Introducing LuciadLightspeed product tiers

LuciadLightspeed is a software product that enables you to rapidly develop situational awareness applications. It provides a base application and software components focused on connecting to, visualizing, and analyzing geospatial data. It offers unparalleled performance, high accuracy, and full customizability.

LuciadLightspeed is offered in three product tiers: Essential, Advanced and Pro. Each product tier combines certain capabilities that are designed for typical use cases. You can find an overview of all tiers and included as well as optional capabilities in Table 1, “Overview table of the LuciadLightspeed product tiers”.

Table 1. Overview table of the LuciadLightspeed product tiers
Functionality Essential Advanced Pro

Core GIS Engine

Projection, Datum & Geoid models

Transformation and Projection Engine

4D Cartesian & Geodesic Geometry Model

Unified Data Model

CPU 2D Visualization Engine

GPU 2D, 3D, VR Visualization Engine

Vertical, Profile & Timeline Views

Customizable Symbology

CPU, GPU Image Processing Engine

2D/3D/4D Interaction Model

Visual Analytics

High Quality, Large Format Printing

Raster Connectors

Vector Connectors

Point Clouds & Reality Meshes

OGC Standards

Advanced Raster Connectors

Advanced GIS Engine

Real-Time Engine

Tiling Engine

Database Connectors

O

Terrain Analysis Engine

O

O

Weather & Environment Standards

O

O

Graph & Routing Engine

O

O

Radar Connectors

O

Aviation Standards

O

Defense Standards

O

Defense Symbology

O

Infrastructure Standards

O

Maritime Standards

O

S-63

O

= Feature included

O = Optional

= Feature unavailable

Over the years, LuciadLightspeed has expanded with many new (optional) components. These components allow you to tailor-make your product based on your project needs. Starting with V2017.0, the list of optional components for LuciadLightspeed has been rationalized and simplified.

About LuciadLightspeed Essential

LuciadLightspeed Essential is the first product tier for LuciadLightspeed, combining all capabilities needed regardless of the application domain you are working in. It defines a strong entry-level product baseline for internet-connected, general-purpose applications. The Essential product tier offers a broad set of default geospatial capabilities.

Components of LuciadLightspeed Essential

LuciadLightspeed Essential offers access to the following functional components:

Options for LuciadLightspeed Essential

There are no optional components available for LuciadLightspeed Essential. Please contact the Support Desk Services if you would like more information about accessing additional LuciadLightspeed capabilities.

About LuciadLightspeed Advanced

LuciadLightspeed Advanced is the second product tier for LuciadLightspeed, targeted towards advanced applications that may require real-time data feeds, specialized data formats, and advanced spatial or geospatial calculations. The Advanced product tier combines a broad set of default geospatial capabilities with access to a number of options.

Components of LuciadLightspeed Advanced

LuciadLightspeed Advanced offers access to the following components:

Options for LuciadLightspeed Advanced

LuciadLightspeed Advanced provides access to the following optional components:

Please contact the Luciad Support Desk Services if you would like more information about accessing additional capabilities of LuciadLightspeed.

About LuciadLightspeed Pro

LuciadLightspeed Pro is the third product tier for LuciadLightspeed, targeted towards very demanding applications, for example in terms of performance, required analytics, or specific data types. The Pro product tier combines a complete set of high-end geospatial capabilities with access to a number of domain-specific options.

Options for LuciadLightspeed Pro

LuciadLightspeed Pro provides access to the following optional components:

Please contact our Support Desk Services if you would like more information about accessing additional capabilities of LuciadLightspeed.

Overview of LuciadLightspeed components

LuciadLightspeed

LuciadLightspeed software comprises an extensive suite of customizable components that meet the demands for rapid development of high-end situational awareness applications and services.

