enhance the resilience of supply chains and production systems, and address various risks and challenges.
  • Personalized customization: Industry 5.0 can meet consumer demand for personalized products through human-machine collaboration and intelligent technology, realizing flexible production and customized services.
  • Attracting and retaining talents: Industry 5.0 provides a more challenging and creative work environment, attracting and retaining high-quality talents, enhancing enterprise competitiveness.

Industry 5.0 provides a genuine opportunity for the manufacturing industry to re-industrialize production in a smart and responsible manner. As one of the leaders in technology innovation in manufacturing, construction, and other fields, DataMesh has long collaborated with leading enterprises and organizations such as Aichi Prefecture Government, KDDI, etc., dedicated to providing cutting-edge digital twin and mixed reality expertise and experience globally, rapidly building flexible, data-driven digital twin scenarios, and helping enterprises meet ecological and green development requirements.

Through the democratization of digital twin and XR technology, DataMesh has helped enterprises optimize operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve efficiency in fields such as manufacturing, AEC (Architectural Engineering and Construction), and facility equipment maintenance, significantly enhancing the capabilities of frontline workers and addressing social challenges such as declining birth rates and aging populations. DataMesh Director is widely deployed in Japanese manufacturing and construction fields, enabling frontline workers to easily create digital twin content and improve work efficiency, promote team communication and collaboration, and enhance the speed and quality of professional training. Furthermore, DataMesh Director plays an important role in after-sales services, providing high-quality after-sales services remotely through XR technology, breaking geographical constraints, and improving the employment environment.

The SMART MANUFACTURING SUMMIT, organized by GL events and co-sponsored by Aichi Prefecture Government, has attracted participation from hundreds of companies from 40+ countries worldwide and is expected to host over 15,000 attendees.

DataMesh is proud to have contributed to this event and welcomes industry professionals to visit Booth SD-02 in D-Hall to experience the Aichi Digital Island showcase and engage in interactive discussions with us. Committed to constant innovation and the Democratization of Digital Twin, DataMesh continuously provides advanced digital transformation solutions to address increasingly complex challenges and drive revolutionary innovation in manufacturing and beyond.

FactVerse Express Opens for Global Creators to Innovate in XR Amid Spatial Computing Trend

Today, DataMesh unveils its cutting-edge spatial computing innovation – FactVerse Express, a powerful and user-friendly content creation tool designed for global users to effortlessly and joyfully immerse themselves in the world of XR.

Incorporating the core advantages of the enterprise-level Digital Twin and XR content creation tool – DataMesh Director, FactVerse Express also includes a 3D asset library, providing abundant resources to inspire users of all skill levels to easily craft unique XR content using an intuitive interface, tapping into their creativity to the fullest.

FactVerse Express is compatible with Apple Vision Pro, ready to empower users across platforms with an exceptional spatial computing experience upon the imminent availability of Apple Vision Pro, in addition to its existing support for various devices, including Meta Quest 3, iPhone, and iPad.

The key strengths of FactVerse Express lie in its industry-leading cross-platform compatibility and user-friendly design. Whether you’re a professional user or a beginner entering the XR field, getting started with the tool to create content is quick and easy.

Moreover, FactVerse Express is more than just for individual creators, making XR more accessible and is an ideal choice for enterprise users looking to optimize operations and efficiency. The professional version – DataMesh Director – has been widely adopted in various business scenarios, such as education and training, operational guidance, remote collaboration & monitoring, maintenance & inspections, effectively improving productivity for hundreds of customers across continents.

FactVerse Express is currently available on the Apple App Store for free download and use without registration.

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With the surging interest in spatial computing thanks to the advent of Apple Vision Pro, we are proud to be among the first movers, now opening a disruptive new spatial content creation platform powered by FactVerse Express for existing and new users to explore the fun and creativity in XR, especially when the Apple Vision Pro arrives at their door!

For any inquiries about Express or enterprise-level digital twins and the industrial metaverse, please feel free to reach out at service@datamesh.com.

DataMesh: Unleashing Innovation with Singtel’s 5G Partner Ecosystem

Singtel Business 5G has unveiled a gateway (https://www.singtel.com/business/products-services/5g/partners) to a world of dynamic possibilities within 5G technology and advanced digital innovations. As a key part of the Singtel 5G Partner Ecosystem in the AR/MR/Digital Twin space, this marks a transformative milestone for us, together with Singtel and a diverse group of collaborative companies, we are at the forefront of driving digital business transformation across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Empowering Business with Speed, Precision, and Innovation through 5G Solutions

Singtel 5G provides access to an ecosystem of partners with a variety of solutions, including high-speed connectivity, 5G innovation, and cutting-edge computing solutions like Paragon. Collaborating with partners like DataMesh, Singtel propels businesses forward, leveraging applications for computational tasks, AI workloads, spatial measurement, 3D rendering, and real-time monitoring to achieve transformative goals.

