New Augmented Reality app to help local authorities and emergency services keep themselves and the public safe

Ordnance Survey (OS) partner, Aligned Assets, is supporting GIS Day this November 15 2017 by making available its Augmented Reality (AR) application to all local authorities and emergency services in a free trial.

Symphony AR was created to enable information held within an organisation to be displayed as Augmented Reality. Any data which has a spatial element can be shown as augmented reality markers, this may be addresses themselves, other spatial data such as sports facilities, listed buildings, commercial properties and more. It has a full management console, Symphony Location Manager, that users can load their own spatial data, configure it and define how that data should be visualised within AR.

The system is flexible enough to allow the organisation to choose which data they want to make available, and thus in the case of safeguarding members of staff and the public, it could be used by emergency services responding to an incident to observe risk based information within their vicinity. They will already hold this data within their office based systems, and Symphony AR could be used to expose this information to the officer on the ground to help make important decisions i.e. a property which is on fire has oxygen cylinders for instance, or the neighbouring property has been known to store large quantities of fireworks. Equally a member of staff going to do a site visit for a planning application can use AR to highlight the presence of Tree Preservation Orders, determine whether they are within a Conservation Area or see which neighbours were notified or a planning application.

Andy Hird, Aligned Assets Managing Director says: “For this Gazetteers Day we are making available just the addresses themselves, to help people gain an understanding into how AR can hook into a spatial dataset and expose that information as augmented markers.  We hope custodians will use Symphony AR to engage users within their organisation in a visual and current way, the individual use cases are varied and we believe custodians and the people they engage will start to think about ways such technology can help them deliver services or empower decision making. Access to this data can create a range of benefits from helping protect the public, safeguarding front line staff, helping to reduce fraud or providing access to any geospatial data.”

Symphony AR was used as a citizen based application to highlight South Kesteven Council’s Stamford Georgian Festival. The Symphony Location Manager application was used to define what data was visualized and how.

For the trial, Symphony AR can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.


Aligned Assets are the UK’s leading provider in address management solutions and augmented reality technology, helping organisations consume, share, integrate and match address data. Our innovative solutions provide accuracy and efficiency to local authorities, emergency services and other organisations that use address data.

Author: GISuser

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