DataMesh closed a new funding round led by SIG Asia with participations from Singtel Innov8 and Global Brain

DataMesh has recently closed a new round of funding led by SIG Asia Investment, LLLP, followed by Singtel Innov8 and Global Brain.

DataMesh was founded by former Microsoft employees in Seattle, USA, in 2014. With an R&D center in Beijing, DataMesh is currently setting up its global headquarters in Singapore. DataMesh believes in democratizing digital twin technology to bridge the digital world and the real world, connecting frontline workers.

DataMesh builds its enterprise metaverse platform and tools based on digital twin and XR technologies. Hundreds of enterprises have adopted DataMesh products and SaaS services, mainly in building construction, manufacturing, and facility operations and maintenance industries. DataMesh Director, which focuses on “democratization of XR,” won NTT Docomo’s DX Award for the most outstanding 5G enabled digital transformation award in 2021. It supported the BIM + XR presentation of the New Saga Arena project in Saga Prefecture, Japan, together with Toda Construction. DataMesh FactVerse is the computing platform for digital twin factories and virtual facilities, which has been widely adopted in automotive factories, cargo airports, and large arenas.

“We continue to be optimistic about the DataMesh team’s comprehensive ability to help customers worldwide improve their digital infrastructure and achieve smart manufacturing. We look forward to serving more business users and frontline workers in the future, benefiting global customers, and ultimately creating a true enterprise metaverse.” — Nan Lv, SIG Asia Investment, LLLP

 “Our investments reflect our focus on finding and supporting startups that can help Singtel deliver the best possible value and experiences for businesses across industries and markets in Singapore and the region. We found DataMesh’s Industrial Metaverse platform and zero-code XR design toolset, validated by leading customers in China, Japan, and Singapore, to be compelling and with great potential in the 5G era. In Singapore, DataMesh has worked closely with Singtel on the 5G@Sentosa project and won high praise for providing innovative solutions. We are excited to work with DataMesh to unlock further opportunities in the future.” — Kum Tho Wan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Investments, Singtel Innov8.

“In countries like Japan, China and Singapore, we have been excited about an accelerating trend and big potential of digital twin technology, which could upgrade industry infrastructure, almost in all sectors. DataMesh provides its cutting-edge, well-balanced, and ‘easy to operate’ digital twin solution for enterprise customers. Through its service, in Japan, DataMesh has gained strong traction in a lot of new customers that haven’t used digital twin before (e.g. call center), as well as deepened digital twin usage to operational level (e.g. construction). For example, DataMesh’s digital twin and XR products have been featured in landmark projects such as New Saga Arena in Saga Prefecture. As its close partner, we are excited to support DataMesh to continue expanding its presence in the global market with its continuously evolving products.” – Ken Kajii, General Partner, and Jie He, Director, Global Brain

About DataMesh

DataMesh is a high-tech innovator which is building FactVerse, an Enterprise Metaverse with Digital Twin and XR technology. DataMesh FactVerse helps organizations leverage CAD, BIM, IoT, knowledge and process data to create a digital twin platform, democratizing digital twin technology to bridge the digital world and the real world while empowering front-line workers in manufacturing, construction, and operations industries. DataMesh works alongside customers across China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, North America and more markets, where many constructions and manufacturing companies have adopted DataMesh software. Visit the company’s website at datamesh.com.

DataMesh Director 5.3 Released

DataMesh Director 5.3 optimized the user experience and added a variety of new features to help users build digital twin content more quickly and easily.