The partner ecosystem converges industry leaders in Video Analytics/AI, AR/MR/Digital Twin, Devices, and more, aimed at empowering businesses with speed, precision, and innovation through meticulously tailored 5G solutions tailored to enhance operations across diverse industries.

Pioneering Innovation, Enhancing Productivity, and Empowering Front-line Workers

As an ambitious high-tech player in the Asia Pacific region, DataMesh remains steadfast in democratizing digital twins and XR to bridge the digital and real worlds. Focused on pioneering innovation through FactVerse—an Industrial Metaverse platform—DataMesh elevates the utility of Digital Twin and XR tech, transcending spatial data constraints for real-time 3D collaboration, ensuring that front-line workers and ordinary individuals alike can benefit from digital transformation, fostering opportunities and capability building across industries.

Rooted in digital twins and directly connected to current business operations, DataMesh adheres to the business TEMS principle – Training, Experience enhancement, Monitor and Control, and Simulation, emphasizing tangible ROI and bringing the metaverse concept down to earth.

DataMesh Pte Ltd is the headquarters of DataMesh in the Asia-Pacific region. Supporting over 500 clients in the AEC, manufacturing, and facility management industries, DataMesh has received recognition such as Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Award in the Mixed Reality category, NTT Docomo’s top DX award, and inclusion in Forbes Asia’s 100 to Watch list over the past few years.

Currently, innovative FactVerse’s industrial metaverse applications are showcased at Singtel, both online and offline.

Featured Solutions at Singtel’s 5G Partner Ecosystem

  • DataMesh Director:
    • 3D Digital Twin content creation and management tool.
    • User-friendly drag-and-drop experience.
    • Supports IoT data binding, remote collaboration, and cross-platform content publishing.
    • Ideal for creating job SOPs, support guides, 3D product manuals, and real-time monitoring.
  • FactVerse Designer:
    • Frontline application of the flagship LCAP (low-code application platform) FactVerse, providing an open-world gaming structure and a rapid scene designer for content creators to effortlessly develop Enterprise Metaverse scenes.
    • Out-of-the-box features and ready-to-use DLCs (downloadable content) for key industrial scenarios, streamlining hands-on experience.
    • Spatial data processing and real-time 3D collaboration with CAD, BIM, and IoT.
    • Enhances productivity with the latest digital twin and XR technologies.

    Explore online here.

    • 5G-enabbled Collaborative Showcases at Singtel FIC: DataMesh collaborated with Singtel to present a demonstration of digital twin and 5G tech at Singtel’s FutureNow Innovation Centre (FIC) earlier.
    • A digital twin of a smart factory.
    • An XR-based 3D modeling training and guidance solution for construction sites.
    A showcase at Singtel FIC: 5G-enabled Digital Twin in Smart Manufacturing

    Experience FactVerse and 5G at Singtel FIC in-person or learn more here.

    The last year has been an extraordinary journey for DataMesh. We’re proud to have released multiple upgraded versions of our FactVerse applications, including DataMesh Director, FactVerse Designer, FactVerse DLC, FactVerse SDK, DataMesh Learn solutions, FactVerse Express, and the DataMesh Simulator Platform. As we embark on a new year, we extend our sincerest congratulations on this new development in Singtel’s 5G business. Here’s to the exciting journey ahead in the dynamic partnership between Singtel and DataMesh. Cheers to innovation and unparalleled success!

    DataMesh Reshapes Tower Crane Training Experience with Simulator 2.1

    Today, DataMesh Simulator 2.1 is released, introducing simulation-based training and assessment tailored for tower crane operations. This innovative motion simulation platform focuses on providing trainees with an authentic learning experience while operating tower cranes, through upgraded operational scenarios that faithfully replicate real equipment models, construction environments, and operational procedures.

    1:1 Digital Twin of Construction Environment

    Construction machinery models, including tower cranes and others within the Simulator, are meticulously crafted to mirror selected reference machines in appearance, movement, status, and characteristics.

    Models undergo meticulous treatments in color, material, texture, lighting, and background to achieve a heightened sense of realism.

    Real-time rendering of tower cranes and collaborating construction machinery models ensures seamless immersion in the virtual environment without visual or auditory delays, fostering an unparalleled sense of participation for users.