The LuciadLightspeed capabilities include but are not limited to:

  • A hybrid 2D/3D view for easy and rapid development of applications with both 2D and/or 3D functionalities as well as Vertical, Profile, Timeline & Stereo Views

  • 4D Geometries with extensive map-centric editing, labeling and styling options

  • Support for hundreds of coordinate reference systems and on-the-fly transformations between them

  • Visual analytics like heat maps and clustering of information

  • High quality and large format printing

This component also provides a set of vector, raster and service connectors. Each of the connectors adds support for an additional format to the product.

LuciadLightspeed Essential components

Lucy

Lucy is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component. It is a powerful high-level application framework for rapidly building applications that let you explore, analyze, and edit all kinds of geospatial data. Lucy is based on LuciadLightspeed, and integrates the functionality of LuciadLightspeed and many of its components in a configurable application.

Lucy comes with a lot of common GIS functionality already built in. All that functionality is available in LuciadLightspeed as well, but there you still have to write all the boilerplate code to tie it all together. If you use Lucy, you get all that code for free.

The Lucy end user applications serve as a demonstration of this benefit. They are full-fledged geospatial applications, come in 3 GUI varieties, and remain fully extensible and customizable.

Bing Maps connector

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

It integrates the Bing Maps imagery service, a web mapping service provided by Microsoft, into LuciadLightspeed.

More specifically, you can decode a Bing Maps imagery model that can be accessed and visualized as a tileset.

KML

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

It allows you to decode KML data, and visualize it on a map.

LiDAR

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

It allows you to decode and visualize point cloud data in the LASer and E57 formats.

GeoPackage

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

It allows you to decode and visualize OGC GeoPackage files and SQLite SpatiaLite files.

Oculus

The Oculus component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component. It allows you to create LuciadLightspeed applications for the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display.

You can create a Lightspeed view that is compatible with the Oculus Rift. It is visualized on the Oculus Rift device and on a mirror view emulating the device display. Head movements can be tracked automatically so that the camera is always updated to look in the same direction as the user.

Fusion Client

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

It allows you to connect to LuciadFusion Tile Stores, and visualize the data from LuciadFusion coverages on a map.

LuciadFusion is the geospatial data management product in the Luciad portfolio. LuciadFusion coverages are tile-based data structures, developed for optimal querying, visualization, and analysis of geospatial data. Such coverages can be stored in LuciadFusion Tile Stores.

OGC Web Client Suite

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Essential component.

LuciadLightspeed supports the use of OGC web services, and the interaction with data originating from those services

You can set up web clients that connect to several of the OGC web services through the APIs of the OGC Web Client Suite:

  • The OGC Web Map Service (WMS)

  • The OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS)

  • The OGC Web Feature Service (WFS)

  • The OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)

LuciadLightspeed Advanced and LuciadLightspeed Pro components

Aviation Standards

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It offers extensive modeling and ICAO-compliant visualization of aeronautical data, in a format-independent way. All relevant domain objects are provided, such as airspaces, routes, procedures, aerodromes, and navaids. The Arinc, DAFIF/DAFIFT, and AIXM data connectors are available for specific format support.

Database Connectors

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced optional component and a LuciadLightspeed Pro component.

It provides support for seamlessly integrating geospatial databases into applications. This integration includes data retrieval, modeling, and persistence into the database. As a result, information from the database can be visualized, edited or serve as input for any analysis.

Defense Standards

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It bundles a set of connectors to formats described by Defense Standards. Each data connector adds support for an additional format.

The following connectors are included: VPF, NITF/NSIF, ASRP/USRP/ADRG, BCI, and CADRG/CIB.

Advanced GIS Engine

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro component.

It allows 2D topological calculations on any supported geometry. Those calculations include both binary topology checks and constructive geometry operations (union, difference, intersection). Cartesian, spherical and ellipsoidal implementations are included.

Graph and Routing Engine

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro optional component.

It offers routing and tracing capabilities, based on any network data, independent of the data format/source. It also includes cross-country routing, which can be applied in the absence of any road network information.

