Augmented reality framework enables multi-vendor ecosystems

March 24, 2020 //By Julien Happich
Augmented reality
Today industrial and end users tend to frequently depend on a single provider to deploy Augmented Reality (AR) applications and services. The multi-vendor AR framework specification announced by ETSI will allow components from different providers to inter-operate via the defined interfaces, allowing broader and quicker adoption of AR technology.

It will also take account of a growing and dynamic AR market. The ETSI GS ARF 003 unveiled by the ETSI Industry Specification Group on the Augmented Reality Framework (ISG ARF) introduces the characteristics of an AR system and describes the functional building blocks of a generic AR reference architecture and their mutual relationships.

The global architecture gives an overview of an AR system which is based on a set of hardware and software components as well as data describing the real world and virtual content. The functional architecture applies to both fully embedded AR systems and implementations spread over IP networks in a scalable manner with subfunctions. These subfunctions can either be deployed on the AR device or be provided via cloud technology.

“In the context of the work undertaken by the group, Augmented Reality is the ability to mix in real-time spatially-registered digital content into the real world, thus augmenting the user’s reality with accurate contextual information” says Muriel Deschanel, Chair of the ETSI ISG ARF. “AR can be a real asset for many use cases in Industry 4.0 or in the medical sector. With the significant improvement to network performance brought by 5G, in particular in terms of bandwidth and latency, cloud services will become essential to a larger number of AR use cases”.

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