OpenDataScience AR

A mobile (tablet) application for iPadOS that visualizes data obtained from the Geographical Information System (GIS) through augmented reality.

About the project

OpenDataScience AR is an application intended for tablets from Apple - iPads with iPadOS. The goal of this educational project is to show the possibilities of using freely available data and modern technologies (augmented reality) for practical purposes.

Application and System Features

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  • interactive map of the Czech Republic

  • 3D AR model of GIS data

  • blending of a 3D model in augmented reality with a real map of the Czech Republic

  • monitoring the evolution of landscape transformation over time

  • connecting the application to Google Cloud Storage (downloading documents)

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CTU University approached us with the idea of creating a native AR application for iPadOS, depicting the geographical development of the Czech Republic over the past few years.

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We were excited about the project concept. At Rascason, we like to invent solutions that combine modern technology and practical use. The AR application from CTU combines all these features and adds one small bonus - it is an example of the fact that extended reality does not have to be used only in games or on social networks, but also in educational applications and as a marketing tool.

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Technology and Services

We worked on the project for two months. One mobile application developer took care of the implementation.

  • AR Application Development, Augmented Reality Consulting, UX/UI Design

  • Swift, AR kit


AR Application Development

As part of cooperation with CTU, we created an application for tablets with the iPadOS operating system, working with augmented reality.

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  1. 1Idea Validation

    The client approached us with a relatively clear idea of what the application should be able to do and contain. In the initial consultations, we took advantage of our experience in developing mobile applications and working with augmented reality and supplemented his idea.

  2. 2User Interface Design

  3. 3AR App Development for iPadOS

  4. 4User Testing

  5. 5Application Deployment and Maintenance

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Solution Detail

We start work on any project with an initial consultation, where we and the client clarify what type of cooperation will be involved and what the underlying idea of the intended digital product is.

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Through several meetings, we created a sketch of the application concept and defined the degree of use of augmented reality.

This was followed by the preparation of wireframes and UX/UI design of the application. However, much more work for us this time it was waiting on the backend, where it was necessary to solve not only the functioning of the mobile application as such, but also the AR superstructure.

We proposed the concept of data flow solution and connected the AR application to Google Cloud Storage, where the documents from which the map draws its data are uploaded.

Then it was necessary to process the open data from the GIS into an AR model, in this case a 3D map that shows the development of the landscape using animation of the selected section of the map over time. Under the AR model, we have added a classic map of the Czech Republic, which can be blended with the model to monitor, for example, the development of afforestation in a specific city or village.
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How we helped

The Rascasone team designed and implemented a technical and graphic solution for an AR mobile application processing freely available data from GIS.

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We managed to create a digital product that combines technological trends, open-source projects and modern marketing principles.

We are glad that we could participate in the creation of this digital product and we believe that this is not the last project of this type.

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