When network information is present, cost functions can be flexibly applied to edges and turns. Cost definitions can be based on any available information. Elements like slope, distance, vegetation or even weather conditions or communication coverage can be taken into account via custom cost functions. Large networks can be partitioned for efficient large-scale routing.

In addition the GDF data connector adds support for the GDF format for exchanging road network information.

Maritime Standards

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It offers high-performance support for S-57 and UKHO AML data with correct visualization according to the S-52 standard. The API offers much flexibility in filtering the information to be displayed, and supports all required display modes, such as day, night, and dawn.

Radar Connectors

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It provides two connectors that add support for radar recordings and live data: The ASTERIX data connector, adding support for the ASTERIX format (including many categories) and the ASDI connector.

Real-time Engine

This is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro component.

It supports visualization and replay of radar data, including radar video (Asterix Category 240). For real-time track feeds, a dynamic, continuous label decluttering algorithm is available.

Advanced Raster Connectors

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro component.

It bundles a set of raster data connectors. Each of the connectors adds support for an additional format to the product. The following formats are included: ECW, GeoPDF, GeoSPOT (Spatiocartes), MrSID, Spot DIMAP, and Swiss DHM. The GDAL data connector integrates the well-known GDAL raster library and adds support for many common raster formats.

In addition, the JPEG2000 encoder data connector allows to exchange any imagery information or visualization results in the JPEG2000 format.

S-63

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It extends the ECDIS component with support for encrypted S-63 data. As a certified IHO OEM, Luciad can guide you not only with decryption, decoding and visualization, but also with information about S-63 data ordering and licensing.

Defense Symbology

This is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It allows you to visualize tactical situations and plans compliant with various military symbology standards. MS2525B/C/D, APP-6A/B/C/D, and TTA-106 are supported, both for the visualization of given data and for creation/editing. A rich API allows for customization and configuration where needed. The default implementation is fully compliant.

In addition the NVG data connector adds support for the NVG format for exchanging tactical plans. Using an extensive domain model, data can be read, visualized, edited and written again.

Terrain Analysis Engine

This is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro optional component.

It offers analysis capabilities that can be applied to any elevation data, independent of the data format/source. Explore elevation data by reading out elevation for selected locations, calculating terrain cross-sections, and marking peaks and low points. Support the operator by applying hypsometrical calculation layers emphasizing slope, slope direction, ridges and valleys, and so on. Calculate visual and sensor coverage with Line-of-Sight calculations and view-shed analysis. The API offers full control over propagation and visualization, and includes hardware acceleration for Line-of-Sight calculations.

Weather and Environment Standards

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Advanced and Pro optional component.

It offers visualization and analysis of weather and climate data offered in the NetCDF, GRIB, and BUFR SIGWX formats. Explore data via filtering and slicing, and simulate historical data and forecasts over time.

Tiling Engine

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Pro component.

It adds tiling capabilities to your desktop solution. The Tiling Engine allows to process raw data into a hierarchical, tile based structure. This optimizes access to the data, for the purpose of querying, visualization, and analysis. Using the Tiling Engine you benefit from fast processing and efficient storage.

Infrastructure Standards

This component is a LuciadLightspeed Pro optional component.

It bundles connectors for CAD formats and for the Hexagon Binz format. The DWG data connector adds support for the AutoCAD DWG/DXF format, and the DGN data connector for the Bentley Microstation DGN format.

It also includes a 3D Tiles Processing Engine for the conversion of 3D meshes (in OBJ format) to OGC 3D Tiles data sets.

Guidelines for upgrading from a component version of LuciadLightspeed to a tiered LuciadLightspeed version

This section helps users of a component-based LuciadLightspeed version older than V2017 with their upgrade to a tiered LuciadLightspeed version.

As always, you can consult the release notes for improvements, fixes and upgrade considerations. In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the following:

Simplified distribution

After downloading the product, you will find only one zip file that conveniently bundles all components you have access to within your tier. Inside the .zip file, you will retrieve the directory structure that you are familiar with from previous LuciadLightspeed releases.