    Rigorous collision detection, interference verification, and motion synchronization ensure the authenticity and integrity of the tower crane and other construction machinery models involved.

    Authentic Operational Procedure Replication

    Operational procedures are designed based on insights from experienced tower crane operators, integrating text, voice, signal commands, dynamic UI elements, and instructional videos at each training step. The crane hook offers multiple operational perspectives, including front and rear views, external views, and cabin views, enhance the training experience.

    The system interface provides real-time monitoring of machine parameters, such as wind speed, rotation angle, lifting weight, trolley position, and hook distance from the ground.

    The comprehensive curriculum resources bridge the gap between training and real-world operations, allowing trainees to familiarize themselves with common terminology and signal gestures used in actual construction scenarios. This immersive training approach facilitates practical application and offers tangible hands-on training benefits.

    Immersive Learning Experience

    Integrated with the DataMesh Learn system, the Simulator platform streamlines the management, sharing, storage, and analysis of various mechanical equipment simulation training materials and assessment results. Instructors can autonomously customize and distribute training and assessment tasks to enhance teaching effectiveness, making it the preferred choice for engineering machinery professionals. The tower crane simulator comprises the DataMesh Simulator system software and hardware platforms, offering features such as course play, operational training, assessment, personnel management, and learning management. Hardware options include six degrees of freedom motion platforms, three degrees of freedom motion platforms, and a basic non-motion platform, catering to diverse user needs.

    DataMesh Simulator revolutionizes industrial training by providing an immersive and lifelike learning environment that significantly improves trainee engagement and learning outcomes. By enabling trainees to understand equipment operations safely and effectively, it mitigates safety risks and boosts training efficiency. For purchasing inquiries or further product information, please contact service@datamesh.com.

    Learn more about the DataMesh Simulator platform by watching this video:

    DataMesh Inspector 1.1 Releases, Enhancing Collaboration and MR Experience in AEC

    Today, DataMesh released Inspector 1.1, introducing innovative features to deliver outstanding mixed reality experiences for the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) sector. Focused on streamlining and optimizing visualization, on-site collaboration, and resource management, Inspector empowers construction and engineering professionals to achieve higher project execution efficiency throughout the AEC lifecycle.

    Inspector, a cutting-edge inspection and maintenance toolkit powered by digital twin and mixed reality, can overlay large-scale BIM models and other real-time data onto the work site through augmented reality (AR). It visualizes digital twin data in the real world and enables fast inspection throughout the entire lifecycle of buildings and facilities. As a gateway to the industrial metaverse FactVerse, Inspector efficiently conveys business knowledge to frontline workers through immersive interactive methods.

    Dynamically loads large-scale BIM data onto the site, empowering engineering acceptance with AR to verify planning and actual construction

    Streamlining On-site Collaboration with Enhanced Annotations

    Inspector 1.1 introduces enhanced collaborative annotation, allowing users to instantly view annotations like issue markers, inspection results, technical communications, and action plans added by team members during inspections or project walkthroughs. This feature significantly improves communication efficiency and provides robust process management tools for general contractors and subcontractors during the inspection of divisions and sections of projects.

    View annotations within the building scene in browsing mode powered by mixed reality

    With the upgraded collaborative annotation feature in Inspector 1.1, users can instantly view annotations added by other team members during the inspection process, such as issue markings, inspection results, technical communications, and action plans. This significantly improves communication efficiency, providing powerful process management tools for general contractors and various specialty contractors in the acceptance of subprojects.

    Moreover, users can toggle between work scenarios with a single click by enabling/disabling browsing mode: In browsing mode, all annotation information is presented as pop-ups in the building scene. Users can review the information within the scene, visually inspect annotation descriptions and on-site photos, compare them with the standard practices represented by the BIM model, and engage in business communication through annotation messaging; When browsing mode is turned off, users can control a joystick to freely inspect component engineering information. They can overlay the BIM model onto the actual site for comparative viewing based on augmented reality (AR) mode.

    Seamless Cloud Resource Integration for Enhanced On-site Work

    Furthermore, Inspector 1.1 optimizes resource viewing strategies, enabling users to easily access 2D/3D resources from the cloud anytime, anywhere, enhancing the user experience. Users can showcase reference resources to specified locations or 3D models in the scene without the cumbersome process of file searching. This addresses the needs of construction sites for reviewing and presenting relevant reference resources during design reviews, design briefings, and acceptance processes.

