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D-NET IP Commercialized as Effective Disaster Relief Application

March 30, 2018 (JST)

Mitsubishi Space Software Co., Ltd
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Space Software Co., Ltd (hereafter known as MSS) began commercialization and sales of the D-NET, Disaster Relief Aircraft Information Sharing Network, IP*, part of JAXA’s D-NET. The technology embodied in D-NET IP is named DiGMaps .

JAXA has advanced the research and development of the D-NET, the system primarily for prefectural and central governments to make airborne relief missions safer and more effective. Conventionally, maps and whiteboards were used at a disaster operations center to update and manage the status of missions across multiple agencies involved in the response and rescue endeavors. The D-NET IP is a digital platform that facilitates effective communication and promotes information sharing among administrators.
The D-NET IP was subject to review after disaster drills, improved and tested last July when flooding and landslides occurred in Northern Kyushu. Twenty-two groups, including local municipalities and fire departments coordinated operations based on the D-NET IP. This resulted in increased effectiveness of the search-and-rescue and relief work.

On October 20, 2017, MSS concluded a licensing agreement with JAXA regarding the intellectual property rights of the D-NET IP. MSS then initiated the research and development to commercialize this system. Starting April 1, 2018, transaction of the DiGMaps will proceed as an application for information sharing targeted at government agencies that manage and supervise disaster relief.

*The D-NET IP is a technology to input and output the D-NET via interactive projection system.