New features of DataMesh Studio

  1. The function of the viewpoint square in the scene area is added. A 3D viewpoint square will be displayed in the upper right corner of the scene area to show the direction of the current scene. By clicking the square, you can adjust the viewpoint direction.
  1. The new shortcut key “Delete” is used to delete the character (Windows platform).
  2. New shortcut keys “←” and “→” for switching the previous/next Stage.
  3. Add a new scene axis tool, which is enabled in “Settings” → “Accessibility” → “Drag and Drop Navigation”, helping users to drag and drop characters in the scene in a straight line.
  1. Add a new dynamic guide widget. In “Resource Library” → “Components” → “Guidance”, used to mark the road map in the scene, currently supports 4 image forms.
  1. Add a new arrow model library. In the “Resource Library” → “Arrow”, used for marking in the scene, currently 7 new arrow model materials.
  2. Add special effects gadgets for electricity, water, fire, and smoke. In “Library” → “Effects”, currently supports modifying the effect color, life cycle, initial speed, number of particles, direction, and other parameters adjustment.

New features of DataMesh One

  1. New support for displaying dynamic guidance gadgets.
  2. New support for displaying electricity, water, fire, and smoke effects gadgets.

In addition, we have also optimized server-side experiences, including

  1. DataMesh Cloud Services (DCS) resource storage policy
  2. The ability for enterprise administrators to configure the default model acceleration platform to save model acceleration time
  3. New acceleration status column on the user resource details page to make the model acceleration status more intuitive

DataMesh Director 5.3 has been published on all supported platform app stores. Customers who have purchased DataMesh SaaS services can directly upgrade DataMesh Studio and DataMesh One client.

DataMesh Inspector empowers building inspection and maintenance through Digital Twin + XR

DataMesh released the preview version of DataMesh Inspector (hereafter referred to as Inspector), an inspection and maintenance toolkit powered by digital twin and mixed reality for construction, transport hub management, facility operations, and manufacturing industries. By superposing BIM and real-time data to construction sites and facilities via AR, Inspector visualizes digital twin data in the real world and enables fast inspection throughout the entire life cycle of buildings and facilities. Inspector is also a portal to enterprise metaverse platform DataMesh FactVerse. It allows users to inspect every piece of digital information behind any real-world entity by mixed reality in the near future.

Inspector superposes BIM models to construction sites in 1:1 ratio

Inspector provides a variety of functions, such as construction problem marking, dynamic loading of BIM, inspection recording, allowing project supervisors, operations, and maintenance professionals to cope with everyday challenges in construction and operations scenarios, like the inconvenience of viewing BIM drawing on-site, difficulties of concealed construction inspection. The users can project their BIM design to the work site in a 1:1 ratio with simply a mobile device, quickly identifying the differences between the design and the implementation. Users can also check the layout of concealed works (like gas, electricity, water, radiators, and other utilities).

DataMesh Inspector Preview provides the following features:

Positioning: Users can add multiple positioning markers, i.e., Inspector Markers, in their BIM models. By scanning the QR code of the Marker on-site, users can project the corresponding scene to the construction site immediately.

Recording: During an on-site inspection, users can record a comparison image of the 3D view of their BIM superposed to the on-site scene anytime, add descriptions (such as describing construction problems) and upload them for later inspection review and issue resolution.

Dynamic Loading: Dynamically load and display BIM content based on positioning markers and user’s movements.

Inspector dynamically loads BIM content as the user moves

Content Layering: Support displaying and hiding of BIM information for layered display

Project Information Panel: Users can view detailed project information of an object by clicking it in the model.

Management: Users can create project workgroups to manage scene resources. Construction supervisors, project managers, designers, and front-line workers can enter Inspector App anytime to view the design and communicate for the next steps.

Offline Mode: Support caching of scene resources. In offline mode, users can access all functions, such as browsing the complete BIM information, viewing detailed object information, and adding inspection records.

Visualizing BIM in the real world and rapidly inspecting parts enables improvements in inspection efficiency, construction productivity, and quality. 

Inspector helps address concealed work inspection challenges

About DataMesh

DataMesh is a high-tech innovator specialized in building Enterprise Metaverse with Digital Twin and XR technology. DataMesh FactVerse helps organizations leverage CAD, BIM, IoT, knowledge, and process data to create a digital twin platform, connecting the digital and the real world. DataMesh empowers front-line workers in manufacturing, construction, and operations, improving their management and execution capabilities. DataMesh works alongside customers across China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, and more markets, where many constructions and manufacturing companies have adopted DataMesh software.