    Users can also associate annotation tasks with corresponding building scenes in FactVerse Services, facilitating rapid viewing and management of annotation entries and exporting annotations in chart format. This module also supports exporting structured data from the processes of building acceptance and construction communication, meeting the Common Data Environment (CDE) requirements in various regions. The comprehensively optimized component operation panel provides a more intuitive view of BIM data information, enabling users to clearly annotate specific components during the acceptance process. The newly added messaging feature allows teams to provide timely feedback on annotations.

    Connecting 2D/3D resources from the cloud to the scene projected on-site
    Connecting 2D/3D resources from the cloud to the scene projected on-site

    Advancing Cloud Resource Processing and Data Access Optimization

    Concurrently, FactVerse has upgraded its ability to process building scene resource files. Users can now effortlessly convert original BIM resource files into Inspector-compatible format files with a single click in the cloud, streamlining processes like resource matching, file processing, large-scale model simplification, and scene construction, significantly reducing the complexity of the original toolchain and user operational costs. The newly added universal data format conversion capability allows users to apply BIM file format building scenes to the entire DataMesh product family. Users can also convert imported model resources into formats such as FBX over the cloud, with configurable model optimization available during the process for maximum resource utilization.

    Additionally, FactVerse Services now supports data connectivity between the FactVerse platform and Autodesk BIM 360, enabling users to quickly import cloud resources from BIM 360 into the FactVerse resource library and apply them to the DataMesh platform. The integration of FactVerse with other engineering industry cloud platforms facilitates data interoperability, helping a range of users reduce operational costs and fully capitalize on their own cloud assets.

    As a gateway to the industrial metaverse platform FactVerse, DataMesh Inspector is committed to enhancing the efficiency and MR experience of construction operations and maintenance in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. It achieves this through an innovative 3D+MR visualization of the entire building process, enabling cloud-enabled data in the engineering industry and empowering the entire building lifecycle.

    DataMesh Inspector 1.1 is now available on the Apple App Store. Feel free to install and experience it today. For any queries, please contact service@datamesh.com.

    DataMesh Director 6.1 Released, Now Supporting Lenovo ThinkReality VRX

    We are thrilled to introduce the latest version of our flagship product, DataMesh Director 6.1. As we continue to push the boundaries of 3D+XR process design and corporate training, an important milestone accompanies this release – DataMesh Director is now compatible with Lenovo ThinkReality VRX through the Snapdragon Spaces XR developer platform.

    The Lenovo ThinkReality VRX headset delivers exceptional versatility to meet today’s enterprise VR/mixed reality (MR) use cases and expand as new applications like the metaverse evolve with 6DoF experiences and full-color, high-resolution pass-through capabilities, ensuring that users receive a cutting-edge mixed reality experience when using DataMesh Director.

    DataMesh Director 6.1 Studio Interface

    In collaboration with the Snapdragon Spaces XR developer platform, DataMesh Director has achieved noteworthy improvements in performance and compatibility over the last several months. This includes expanded support for various smart AR glasses, such as the previously announced compatibility with Lenovo ThinkReality A3 and now extending to ThinkReality VRX.

    Using DataMesh Director on ThinkReality VRX

    Based on the Snapdragon Spaces SDK, DataMesh Director aims to address challenges and achieve compatibility with a broader range of XR devices, and is dedicated to empowering content creators and developers worldwide to transcend the limits of augmented reality, connecting the digital and real worlds, easily bringing their imaginative creations to life.

    Snapdragon Spaces is a trademark or registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon Spaces is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

    New Features of DataMesh Director 6.1

    The newly released version optimizes existing features and introduces new functionalities to enhance the user experience:

    DataMesh One

    • Newly added interactive guidance features.
    • New theme options (black and white) for users to personalize their interface.
    • Sorting options for resource lists and activity lists.

    DataMesh Studio

    • Expanded shortcut functionalities.

    DataMesh FactVerse Services

    • Layout optimization for the “Details” page of scenarios.
    • Improvement in resource list sorting.

    DataMesh Director 6.1 is now available on various app stores. Existing DataMesh SaaS subscribers can upgrade their applications directly. For product trials or partnerships in industrial metaverse building, please contact us via email at service@datamesh.com.

    Digital Twin + XR Projection Tour of “TOKYO TORCH/Torch Tower” Successfully Concluded

    DataMesh Japan announces the successful implementation of an XR projection tour at the planned site of the “Torch Tower,” a structure reaching approximately 390 meters in height located in the “TOKYO TORCH” block, a project designed by Mitsubishi Jisho Design. The collaboration also involved NTT Communications, NTT QONOQ, and DataMesh.

    The XR projection tour aimed at verifying the visualization effects of the planned building through the use of Digital Twin and XR technology, utilized DataMesh Director, which was sold by NTT Communications in Japan. The event, held three times with a total of 75 participants, primarily involved stakeholders from Mitsubishi Jisho Design. The tour utilized 3D design data (BIM) to project the future Torch Tower at the construction site.

