Hong Kong International to implement AR indoor navigation services

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Mobile application developer Cherrypicks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese online games developer NetDragon Websoft, has signed a contract with Hong Kong International Airport in China to provide mobile indoor navigation services for passengers.

Cherrypicks’ starbeacon solution will enable travelers to search and select a destination within the airport, such as check-in counters or boarding gates, and will then be provided with the best route via an indoor map on their mobile device. The solution includes destination alerts and re-routing intelligence if the user strays from the path.

The apps augmented reality (AR) mode also enables passengers to follow directional arrows through an AR camera view to guide them to their destinations. The mode supports 2D map, perspective map and AR map. Additionally, airport signage can be translated into the travelers’ designated language when the camera phone is held to the signage.

Dr Simon Leung, vice chairman and executive director of NetDragon, said, “We are extremely proud to work with Hong Kong International Airport on this pioneering project. Our innovative, reliable and commercially viable technology will enable the airport to be the first in the world to utilize the starbeacon solution and provide a best-in-class passenger experience and further enhance its status as one of the world’s leading airports.

“Beyond airports, we also see opportunities for this leading technology in large space venues. The starbeacon solution is highly scalable with great market potential in China and around the world.”

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