NTT DOCOMO Begins Sales of DataMesh Director

NTT DOCOMO started to sell DataMesh Director to enterprise customers from January 31, 2022, as a collaborative solution for 5G in Japan. The solution was selected as the Most Valuable Solution Award winner in the “docomo 5G DX AWARDS® 2021”.

Its main feature is that users can create Digital Twin + XR content (AR/MR content) as quickly as editing PowerPoint, and project it in conjunction with real space with just one click.

Especially in the construction and manufacturing industries, the introduction of XR promises to give team members an instant, common visual understanding of work schedules and status. By eliminating the added cost of complex XR programming requirements and reducing the lengthy time for XR customization implementations, DataMesh Director makes it possible for XR solutions to be used daily within the enterprise.

XR content created with DataMesh Director overlaid on real buildings to check the progress

A specific example of the effect of the solution’s introduction is the improvement of construction efficiency and reduction of project management costs in the construction industry. With DataMesh Director, this complex approach, which once required repeated confirmation of design drawings for construction management, is now eliminated, accelerating the common understanding of work procedures by all parties involved through the sharing of stereoscopic projections of real space. Even some examples show that the total project duration has been reduced by 60-70% by preventing errors and reducing rework.

DOCOMO will provide DataMesh Director in conjunction with 5G, which enables stable transmission of XR content to tablets, smart glasses, and other devices through high-bandwidth, low-latency communications. 5G makes it possible for all parties to agree on work information anytime and anywhere.

DOCOMO will continue to contribute to creating new value and solving social problems by providing products, technologies, and services that utilize 5G networks, including this solution, in an effort to make customers’ lives more convenient and fulfilling.

Xiaoqi Wang, Managing Director of DataMesh Japan

The in-depth cooperation with NTT DOCOMO, the number one mobile operator in Japan, will further expand the reach of DataMesh Digital Twin products in the Japanese market. Combined with DOCOMO’s 5G network and nationwide sales channels for commercial customers, DataMesh Director is expected to provide powerful support for frontline digital transformation for more Japanese enterprises. We plan to further expand our market share with DOCOMO in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction in the short term.

We look forward to combining DOCOMO’s infrastructure, big data, and other assets to jointly create an industrial metaverse service that fits the Japanese market in the future.

DataMesh won the 2021 docomo 5G DX AWARDS Top Award

DataMesh has won again! DataMesh Director the digital twin platform by DataMesh 株式会社 (DataMesh) won the highest award in docomo 5G DX AWARDS in 2021 by NTT DOCOMO, INC, and NTT DOCOMO VENTURES, INC. This is the 2nd award won by DataMesh in the week following the 2nd prize in the 2021 HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition.

The award aims to create new solutions for 5G by consolidating and recognizing the unique assets (technology, products, and services) of various companies that are in affinity with 5G. 

The award-winning DataMesh Director digital twin platform solution promotes the “democratization” of XR technology (enable XR to be accessible to everyone).  DataMesh Director enables users without 3D development expertise to quickly participate in the creation and implementation of digital twins and XR content. During the competition, the concept of “democratization of XR”, the accessibility of XR technology, and the ability of the solution to help drive digital transformation across industries was highly appraised. 

Kensho Kashimada, Marketing and Sales Manager, DataMesh.

Overview of the competition

https://5gbiz.idc.nttdocomo.co.jp/campaign/dxawards/index.html

NTT DOCOMO, INC. and NTT DOCOMO VENTURES, INC./Newscom 

The presentation of the final round

About DataMesh Corporation

Since its incorporation, DataMesh has been providing the world’s most advanced digital twin technology. DataMesh has been nominated for the first time in the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2020 under the Mixed Reality category for its robust performance. Through digitalized matching of products, equipment, work manuals, construction procedures, workflows, etc., strengthen efforts to solve current social problems by achieving “new ways of non-face-to-face working” and “improving the efficiency and effectiveness of front-line workers”.