In addition, there will be one zip file per option that you are licensed to. The zip files for the options have names similar to the option names.

New tier components

Starting with LuciadLightspeed V2017.0, the LuciadLightspeed components have been re-distributed into LuciadLightspeed tiers. Even if you did not have access to these components before, you can now benefit from the rich set of capabilities that they add.

For more information about those components, see the Luciad Developer Platform as well as the developer documentation for all components.

New set of LuciadLightspeed Essential components

The following LuciadLightspeed components are included by default into the LuciadLightspeed Essential tier:

Lucy, Oculus, OGC Web Client Suite, LuciadFusion Client, Bing Maps, SQLite/OGC GeoPackage, LIDAR decoder and KML decoder.

New set of LuciadLightspeed Advanced components

The following LuciadLightspeed components are included by default into LuciadLightspeed Advanced:

Lucy, Oculus, OGC Web Client Suite, LuciadFusion Client, Bing Maps, SQLite/OGC GeoPackage, LIDAR decoder, KML decoder, Geometry Calculations, Real-Time and decoders for ECW, GeoPDF, GeoSPOT (spatiocartes), MrSID, Spot DIMAP, Swiss DHM, GDAL Connector, and finally the JPEG2000 encoder.

Furthermore, the Options may offer you a set of components as well. In the next table, we provide the mapping between LuciadLightspeed Options and LuciadLightspeed components.

Table 2. Mapping of Advanced options
Advanced Option Components

Database Connectors

DB2 Spatial and Geodetic Extender, Informix Spatial Datablade, Informix Geodetic Datablade, Oracle Locator, Oracle Spatial, PostgreSQL, SAP HANA Database Connector (beta) and Microsoft SQL Server Database Connector

Terrain Analysis Engine

Terrain Elevation Analysis (TEA)

Weather & Environment Standards

NetCDF ISC, GRIB V1/V2, and BUFR SIGWX weather data

Graph & Routing Engine

Networking & Route planning and GDF

New set of LuciadLightspeed Pro components

The following LuciadLightspeed components are included by default into LuciadLightspeed Pro:

  • Lucy, Oculus, OGC Web Client Suite, LuciadFusion Client, Bing Maps, SQLite/OGC GeoPackage, LIDAR decoder, KML decoder, Geometry Calculations, Real-Time, Tiling Engine.

  • Decoders for ECW, GeoPDF, GeoSPOT (spatiocartes), MrSID, Spot DIMAP, Swiss DHM, GDAL Connector and finally the JPEG2000 encoder.

  • Database connectors for DB2 Spatial and Geodetic Extender, Informix Spatial Datablade, Informix Geodetic Datablade, Oracle Locator, Oracle Spatial, PostgreSQL, SAP HANA Database Connector (beta) and Microsoft SQL Server Database Connector.

Furthermore, the Options may offer you a set of components as well. In the next table, we provide the mapping between LuciadLightspeed Options and LuciadLightspeed components.

Table 3. Mapping of Pro options
Pro Option Components

Terrain Analysis Engine

Terrain Elevation Analysis (TEA)

Weather & Environment Standards

NetCDF ISC, GRIB V1/V2, and BUFR SIGWX weather data

Graph & Routing Engine

Networking & Route planning and GDF

Infrastructure Standards

AutoCAD DWG, DXF and Microstation DGN

Radar Connectors

Eurocontrol Asterix and ASDI/ETMS

Aviation Standards

AIS, AIXM, ARINC 424 and DAFIF & DAFIFT

Defense Standards

VPF, NITF including JPEG 2000 decoder/NSIF, ASRP/USRP/ADRG, BCI decoder and CADRG/CIB (Note that CADRG is now optional)

Defense Symbology

MS (APP-6A/APP-6B/MS2525b/MS2525c) and NVG ISC

Maritime Standards

ECDIS

S-63

S-63