Two awards in 3-D

A web-based 3-D modelling service has earned Dunedin company Areo its second United Nations award in three years.

The company was named this week as one of five winners in the e-business and commerce section at the United Nations World Summit Awards (WSA).

Areo was one of three New Zealand companies recognised at the awards, and among 40 winners across eight categories selected from 460 entries from 105 countries by judges in Hong Kong.

The company's award recognised its web-based 3-D modelling tool Areoscan, which allowed users to create 3-D models of an area or object using digital photographs, with surveying, architecture and design applications.

Areo staff would be invited to receive the award at an ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, later this year.

Areo chief financial officer Graham Hambleton, of Dunedin, said he was "obviously elated" at the success.

"It's a nice sort of feeling. It is a very formal recognition from a panel of experts."

Areo was a winner in the e-entertainment and games section of the same UN awards in 2009.

That award was for the company's Casebook crime game series, which used an earlier robot-guided version of its 3-D photographic technique to create photo-realistic environments.

The World Summit Awards were established after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, held in 2003, and aim to promote the development and sharing of technological innovation.

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