LuciadLightspeed provides the foundations for advanced geospatial analytics applications. It allows users to rapidly develop high performance C2 and location intelligence applications with clean design implementation and rapid application development.

Major international companies and organizations, Systems Integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers use LuciadLightspeed to rapidly develop geospatial situational awareness applications for mission and business-critical operations.

Thanks to its modular, open architecture and meticulous adherence to industry standards, LuciadLightspeed is the preferred technology for enterprise-wide geospatial situational awareness.

Technical information

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LuciadLightspeed's many software components and connectors allow users to fuse, visualize and analyze geospatial data. This can include static and moving data, maps, satellite imagery, crowd-sourced data, full motion video, weather data and terrain elevation in many different geodetic references and map projections. Geo-fencing, line-of-sight calculations, geo-triggered events, dynamic and complex route calculations and automated anomaly detection are just a mouse click away. Benchmark tests by academia and industry have found LuciadLightspeed to be over 100 times faster and more accurate than traditional GIS software.

Accurate, High Performance Results

Thanks to LuciadLightspeed's optimized use of GPU, you can visualize of large volumes of tracks of any type of asset (troops, ships, trucks, planes, down to individuals or RFID-tagged pallets or goods) instantly in 60fps. LuciadLightspeed allows for on-the-fly combination of any data with accurate geospatial transformations and can perform advanced functions including real-time video draping, immediate line-of-sight analysis and dynamic density calculations. All of this is possible in 2D & 3D in one single application with one single view, no pre-processing, no intermediate geo-database required and with all data remaining in its original location and format.

Who needs Luciad’s Desktop solution?

These are just a few examples of why users turn to LuciadLightspeed for their geospatial data challenges:

  • You want to provide your control room staff with a common operational picture
  • You need to stay informed via shared tactical plans in NVG format, visualized with appropriate military symbology
  • You have to analyze complex airspaces delivered as AIXM 5.1 data using 3D visualization
  • You want to create a certified Recognized Air Picture
  • You need to correctly represent data for the Polar region
  • You want to explore twitter feeds for trend analysis and security of big events
  • You need to detect patterns in traffic and get alerted on unexpected behavior
  • You want to explore data in 4D, represented geographically, as time series as well as plot views

Precision counts

Luciad's advanced geospatial software is behind many of the world's mission-critical systems. That means that no matter how many transformations you perform on your data, you can count on it to be precisely visualized in every 2-D and 3-D projection.

Big power, flexible deployment

LuciadLightspeed delivers high performance visualization through the use of the GPU, but it's nimble enough to run on platforms like the Microsoft Surface. Alternatively, LuciadLightspeed can run in a GPU-powered cloud environment to deliver desktop-like performance on tablets and mobile devices.

Visual Analytics for intuitive analysis

LuciadLightspeed equips developers with advanced tools for spatio-temporal visual analytics. These tools will help you get fast answers from your geospatial datasets, however big they may be. Sort through massive georeferenced data sets thanks to label clustering. Inspect and analyze map content through layer portholes, and visualize your radar coverages as 3-D volumes with a dedicated arc band shape.

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Accelerate your application design with Lucy

LuciadLightspeed's Lucy component allows you to get a head start on your application design. As a full-fledged geospatial application, it provides easy access to the capabilities of LuciadLightspeed. At its most basic level, Lucy assists you with the visualization of geospatial data by giving the LuciadLightspeed development environment a graphical user interface. Lucy realizes its full potential, however, by serving as a springboard for your own application: simply plug into Lucy’s modular framework, and build an instantly functional geospatial application that integrates all of LuciadLightspeed’s powerful features while meeting all your development project requirements.

Formats and Standards

Raster Data


Vector Data

CGM, Collada, ESRI Shape, GeoJSON, MapInfo MIF & MAP, OGC GML, OpenFlight (3-D), SVG, Wavefront OBJ (3-D)

Supported Standards

  • OGC Filter (Spatial filter capabilities can be enabled with the geometry component listed under Available Options) 
  • OGC Symbology Encoding (SE) 
  • ISO 19115 metadata

Optional Database Connectors

IBM DB2, Informix Geodetic and Spatial Datablade, OGC GeoPackage, Oracle Locator and Oracle Spatial, PostGIS (PostgreSQL spatial database extention), SAP HANA (Beta), Microsoft SQLServer, SQLite

Optional Raster Formats

ADRG, ASRP, BCI, Bing Maps, ECW, ECRG, GeoPDF, GeoSPOT, Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) (Beta), GRIB, JPEG2000 (encoding), MrSID, NetCDF, NITF, NSIF, Spot DIMAP, Swiss DHM, USRP 

GDAL-supported formats including ARC/Info Binary Grid(AIG), BSB Nautical Chart Format, ARC/Info Export E00 GRID, ENVI HDR Labelled Raster, ERDAS Imagine, ERDAS Imagine Raw, ILWIS Raster Map, Intergraph Raster, PCI Geomatics database File, PCRaster, Sentinel 1 SAR SAFE, Sentinel 2, SAR CEOS, SRTM HGT, GDAL Virtual, ASCII Gridded XYZ, and so on.

Optional Vector Formats

AIXM (3.3, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.1), ARINC424, ASDI, Asterix (Categories 1, 8, 10, 11, 21, 30, 48, 62, 240 and 244), Autocad DWG/DXF, DAFIF(T), KML, LiDAR LASer, Microstation DGN, S-57 & S-63, VPF

Optional OGC Formats & Web Services

OGC GeoPackage, GML, KML, WCS, WFS(-T), WMS, WMTS, OGC Filter 2.0 (Spatial filter capabilities can be enabled from the Advanced GIS Engine listed under Advanced and Pro options), OGC Symbology Encoding (SE), ISO 19115 metadata

Optional Symbology

APP-6A, APP-6B, APP-6C, ICAO, MS2525b, MS2525c, NVG, S-52, TTA-106, UKHO AML