Research and Innovation, Ordnance Survey (UK)
GIR (Geo Immersive Reality) – Through The Looking Glass
Maps are a reference to real-world objects. They help us navigate and make sense of the world by providing a list and locations of places and objects and a drawing to understand the attributes of objects invisible to our eyes. The height and contours of a mountain, the dimensions of a property, etc, all relevant to help understand the environment. However, if this geospatial information is to help the user with situational awareness and operational intelligence in their current location, real benefits will be gained to deliver this data as a digital overlay on a smartphone or ultimately smart glasses for a heads up access.
Immersive environments have also been proved to improve information retention after six months by 20%.
In the case of Virtual reality, most geospatial analytics task for urban planning asset management and smart sensors monitoring can certainly benefit from a collaborative immersive platform for engagement specially when 3D data is involved. A new level of perspective is gained within VR which cannot be replicated on a 2-dimensional traditional screen.
And in again in the case of tabletop AR, 3D holographic views of a smart city shared amongst the team even through a remote link to discuss a real-time view of the city along with the latest data from the sensors can help with board meetings/decision-making times In the cases of resilience and emergencies.
It is only through developing prototypes and testing them out with real use cases that evaluations can take place To assess the benefits and drawbacks of such experiences and plan the future.
Layla Gordon is a Research and Innovation Scientist in Ordnance Survey with over 12 years of programming experience developing computer vision, neural networks, Mobile apps, geospatial navigation techniques and AR/MR/VR experiences in rural and smart city platforms.
She holds a BSc in Computer science with AI and a further Mphil in Distributed Computer Vision in Computer Vision Biometrics from Southampton University funded by DARPA Human ID project.
She is currently leading a project within OS Labs called GIR (geo immersive reality) which develops mixed reality experiences using various headsets and with Ordnance Survey’s data For the customers and partners to introduce the technology and engage further on specific use cases to inform OS of future users of its data in upcoming platforms.
One of her most recent success stories was the development of location-based the AR feature for OS Leisure and successful launch of it within the OSMaps app currently on the app store which has won multiple awards including yahoo sports award in the year 2018.
Featured in the register for some pioneering work in this domain: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/20/ordnance_survey_augmented_map_week/