For more information, please contact our Japan department

E-mail: service@datamesh.co.jp

Official website: https://www.datamesh.co.jp/

DataMesh Director 5 Released

After 18 months of polishing, DataMesh Director 5 just gets released! Compared with the earlier version, Director 5 enables users to build better digital twin workflows. Some notable changes:

  • Significantly improved BIM capabilities, allowing digital twin applications to span construction, supervision, and operation
  • Optimized editing experience, making digital twin content generation more convenient
  • Improved enterprise data security feature, making digital twin more secure on the cloud

Looking back at Director 4, we released the SaaS version of DataMesh Digital Twin Cloud Services (DCS) digital twin platform applications. The platform enabled better-standardized support capability in manufacturing training, after-sales, and construction. Our global customers have reached 100. Now with DataMesh Director 5, we will further enhance the ability to build BIM-based large-space digital twin scenarios, the ability to connect BOM and IoT platforms, and the ability to create hybrid deployments. The improvements will enable complex digital twin systems to become readily available anytime, anywhere.

Improved BIM Support

Multi-level sub-object editing and import
In DataMesh Director 5, users can pre-select the structural information of sub-objects when uploading 3D models in the new DataMesh Importer. In this way, DataMesh Studio can handle multi-level sub-object models more efficiently after importing, which is convenient for users to create content based on object structure.

Support multi-space positioning Marker
Under the new positioning mode of DataMesh Studio, multiple positioning markers are now supported within the digital twin scene. Markers can be printed on paper to enable positioning for cell phones and AR glasses. By scanning the Marker, users can quickly create the virtual-real combination of any location in DataMesh One and retrieve the digital twin content in building construction, maintenance, and operation.

Model masking function
When editing a scene, objects can be set to transparent, retaining their spatial location information and outlines, forming a mask for the virtual image behind them. The mask function allows users to accurately present virtual scene content in multiple directions when building scenes while avoiding the obstruction of the virtual image to the line of sight in the experience. Content creators can use it for better expression of large space scenes and fine-grained content.

Visual datum and ground transparency
Director 5 adds a visual datum concept and provides ground transparency options, enables users to manipulate BIM more efficiently. In DataMesh Studio, the datum can be easily moved by Shift+mouse pull, and the view rotation point is always at the center of the datum. The non-MR mode of One side also supports a similar operation. DataMesh Studio also added a ground transparency option. The transparency of the ground can be adjusted during editing, helping the users view the part below the horizontal plane, for example, buildings and corridors.

Optimized Content Creation Experience

DataMesh Importer
The 3D model and resource import function is now a standalone application, DataMesh Importer, to optimize content creation workflow. You can download it from Microsoft Store and Mac App Store. New content can now be uploaded and optimized without exiting Studio’s editing mode. Self-service 3D model cloud conversion service is currently in internal testing in our Japan region. It will be available in the other regions later this year.

Script objects support quick copy and paste

When editing content in DataMesh Studio, users can now use the object copy and paste shortcut (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) to improve editing efficiency.

Images and videos ‘Always Facing Viewer’
Director 5 adds camera orientation for image and video controls. When the camera orientation option is checked in the Object panel, images and videos will always face the viewer’s camera view, allowing users to view information from different angles.

Restore camera view
DataMesh Studio adds the ability to restore the recorded camera position. Users can restore the last recorded position of the camera with one click.

Temporary object hiding
This feature enhances the experience of editing the content of complex structural objects. (Does not affect DataMesh One)

Web page embedding in AR
Director 5 provides users with web page embedding capabilities to leverage existing enterprise data dashboards, reports, and office system information. Content creators can now insert Web controls directly into the scene using DataMesh Studio. Using DataMesh One, you can display the corresponding Kanban boards on-site with just one click and no custom development required, making it easier to create digital twin applications.

