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How Geospatial Technology Connects Reality and the Metaverse

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How can geospatial technology help us deliver better virtual experiences and shape a more productive future?

When you get lost, use your phone to check your favorite navigation app to find the right route. The whole process is so easy that you might not realize how sophisticated it is to capture the entire Street View in 3D and display it on his 2D screen on your phone.

These technologies and experiences are made possible by geospatial technology.

Geospatial technology refers to the collection of techniques and processes for acquiring and understanding location-related data. This ranges from satellite-based technologies that map and monitor the earth to precise positioning technologies in the hands of experts who design and build the world’s infrastructure.

In addition to the real world, this technology can be applied to virtual worlds to provide higher fidelity at an increasingly lower cost than creating modeled replicas. So, to understand how this technology can be used to create a more immersive metaverse, he spoke to Faheem Khan, President of Asia at Leica Geosystems (part of Hexagon AB). Revolutionizing the world of measurement and surveying for 200 years, Leica He Geosystems has created complete solutions for professionals around the world. Known for developing reliable products and innovative solutions, professionals in various industries such as aerospace and defense, safety and security, construction and manufacturing trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs doing.

Creating a metaverse using geospatial techniques

Until very recently, geospatial technology was primarily used in the “professional space” to map and arrange elements of the world for the most complex engineering and construction projects or for land management purposes. Khan puts this in very simple terms, flying autonomous drone-like tools over cities to get aerial views and driving cars around cities to get surface-level views. explained how to obtain This data is then combined and overlaid on top of each other to create a digital twin of the city at a scale and cost not previously possible. This technological advancement, along with the growing desire for accurate, reliable, and cost-effective data, has created new use cases and industries that benefit from today’s geospatial technology.

Then, considering the metaverse as an extension of the real world, we assume that objects should be replicated in the metaverse using the same techniques used to document objects in the real world. . “And geospatial technology is perfect not only for building his one-to-one replicas of small objects and projects, but also for creating and maintaining digital twins of the dynamic planets we live on. it is,” he added.

This technology is not only used to create the metaverse, but is also used in the gaming industry to create more realistic environments. Khan said that as technology develops, the gap between the real world and the virtual world is closing. “I think the future generation, the youth, are already in that melted dimension. When you turn on your console, you’re already in that mixed space,” he explained.

The intersection of geospatial technology and the metaverse

Using geospatial technology in the metaverse doesn’t just help improve your gaming experience. Khan elaborates that the real benefit of the realistic metaverse is its ability to accurately simulate the results of fire drills, construction sequences, autonomous navigation, and more in real-world settings. “If we can immerse the user in the metaverse and provide the user his experience that supports things like simulation in a digital yet natural space, this new method will solve some very basic needs.” He said. For example, companies use the Metaverse to run simulations like this to avoid putting employees at risk while training them for worst-case scenarios, he added.

In addition to simulating such possible scenarios, another benefit of creating immersive experiences is to improve workplace efficiency, he said. Using previously collected geospatial data, he asked us to imagine a field worker who noticed a deviation in the building he was working on. Workers went to the site with printed materials to see how things were affected. “Wouldn’t it be even better if you could go to the scene and put on a device like HoloLens (a mixed reality smart glasses made by Microsoft) and immerse yourself in his 3D space as opposed to the real world?” he asked.

While we’ve focused on how a metaverse built using geospatial technology can help you work in the real world, this technology can also be used to make decisions within the metaverse. Companies can use geospatial data to select viable virtual lands to develop in the metaverse. Yes, just like in the real world, selling real estate in the virtual world is about finding the perfect location, and it can be achieved using geospatial technology. Businesses can use the Metaverse’s geospatial data to find out whether the parcels they want to purchase and deploy in their stores are likely to be visited.

How the metaverse grows over time

Khan has high hopes for the future of the Metaverse. “I think we are at the intersection of technology and user maturity, which will drive adoption. [of the metaverse]’ He added, ‘This trend shows that the real and virtual worlds are becoming more interconnected.

He explained that end-user demand for high-definition visuals is growing. “When it comes to geospatial technology, we want to capture space with infinite fidelity, high resolution, and higher fidelity at a lower cost.” The BLK series of products (Leica Geosystems’ 3D reality capture portfolio) It has disrupted the field and shaped the future, but it still has a long way to go in achieving the right balance between low-cost data collection and high accuracy, he added. Khan also said that Hexagon AB acquired his Immersal, a developer of augmented reality (AR) technology, last year, and that the acquisition will help improve the company’s ability to create immersive virtual environments. shared.

During a panel discussion at Geo Connect Asia 2022, Khan spoke about the geospatial industry’s foray into the metaverse. For the chance to hear from an expert in the geospatial community, check out his website at Geo Connect Asia.

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Header image courtesy: Leica Geosystems website