    Projected TOKYO TORCH Torch Tower with DataMesh Director and verified appearance. Note that this image is as of April 2023 and may undergo changes in the future.

    Projected TOKYO TORCH Torch Tower with DataMesh Director and verified appearance. Note that this image is as of April 2023 and may undergo changes in the future.

    Background and Effect of the Initiative – Interviews with Stakeholders

    Yasuo Oishi (大石保夫) – R&D Promotion Department Manager, Mitsubishi Jisho Design (三菱地所設計/R&D推進部長):

    In the R&D Promotion Department, we conduct information gathering, research, and investigations related to new technologies. During discussions with NTT Communications and QONOQ on utilizing XR technology in design tasks, we were introduced to DataMesh’s XR technology and decided to conduct a trial verification.

    Traditional design work involves confirming design details using 2D perspectives or models. However, understanding spatial arrangements can be challenging for the general public. By projecting a 3D visualization of the building’s exterior into the actual space using MR technology, it becomes possible for people to see the planned building in real scale from various locations, facilitating easy confirmation of harmony with the surrounding environment.

    Moreover, projecting the exterior of the Torch Tower, an ultra-high-rise building, using MR technology enhanced spatial awareness even more than conventional building sizes. Using BIM data for MR projection was anticipated to accelerate and streamline the design process, leading to increased efficiency.

    Koju Matsuda (松田貢治) – TOKYO TORCH Design Room Manager, Mitsubishi Jisho Design (三菱地所設計/TOKYO TORCH設計室長):

    As societal demands and the role of architects continue to evolve rapidly, there is increased involvement or leadership from clients. Hence, designers have an increased responsibility to convey and explain architecture to clients in a more understandable manner. In the case of the Torch Tower, we have been utilizing BIM to advance the design process.

    BIM allows us to share visual recognition of space with clients, even if they cannot read drawings. While traditional landscape simulations involve creating CG or videos for clients to review on large monitors, XR provides a more realistic experience for both clients and designers to share the planned building.

    Looking ahead, we anticipate that XR technology will enable sharing of information that was previously challenging to predict, such as the impact of high-rise buildings on wind conditions and changes in the perception of light during disasters. This communication enhancement through XR technology is expected to contribute to the evolution of both parties involved.

    Kyoko Hirano (平野暁子) – R&D Promotion Department, DX Promotion Department BIM Promotion Room (concurrent), Architect, Mitsubishi Jisho Design (R&D推進部,DX推進部BIM推進室(兼務),アーキテクト):


    The effectiveness of XR lies in the ability to share, in real-time, how the planned building will look once constructed, along with the ambiance of the surroundings. The projection of the Torch Tower allowed us to confirm life-sized images while experiencing the surrounding buildings, cityscape, human and vehicular movement, sunlight, and wind. This made the image of the building more “visible” than previously imagined, allowing us to feel the completed structure more realistically.

    During this verification, the data volume of the BIM design data (3D data) was substantial, given the unprecedented scale of the ultra-high-rise building and the project was conducted at the stage of completed design and pre-construction. To ensure smooth projection on an iPad, significant efforts were made to reduce the data volume. Challenges included the inability to include certain obstacles like temporary fences and street trees on the demolition site in the 3D data, resulting in some lack of realism, especially around the base of the building.

    Looking forward, we hope that advancements in the efficient lightweighting of data at later design stages and the incorporation of 3D data of existing objects (captured by cameras) will further increase the feeling of realism, expanding the possibilities for utilization.

    XR Projection Tour Participant Survey Overview

    Survey Details:
    Objective: Verification of the effectiveness of visualizing planned buildings through XR utilization.
    XR Projection Dates: April 12, 19, and 21, 2023.
    Participants: Total 75 participants.
    Survey Respondents: 57 individuals (Response rate: 76%).

    Note: The original Japanese version of this article was published here.

    Interested in more details? Watch the video (Japanese) below for remarks from key stakeholders.

    DataMesh Transforms Maintenance Processes for Swire Coca-Cola with 100+ Accelerator

    Today, two billion frontline workers globally serve as the backbone of various industries, yet they face challenges such as insufficient technical training, collaboration difficulties, and health and safety risks. In developing countries, these workers have even more limited access to modern technology, necessitating innovative solutions for enhanced efficiency and safety.

