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In-person AR flood prevention to debut in Charleston

A new digital pilot project by inCitu, a firm that democratises urban planning by transforming municipal planning data into usable, smartphone-based augmented reality (AR) encounters, will take place in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to inCitu, a significant endeavour is now under way to safeguard Charleston against floods. The perimeter protection barrier’s proposed construction has sparked spirited discussion among residents who are very concerned about how it will seem. Residents will be allowed to view a QR code locally to see the suggested designs in real-scale, as if they have already been created, using inCitu’s AR technology.

Although information on urban development is made accessible to the public, the company claims that most of the time it is either unintelligible to them or just not available to them. The city of Charleston is making a concerted effort to become more transparent, boosting the easy access and inclusion of information that is readily accessible to the public in order to bolster local discussions about urban development by putting the future of the city in the hands of people who live and work there.

Individuals tend to anticipate the worst unless they get the opportunity to witness new buildings or large infrastructure initiatives for themselves. Residents may use cellphones to investigate recommended building plans, according to Paul Turner, CEO of Virtual America, a nearby Charleston start-up venture that specialises in AR and VR for apps exhibiting creativity, design, and heritage.

According to Turner, this is an easy and low-friction way for neighbourhood advocacy groups and ordinary people to observe and make direct and rapid criticism to company builders or engineers on their ideas for new construction and infrastructure upgrades across the City of Charleston. This concept was developed by Turner.

Additionally, inCitu said that cities’ usage of its platform improves their capacity to swiftly compile public feedback outside of the conventional town hall or supervision board meeting structure. In the end, the company’s platform enables augmented reality (AR)-driven interactions that facilitate comprehension and improve communication for community members who might directly benefit from development initiatives.

According to inCitu, one of the most common challenges that will arise when cities construct digital replicas of their metropolitan centres is the incorporation of technology into the existing methods for city planning in order to handle real-time 3D data.

You may get further information on inCitu and their technology for visualising city planning data using augmented reality by going to the website of the company.

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