A number of trends have converged to make working collaboratively with spatial images easier and more affordable than ever. As a leader in 3D imaging, we at FARO offer one of the first solutions for cloud-based sharing of 3D scanning data. As many experts have commented, the term cloud computing is sometimes just a new name for already existing IT concepts and services. On the other hand, as cloud services and cloud-based applications evolve, cloud computing can allow new ways of working. So for example, FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud service offers some scan sharing functions that were already available in 2003 using iQworks – a system designed to run on corporate intranets that was used mainly in the automotive industry. This white paper looks, firstly, at FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud application and service in the context of the general trends that are shaping the market for 3D imaging technology and services. Secondly, it examines the initial concerns that many potential cloud users have in relation to data security.
The service SCENE WebShare Cloud, allows secure collaboration and 3D data sharing in the cloud – a general term for shared computing resources accessible to any user equipped with no more than a standard web browser. With SCENE WebShare Cloud, point cloud scanning projects, prepared in FARO SCENE can be easily published to the cloud and then shared worldwide via the Internet. Registered users can then view and analyse the project data using various intuitive tools like the map and the panoramic view.
SCENE WebShare Cloud offers a secure and interactive environment, which allows users to explore, measure or annotate the project’s scans from any web-capable device. Prior to SCENE WebShare Cloud, any company wishing to do this kind of thing needed to own dedicated infrastructure or server hardware. SCENE WebShare Cloud is the culmination of intensive developments driven by a number of major trends in IT and 3D-documentation.