Symphony Location Manager

Symphony Location Manager enables organisations to quickly and easily load and configure data to be shown in Augmented Reality without the need of third parties

What are the Benefits of Symphony Location Manager?

What are the Benefits of Symphony Location Manager?

Symphony Location Manager enables any organisation to quickly and easily load and configure data to be shown as Augmented Reality without the need for third party software. This makes the augmented reality experience dynamic and something that can be easily refined to suit the needs of the organisation at no external cost.

 

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We designed our management console to help you control which data is available to our Augmented Reality (AR) application and to whom has access to it. Using a simple yet effective interface as the administrator for the AR application you have a range of features to help you configure the way AR will be used within your organisation.

It’s quite likely you will have GIS data within your organisation already in a format such as MapInfo Tab or ESRI Shape or perhaps even in csv. The management console will ensure you can not only load this data, but then continue to format its representation within the AR application and which users get to see that data.

Features

Features

Symphony Location Manager has been designed to be a one stop hub for managing the data you want to be included in Symphony AR, and includes features designed to aid importing and loading data, departmental and user permissions, bespoke imagery and even the ability to generate revenue through the app.

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Scheduling and Publishing Data

We’ve included the ability to schedule when and to whom the data that you want included is published. These events are customisable, so they work how the administrator wants them, rather than being beholden to a schedule dictated by the software.

The Schedule Events button is used to build up a list of Schedule Events for the Symphony Location Manager Service to automatically Upload or Publish data to or from the Symphony Location Manager database. These events can either be scheduled for a future date or run immediately.

The Publish Events button is used to build up a list of Publish Events that you might wish to add to the Schedule Events to automatically publish data from the Symphony Location Manager database to a MapInfo Tab or Esri Shape file.

Departments

The Departments feature is used to define the different Departmental groups for grouping the Tables in the Symphony Location Manager. Different Departments will have different data requirements and this tool has been added to ensure that the administrator can easily segment the relevant data to the relevant departments.

Requests

The Requests feature has been designed to enable the Administrator to control who in their organisation has access to Symphony AR. This is an extra verification step to ensure security and to make sure that only users with permissions to access the data can populate the app. Once the app has been downloaded onto a device a request is sent to Location Manager where the device can then be approved or declined.

Images

We’ve included a full library of pre-loaded icons for use in Symphony AR, but Symphony Location Manager also includes the ability for users to add their own. Alongside uploading the icons, different classifications and custom tags can be added to create groups of icons of specific purposes.

For the public versions of Symphony AR we’ve included the ability to include adverts to offer additional information and revenue generation opportunities. These adverts can be configured in Symphony Location Manager to appear only at specific times, for local events such as a weekday market, and/or by location in the case of some local businesses.

Open Source Data Loading

Open Source Data Loading

When determining the way we wanted the Management Console to work we really wanted to ensure it would be as interoperable as possible, for this reason we chose in our maiden software release to focus on two well established technologies, Microsoft SQL Server and GDAL, and blended them to provide a robust and reliable system.

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Using the power of Microsoft SQL Server we allow you to store data in a centralised database to which the management console connects to. We use GDAL (http://www.gdal.org/) which is a translator library released under an open source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. This allows us to handle all manner of data formats without the unnecessary expense of 3rd party data loaders.

Powerful View Builder

Powerful View Builder

Once the dataset has been loaded into the database using the Management Console, it can be formatted for the AR Application. Most datasets will have additional information that will not be appropriate for display, perhaps due to it’s sensitive nature or just doesn’t have meaning to others, so the View Builder allows users to format the data in a consistent way so that the users of the AR application can clearly and easily understand the data.  In our early trials with the AR application we found that this was best achieved by creating a set of standard fields that you map the dataset to.  The View Builder makes this process easy for someone to follow so you don’t actually need any SQL knowledge to use it.

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Advanced SQL users can use the Advanced Query Builder to directly input SQL syntax to fine tune the way data is returned.  For those customers who perhaps need an extra hand with this step, we have a team of excellent developers who love nothing more than working with sql features such as Ltrim, Isnull, Case, Cast or Union.

Groups and Devices

Groups and Devices

Once the data has been defined through the View Builder you want to be sure the right users (devices) are accessing that data. When designing our Management Console we determined the simplest way to do this was to create groups and assign mobile devices to those groups. For example a group is created called “Planning Department”, and within that group we want to assign a newly created view called “Listed Buildings”.  Now we assign a device to that group.  This means that when that device uses our AR application it will recognise which views they are entitled to see.

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Using the Management Console allows the administrator to very easily control which users (devices) access which data.  Should a device be lost for instance, the AR Management Console administrator can lock that devices access by simply altering the settings within the Management Console.

Other Features

Other Features

We’ve packed the Symphony Location Manager with a range of other features, including Application Logging, the ability to enter a Mock Location and we’ve made sure it’s not locked to one mapping provider. Further information about all of these features can be found below.

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Comprehensive Application Logging

When we were developing the AR application we did a lot of debugging. AR is a not new technology as such (see our blog post here for more details on that: https://www.aligned-assets.co.uk/blog/aligned-assets-adopt-augmented-reality/) but we had to develop and test on a range of hardware devices including Android tablets and phones so it was important we could see what was going on.  We log the data access activity between a device and the data it retrieves and as an administrator of the AR module you can use these logs to better enhance the way AR is used within your organisation.

Mock Location

Another feature we have added to the Management Console is Mock Location. This helps a user within the field record a location so that they can come back to the office and revisualise what they saw whilst they were out. Its also something that will help administrators know that they have loaded data successfully and configured things correctly within the View Builder before employees of their organisation are deployed using the AR application.

Choice of Mapping

As an Ordnance Survey partner we really wanted to make use of the OS Maps API (https://apidocs.os.uk/docs/os-maps-overview) within the AR application.  If a user wants to swap change from the AR view and visualise data against a traditional 2D map, they can do this simply at a click of a button.  For those organisations who would rather make use of Open Street Map (https://www.openstreetmap.org) that is no problem either, you simply configure the management console accordingly.

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Ask A Question

If you’ve got a question about Symphony Location Manager or would like to get a quote about using the solution within your organisation, contact us using the form in the Find Out More Section below.

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