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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(2), 46;

Survey on Urban Warfare Augmented Reality

Zhengzhou Institute of Surveying and Mapping, Zhengzhou 50052, China
College of Computer, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 28 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
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Urban warfare has become one of the main forms of modern combat in the twenty-first century. The main reason why urban warfare results in hundreds of casualties is that the situational information of the combatant is insufficient. Accessing information via an Augmented Reality system can elevate combatants’ situational awareness to effectively improve the efficiency of decision-making and reduce the injuries. This paper begins with the concept of Urban Warfare Augmented Reality (UWAR) and illuminates the objectives of developing UWAR, i.e., transparent battlefield, intuitional perception and natural interaction. Real-time outdoor registration, information presentation and natural interaction are presented as key technologies of a practical UWAR system. Then, the history and current research state of these technologies are summarized and their future developments are highlighted from three perspectives, i.e., (1) Better integration with Geographic Information System and Virtual Geographic Environment; (2) More intelligent software; (3) More powerful hardware. View Full-Text
Keywords: augmented reality; urban warfare; situational awareness; registration; information representation; natural interaction augmented reality; urban warfare; situational awareness; registration; information representation; natural interaction

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You, X.; Zhang, W.; Ma, M.; Deng, C.; Yang, J. Survey on Urban Warfare Augmented Reality. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 46.

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