Optimized scene list performance
In Director 4, editing a single scene refreshes all subsequent scenes. As more and more users started to build complex scripts for playbooks, the performance of DataMesh Studio degrades. Director 5 made several optimizations to the Studio’s scene list. When making changes to the scene content, only the current scene preview gets refreshed.

Improved Enterprise Data Security

Login IP allowlist
IT administrators of enterprise tenants can now adjust who can access the services by setting the login IP allowlist in DCS. This new feature restricts reliable user sources to safeguard enterprise data security.

Hybrid Deployment Support
DataMesh Director 5 supports enterprise SaaS/private hybrid deployment to protect sensitive data from leaking. Hybrid deployment creates a physical boundary of CAD drawings. In this way, content creators can desensitize data within a protected environment, facilitating end-users to use the product in public scenarios.

Australia Region Goes Live
To ensure cross-border data compliance, DataMesh Director 5 adds an Australian region to serve customers in the area. The new region is operated by our Australian partner Holovision 3D locally, which is a professional BIM service provider based in Brisbane. Holovision 3D also provides 3D scanning, surveying, and BIM design services.

Management Process Optimization
DCS portal has been optimized to make the registration and login experience smoother. The max number of trial license users has been increased to 4 per tenant.

WebGL deployment
In Director 5.0, DataMesh One starts to support WebGL deployment (WebXR not yet supported). WebGL experience is related to the user’s browser environment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with DataMesh if you want to join the private testing.

Customers who have already subscribed to DataMesh Director SaaS service can upgrade the client directly. For platform development, live demo or product quote, please get in touch with us at service@datamesh.com

DataMesh Director Version 3.2 has been released, more intuitive MR expression from here!

The DataMesh Team has created a new iteration version for the Director. Director version 3.2 upgrades the editing functions to optimizes the MR expression, making it more intuitive and diversified. In addition, adding functions of scatter types, section and upload of graphics and videos, to develop a stronger sense of perspective and enhance the richness of the content. The adoption of new function has finished for the playback.

Editing Function

We have made new adjustments to the functions of the Director, upgraded the function of scatter, section, upload of graphics and videos, and notification. Users can observe the internal structure of the 3D model from every angle. Due to the new explanation with graphics or videos, the MR expression becomes more effective to the viewers, especially in training, guidance and sales support.

The internal structure through the section 

Starting from Director 3.2 version, users can operate the function of section in real time with the simplest way. The section point could be put on any part of the model through moving, dragging and rotating the section frame. Moreover, the eight 3D cube icons are provided on the right side of the page, which changes the direction with the 3D model. Users can quickly and intuitively select the preset section function, making it easier and more direct.

More selection on the Scatter type

Added two more scatter types, ‘Exploded’ and ‘Axial’. The axial type allows users to select the direction of the axial, to left, right, upward, forward or backward. ‘One-click way’ scatters the 3D model, leading to an intuitive expression of the MR.Stronger explanation with Text & Video

Stronger explanation with Text&Video

The 2D resources are available to be uploaded from version 3.2, including graphics and videos, etc. Simply uploading them with ‘one click’ enhances the richness of the content, making the explanation way easier and more direct. Upgrade the details of text box through adding word size, color and alignment. The personalized design makes the appearance more expressive and enhances the user experience. Moreover, new notification function will provide users the first-hand information of Director.

HoloLens 2 and iOS playback

The new version upgrades the playback for adapting to the new functions, and supports different hardware platforms, including HoloLens 2.

HoloLens 2 user could download DataMesh Player in the Microsoft Store. DataMesh Player has been released on the Apple App Store (Please search ‘DataMesh Player’ in the App Store or click to visit

https://apps.apple.com/tt/app/datamesh-player/id1470934608 ).

Learn more about DataMesh Director: service@datamesh.com

Configuration Requirement

DataMesh Director 3.2 Version configuration requirements are as follows:

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.