    DataMesh’s mission is to support frontline workers in the current era where technology and human creativity converge, utilizing digital twins and XR technology. In line with this mission, DataMesh introduced DataMesh Director, a 3D guidance tool based on digital twins and XR technology. It enables cost-effective and rapid training on complex equipment using smartphones or MR devices and allows frontline workers to customize operation tutorials without programming or 3D modeling knowledge.

    In partnership with 100+ Accelerator and DataMesh, Swire Coca-Cola initiated a digital transformation project to enhance maintenance processes within its bottling facility. By implementing DataMesh’s digital twin and mixed reality technology, local workers received immersive training, enabling them to perform complex maintenance tasks with minimal downtime. This successful collaboration not only reduces operational costs but also empowers the workforce, driving productivity and job opportunities in the region.

    In process manufacturing, especially in packaging lines within the bottling facility, training and maintenance are critical yet complex. The intricate disassembly and assembly of aseptic filling valves, traditionally time-consuming to train, are streamlined by DataMesh Director. It creates 3D instructions for local workers on aseptic filling valves, combined with augmented reality (AR) technology, allowing them to intuitively grasp operational procedures through smartphones, tablets, or MR headsets. With DataMesh’s assistance, workers receive real-time feedback, significantly reducing training time, and can now assist senior engineers more efficiently during actual work.

    Innovative strategies extend beyond training to daily operations and maintenance. The new training model is proven to reduce expected maintenance downtime by one-third, enabling the production line to produce millions more beverage cans annually as expected.

    Inclusive growth, a core element of ESG, is demonstrated in this collaborative project. DataMesh’s solution ensures widespread technology adoption and equalized training, allowing previously marginalized frontline workers to enjoy modern training and operational experiences. These equal opportunities, driven by technology like those from DataMesh, not only promote capability building and employee professional growth but also bring fast tangible benefits to businesses. This true inclusive growth, consistent with the philosophy of ESG, has proven to be a perfect combination of technology and ESG goals, setting a role model for the industry.

    DataMesh showcased the innovative achievements in process manufacturing of this collaboration at the 100+ Accelerator 2023 Demo Day by AB InBev, presenting to renowned industry leaders like AB InBev, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, and more.

    Nikita Huang, Chief Operating Officer of DataMesh, expressed gratitude for collaboration with industry leaders and the strong support from AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator, looking ahead into the future, stating, “This is just the beginning. DataMesh, equipped with Digital Twin and XR technologies, remains committed to offering more convenience and support to frontline workers in process manufacturing, pushing the industry forward.”

    An education and training tool utilizing MR and Digital Twins to improve engineer skills to ensure expressway safety

    The expressway network of Japan has been constantly expanded since the 1960s and its total road length is currently over 10,000km. On the other hand, more than half of the expressway network has been used for over 30 years and aging of structures such as road surfaces, bridges, and tunnels has emerged as a social issue. The dwindling number of expressway maintenance and management engineers in line with the decline in the productive population is also one of the significant challenges.

    Given the circumstances, Nexco-East Engineering operating about 4,000km of all the expressways in Japan developed a training app for ETC equipment and tunnel emergency facilities using MR and digital twin technologies, which is implemented in its training center “Technical Training Center (TTC)” located in Takasaki, Gunma. The app serves as an efficient education and training tool to equip every engineer with necessary knowledge and skills to develop quality engineers.

    Initiated MR tool development toward improvement and standardization of trainees’ levels of understanding

    Since about 10 years ago, the NEXCO EAST group has projected the aging of expressways and maintenance and management labor shortage and promoted the Smart Maintenance Highway (SMH) project to match the existing expressway maintenance and management technologies that the group has acquired with ICT technologies. Through the project, operational DX has been advanced with proactive application of digital capacities to the field operations, e.g. conversion of paper-based drawing preparation into tablet-based tasks and analysis and utilization of accumulated data with Microsoft PowerBI. Assigned with the project, Mr. Tetsuo Hideshima, the Managing Director and General Planning Manager of Nexco-East Engineering said with regard to the project policies,

    “We at Nexco-East Engineering ensure that drivers can safely use expressways by providing inspections and troubleshooting all day, all year. For continuous maintenance and management of expressways, it is critical to conduct thorough inspections and diagnoses without overlooking any tiny changes in facilities and structures. To that end, streamlining and labor saving based on ICTs are imperative.”

    The company also opened TTC in 2012 as a training facility to enhance performance of expressway inspection engineers. For practical training, TTC offers a training environment equipped with real power receiving and distribution equipment, ETC (automatic toll payment system) equipment, and component samples that are exactly the same as those used on expressways.


