About Us

Cube Cities is a floor-level technology platform designed to visually communicate building information. Using open data standards and browser-based virtual globes, Cube Cities develops applications that present building information vertically. Our expanding coverage includes thousands of buildings in the largest metros in the world. Learn more about Cube Cities here.

29 October 2014

3D Building Security: Mapping Motion and Sound in NYC

Cross section of Midtown Manhattan

Cube Cities works with building automation software that can export building security data from motion and sound sensors. The graphic above is an illustration of commercial buildings in the Sixth & Rockefeller submarket in Midtown Manhattan. Green indicates detected movement on a floor and red indicates detected sound levels above normal room conversation (60 dB). This visualization is generated from private data sources and can be customized for tenants or property managers to learn more about their buildings.

These 3D visualizations can be explored from any perspective. Here is the same data as seen from Central Park South.
Detected motion and sound in Midtown buildings

See The View From Any Floor & Share with Twitter

Here's a new micro site that allows anyone to see the view from any building floor and then share the view as a direct URL using Twitter. We call the page Cube Views and its available here.

To get started, visit the top floor views of these famous buildings:

Cube Views
Questions on the Cube Views page? Looking for a building that's not in our list? Contact us here.

28 September 2014

Mapping Your LinkedIn Connections with 3D Cities

Cube Cities can map your contacts on LinkedIn to the floors in the 3D buildings on Google Earth. With the LinkedIn developer tools its possible to connect your contacts to floors and reorganize how you see your LinkedIn network, especially in dense urban areas. It's even possible to map the precise area of a floor occupied by your contact if the space is known. Watch the video below for a look at this integration and contact us for more information.

22 September 2014

3D Manhattan on Cesium using the iPhone 6 Plus

The latest version of iOS introduces support for the WebGL standard. This enables the Cesium mapping software to work on iPad and iPhone, without any app, plugin or special settings. This exciting development means that Cube Cities can now visualize any building or floor-level data directly onto iOS devices in the browser without any platform compatibility issues. The same user experience from desktop to mobile browser is now possible thanks to this significant leap forward for 3D virtual world software in the consumer market.

What's even better is Apple's latest iPhone introduces the new A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor. This hardware makes a big difference with our Cesium pages, resulting in the smoothest virtual world application we've ever experienced on a mobile device using our building data. Below is a screenshot of Lower Manhattan in 3D using Cesium on the iPhone 6 Plus. Buildings are colorized in the traditional Sim City usage pattern. Contact us for a demonstration.

Cube Cities Multigeometry Building Data in Lower Manhattan

12 September 2014

Cube Cities on Cesium @ FOSS4G 2014

We've been working with the Cesium 3D mapping software to visualize our building data. Cesium is exciting because its an open-source virtual globe that does not require a plugin to work in the web browser. Cesium has a very rich set of functionality and promises to deliver amazing city and building search interfaces for Cube Cities in the future.

This video clip from a Cesium presentation by Patrick Cozzi, founder of Cesium, points out our development efforts at the FOSS4G 2014 conference this week. A link to the full presentation will appear when posted.

The images below are Cesium screenshots showing our Chicago building data visualized by usage: commercial, residential, other.

Chicago Multigeometry Buildings on ESRI Maps in Cesium

Chicago Multigeometry by Usage on a Stamen Toner map.

Densification of the Chicago Loop from 1870 to Present

Here's a quick floor-by-floor visualization of the growth of Chicago's commercial core since 1870. See the video below for the full growth animation.

Chicago Loop 1960
Chicago Loop 1980
This video shows buildings emerging as the decades pass and shows only buildings that currently exist today.

High resolution, fullscreen link