ETSI establishes Augmented Reality Framework group
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Communications standards organisation ETSI has launched a new industry specification initiative focussing on augmented reality.

The group is intended to “synchronise efforts and identify key use cases and scenarios for developing an AR framework with relevant components and interfaces.” It will also provide technical requirements for the field to ensure “interoperable implementations.”

The Augmented Reality Framework group held its first meeting on 30 November and 1 December, electing b-com’s Muriel Deschanel as chair, and Ralf Schäfer from Fraunhofer HHI as the vice chair.

Discussing the remit of the initiative, Deschanel said: “There are huge differences in AR applications, but mapping digital information with the real world implies the use of a set of common components offering functionalities such as tracking, registration, pose estimation, localisation, 3D reconstruction or data injection.

“The development of such a framework will allow components from different providers to interoperate through the defined interfaces. This will avoid the creation of vertical siloes and market fragmentation, and enable players in the eco-system to offer parts of an overall AR solution.”

'Augmented reality' technology mixes digital content with the real world via the use of a headset. It is anticipated that the technology will play an core role in Industry 4.0, smart cities and smart homes. The group's next meeting will take place at the beginning of February next year.

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