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Indoor Localization for Augmented Reality Devices Using BIM, Point Clouds, and Template Matching

Chair of Computing in Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(20), 4260; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9204260
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 4 October 2019 / Accepted: 6 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Augmented Reality: Current Trends, Challenges and Prospects)
Mobile devices are a common target for augmented reality applications, especially for showing contextual information in buildings or construction sites. A prerequisite of contextual information display is the localization of objects and the device in the real world. In this paper, we present our approach to the problem of mobile indoor localization with a given building model. The approach does not use external sensors or input. Accurate external sensors such as stationary cameras may be expensive and difficult to set up and maintain. Relying on already existing external sources may also prove to be difficult, as especially inside buildings, Internet connections can be unreliable and GPS signals can be inaccurate. Therefore, we try to find a localization solution for augmented reality devices that can accurately localize itself only with data from internal sensors and preexisting information about the building. If a building has an accurate model of its geometry, we can use modern spatial mapping techniques and point-cloud matching to find a mapping between local device coordinates and global model coordinates. We use normal analysis and 2D template matching on an inverse distance map to determine this mapping. The proposed algorithm is designed to have a high speed and efficiency, as mobile devices are constrained by hardware limitations. We show an implementation of the algorithm on the Microsoft HoloLens, test the localization accuracy, and offer use cases for the technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: Augmented reality; BIM; localization; indoor localization; pose estimation; point cloud; indoor navigation Augmented reality; BIM; localization; indoor localization; pose estimation; point cloud; indoor navigation
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Herbers, P.; König, M. Indoor Localization for Augmented Reality Devices Using BIM, Point Clouds, and Template Matching. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4260.

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