17th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science

The Smart Services group had an active participation in the 17th Agile conference during last week.


Álvaro Arranz showing the Google Glasses

On the 2nd of June, Álvaro Arranz conduced a workshop called Development of Augmented Reality Applications for Google GLASS. The workshop was centred on showing how wearable technology, such as Google GLASS, can improve the user experience for GIS applications, e.g. indoor localization. Displaying understandable geographic information easily to the user has traditionally been a challenge for GIS application developers. Wearable technology has recently showed up as a solution for dramatically improving the user experience for a variety of technologies, and geographic information will, very likely, be having an important role.

In the first section of the workshop, the Google GLASS user experience was be presented. Timeline, cards, immersions and input technology was explained. Then, an introduction to the GDK was be given from a developer point of view. Basic concepts for jumping from Android SDK to GDK was outlined. Finally, the speakers showed how an indoor localization application can be programmed for GLASS




Guillermo Amat during the presentation

During the parallel sessions, Guillermo Amat presented the scientific paper written by the group Using Open Street Maps data and tools for indoor mapping in a Smart City scenario. The paper explains the experience of implementing a Smart City scenario using Open Street Maps tools and data. The developed indoor mapping system includes not only a localization and navigation solution, but also a natural speaking environment as a human to machine interface. The solution explained is based on a NoSQL database for storing GIS data, a public web service layer used to obtain information, user’s current position, navigation routes and human language interaction. An Android mobile client application is used for providing the proper access to all these services. As a case study, the system is successfully implemented in the U-TAD University.