Veea Inc., a pioneer in hi-tech connectivity and computing, recently published that South Korea’s Smart City project Seongnam is using the company’s Smart Edge Nodes to improve their cultural exhibits with AR technology. Seongnam Cultural Foundation’s Independent Activist Webtoon Project uses Augmented Reality to delight, involve, and train visitors as they study about the lives of more than 100 historically important activists.
Augmented Reality software operating on Veea’s Platform allows guests to see and hear webtoon animated figures as they walk past the exhibit. An augmented reality company Doodleis has worked with Veea to create animated 3D webtoon characters to life on cell phones. The visitors of the exhibit can even take pictures with these characters and view life-size 3D rabbits and elephants playing in the plaza grass of the exhibit.
The AR market, as per MarketsandMarkets Research, will increase from USD10 billion in 2019 to more than USD70 billion by 2024. Engaging augmented reality applications should be highly responsive, but processing which is performed in cloud data centres creats lag. Local cloud processing is thereby more critical as augmented reality moves from novelty to essential across a range of markets, like education, healthcare, and industrial.
VeeaHub Smart Edge Nodes (SENs) stationed in outdoor and indoor exhibition locations connect Wi-Fi hotspot access with server processing, which creates a MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) platform. The MECplaces cloud processing close to users. VeeaHubs provides a secure Wi-Fi Mesh, Bluetooth, Zigbee, LoRa, and 4G/LTE wireless connectivity. Veea executes the localized, expandable clouds needed for AR solutions a reality.
“In collaboration with the very talented Doodleis team and Seongnam City Hall administration, we are demonstrating the clear requirement for a highly integrated edge computing and communication platform as close to users as possible. Through this deployment, citizens of Seongnam and the local industry can explore an almost unlimited number of AR, IoT, and other applications of the VeeaHub platform through its open, highly secure software development environment.” Allen Salmasi, CEO of Veea.