A promising technology for high-precision positioning in space without the use of GPS or GLONASS satellite systems is being tested in the USA. The new development allows determining coordinates of objects with an accuracy of just a few meters without using satellite groups.
Augmented.City, a Bari (Italia) -based company, is currently working on this advanced technology solution. In the USA, the developers will perform a number of tests that will allow assessing the readiness of the country to use the high-precision geolocation technology and create markers for building layers of augmented reality (AR).
Establishing precise coordinates will allow extending the use of digital technologies. It applies not only to AR, but also unmanned systems in transport and delivery services. The technology can get the widest application in the field of augmented reality. Possibly, tags will be created that will be visible via AR devices (smartphones or glasses). Augmented reality helps grow real estate and tourism businesses.
Besides, Augmented.City solves the problem of accessibility of technical means for navigating in digital space.
A classical approach requires applying complex and expensive optical equipment (Light Detection and Ranging, a method that uses light to measure distances). The new method creates digital tags by using an ordinary smartphone.
“The problem of the GPS technology lies in poor accuracy when determining precise location of an object, it doesn’t provide a precise landmark and doesn’t work indoors. It all depends on conditions of a signal reception from satellites. Under unfavorable conditions, the error may comprise a hundred meters. And now imagine, how an error of hundred meters can affect the projection of a virtual layer on objects. For example, if two restaurants are situated nearby or landmarks for people reading augmented reality in a car. The issue of determining precise coordinates is a cornerstone not only for AR, but also for unmanned vehicles. The creators of unmanned vehicles wouldn’t have needed to build complex solutions to train a vehicle to navigate accurately, if GPS had solved this problem,” says Nicola Bonerba, one of the Co-Founders and the civil construction engineer in Apuglia and Augmented.City.
As a result of testing, local tags for augmented reality will be created.
“We have developed a technology that uses the data visualization cloud to connect to the coordinate system. And the cloud is so dense that an object will not get lost, if, for example, a door in a building is changed, or a chair is put next to it,” says Nicola Bonerba.
Similar tests are being performed in many cities in Europe and China. It is expected that the new technology will create a global digital map that will be used to add AR layers.