    With regard to the roles of TTC, Mr. Masayuki Namiki, the General Manager of TTC said, “At TTC, over 1,000 of our engineers participate in training programs every year. They go through training to enhance skills based on the internal skill check system to become experts of expressway inspection and maintenance, called ‘highway doctors.'”

    Meanwhile, highway structures and facilities have become more and more complex along with the technological advancement and, despite the hands-on learning with such training materials, levels of understanding of the mechanisms and internal structures varied among trainees. This hindered standardization of trainees’ technical levels, constituting an issue for TTC.

    The issue was particularly conspicuous in education on ETC equipment. “ETC equipment is composed of multiple devices and how ETC equipment operates was explained with extensive materials such as paper-based radio communication and control signal flow charts, PowerPoint slides, and chalk talks of instructors and then tested with actual ETC devices,” said Mr. Yoshitaka Nakamura, the Manager, Facilities Construction Work Division, Facilities Construction Work Department of Nexco-East Engineering.

    “However, it requires considerable time to gain understanding of associations among the training materials. Also, radio communication and control signal flows are impossible to see, so we had to rely on trainees’ imaginations. This resulted in gaps in understanding.”

    In response, the company focused attention on the MR (mixed reality) and digital twin technologies. Then a project to develop an “MR for ETC equipment training” was launched out of an idea of combining a 3D model of ETC equipment as well as infrared sensors, radio communication, and data communication routes (which are invisible in reality) with the ETC practice lanes to foster better intuitive understanding.

    Endeavor to develop training materials that are easy-to-use for every trainee with no example available as a model

    It was DataMesh that contracted with Nexco-East Engineering for its extensive achievements and experiences in the field of digital twins and XR. Mr. Kensho Kashimada, the Director, Marketing and Sales of DataMesh Japan Co., Ltd. looked back, “At that time, there had been no similar attempts at least in Japan. The point was how we could build up MR materials that are easy-to-understand for every trainee while there was no correct answer about what the outcome should be like.”

    The first step they took to that end was employment the agile development approach based on a quick PDCA cycles, rather than waterfall-model development that relies on detailed specifications from the beginning. “We carefully proceeded with the development through repeated hearing sessions with the project leading department and TTC instructors who would actually use the tool in practice,” said Mr. Kashimada.
    They also received the same courses that TTC actually provides to trainees to gain knowledge of ETC equipment mechanisms and applied it to the system.

    “By receiving lectures with oral explanations and 2D materials, we witnessed how difficult it is to understand the ETC mechanisms firsthand. We could also appreciate the potential value of the tool we were trying to create. So I think it was a very valuable process,” said Mr. Kashimada.

    Thus, after the development period of about six months, accurate 3D models of ETC devices were made and the MR for ETC equipment training using 3D animation superimposed on ETC equipment that is visible via a tablet device or Microsoft MR device “HoloLens 2” was completed.

    “Normally, accuracy of SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) in positioning of MR superimposition depends on hardware performance. However, for this MR for ETC equipment training, SLAM features of DataMesh’s proprietary digital twin platform (FactVerse) were used to make SLAM accuracy levels of multiple devices uniform,” explained Mr. Kashimada. Ingenuities are made to realize superimposition of massive 3D data without dependence on device performance by using a technology to load necessary portions of data only.


    Mr. Kashimada said those features provides trainees immersive experiences in the MR world without stressful events such as misalignment or freezing of 3D animation.

    Mr. Namiki said, “It was really a tremendous work to explain invisible things verbally. But now data and radio waves are visible and this increased the level of understanding dramatically.”


    Once getting used to the operational feeling of HoloLens 2, trainees can adjust the position just by reading a QR code on the display without taking any complex procedure. It was reported that instructors could acquire basic operation methods only through a one-day lecture provided by DataMesh.

    The MR for ETC equipment training, which is well recognized by field operators, too, has been further improved based on feedback from instructors. Currently, additional features such as repeated playback of individual work steps and animation speed adjustment for in-depth explanation make the tool even more effective.

    MR for tunnel emergency facilities training making full use of HoloLens 2 characteristics

    Out of its confidence in the success of MR for ETC equipment training, Nexco-East Engineering promptly commenced next training MR development, which is the “MR for tunnel emergency facilities training.”

    “The internal structure of automatic water sprinkler system for tunnel emergencies cannot be seen from the outside, so we superimposed a CG simulation of the internal water flow and developed training materials for visualizing internals and operating status,” said Mr. Nakamura.

    Mr. Namiki said, “In the past, we presented pipe samples from real equipment and illustrations to teach their structures and operations, but we couldn’t actually let water through them to demonstrate the mechanism. Also, explanations somewhat varied among instructors. As with ETC equipment, the gap in levels of understanding among trainees was recognized as an issue.”

    As a measure to resolve the issue, DataMesh reproduced the equipment movements from an onset of vehicle fire to watering and visualized the internal structures based on its know-how acquired through development of the MR for ETC equipment training.
    Furthermore, a feature to adjust transparency of 3D animation of water flowing inside the pipe was added give trainees freedom to observe how water flows and stops inside. Implementation of realistic 3D effects of fire also give realistic experiences to enhance understanding.

    Finally, quality of this MR for tunnel emergency facilities training is surprisingly high and precise even to experienced engineers including Mr. Hideshima. “From water flow and the valve opening mechanism to things going on behind pipes are all comprehensible at a glance. I sensed the poser of MR anew,” said Mr. Hideshima.

    As the MR for tunnel emergency facilities training is equipped with the “pseudo reproduction feature” to learn points to check in the event of any malfunction and restoration methods, the MR system has a possibility to be applied to a future remote maintenance system.


    Plus, linking tablets and other devices has enabled remote training, creating an environment where a greater number of trainees can take part.

    Above all, the MR for tunnel emergency facilities training fully taps HoloLens 2 potential compared with the MR for ETC equipment training.
    In fact, for training using the MR for ETC equipment training with outdoor ETC equipment, tablets are mainly used as output devices because visibility of HoloLens 2 can be deteriorated depending on sunlight intensity. On the other hand, tunnel emergency facilities are indoor equipment and not subject to sunlight. This is where HoloLens 2 comes in.

    Mr. Namiki said, “While a tablet needs to be held with both hands, HoloLens 2 is a head-mounted display, which sets both hands free. So trainees can touch devices while going through MR training. It also allows individual trainees to rewind, pause, and adjust the transparency level, giving an advantage in tailoring training sessions to individual levels of understanding.”

    Toward even more effective ICTs through professional collaborations

    After realizing the quality training tools by using the digital twin and MR technologies, Nexco-East Engineering has a plan to further promote use of ICTs to address the issues of facilities aging and labor shortage, which are expected to be further accelerated.

    Exploring possibilities of ICT usages in various scenes, Mr. Nakamura said, “We have an ambition to expand our use of ICTs beyond TTC hands-on training to online training, OJT training, establishment of hands-on safety education system to improve field safety management skills, and remote maintenance, etc.”

    With a view to establishment of a system for effective use of ICTs, Mr. Namiki struggling in the field of training said, “In recent years, equipment and facilities have become more and more sophisticated and suffered less failures. It may appear to be a good thing, but on the other side of the coin, most engineers in the future could be inexperienced in failure responses. We would like to establish a system to support engineers with the power of ICTs rather than relying on experienced engineers when the time comes.”

    On the other hand, Mr. Hideshima is hopeful about professional partnerships. He said, “Although we have excellent expertise in expressway technologies, we admit we cannot fully catch up with ever-improving ICT seeds and technological innovations. In that regard, we are really hopeful about continuation of partnerships with ICT professionals such as DataMesh and Microsoft Japan.”

    Based on ideal partnerships in which expressway professionals and ICT professionals work together to resolve issues and mutually give valuable input to technologies and knowledge, Nexco-East Engineering will continue maintaining and advancing safety on expressways, one of the essentials of our modern lives.

    “From water flow and the valve opening mechanism to things going on behind pipes are all comprehensible at a glance. I sensed the poser of MR anew,”

    — Mr. Tetsuo Hideshima, Managing Director and Chief of Planning Headquarters, Nexco-East Engineering

    “While a tablet needs to be held with both hands, HoloLens 2 is a head-mounted display, which sets both hands free. So trainees can touch devices while going through MR training. It also allows individual trainees to rewind, pause, and adjust the transparency level, giving an advantage in tailoring training sessions to individual levels of understanding,”

    — Mr. Masayuki Namiki, General Manager, Technical Training Center Manager, Nexco-East Engineering

    “We have an ambition to expand our use of ICTs beyond TTC hands-on training to online training, OJT training, establishment of hands-on safety education system to improve field safety management skills, and remote maintenance, etc.”

    — Mr. Yoshitaka Nakamura, Manager, Facilities Construction Work Division, Facilities, Construction Work Department, Nexco-East Engineering

    “At that time, there had been no similar attempts at least in Japan. The point was how we could build up MR materials that are easy-to-understand for every trainee while there was no correct answer about what the outcome should be like.”

    — Mr. Kensho Kashimada, Director, Marketing and Sales, DataMesh Japan Co., Ltd.

    This customer story was originally published by Microsoft here.