Nearabl integrates iTwin digital twin solution into its AR indoor navigation technology

In Augmented Reality News 

October 24, 2022 – Nearabl Inc., a company that is working to create a metaverse of accessibility, has today announced a partnership with Bentley Systems, Incorporated, an infrastructure engineering software company, to expand the use of its technology within the global infrastructure, construction, and design industries. The partnership means that Nearable is now an iTwin Premier Partner, and its Nearabl app has achieved the “Powered by iTwin” designation.

Nearabl offers a wayfinding and navigation platform that allows users to view accurate digital indoor maps and signage, record new paths and points of interest, and expand access to physical experiences. Easy to use, affordable, and customizable, the company’s technology has been deployed to serve diverse audiences, including construction site managers, digital tourists, people with low vision and metaverse enthusiasts.

The Bentley iTwin platform provides a foundation for building SaaS solutions to design, build, and operate infrastructure assets. Infrastructure projects, beginning at the construction stage, are now able to edit work orders based on iTwin data and visualize that content on-site via Nearabl’s augmented reality iOS mobile application as digital signage. Additionally, Nearabl’s indoor navigation technology integration enables iTwin users to achieve real-time occupancy monitoring of their infrastructure, according to the company.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership! It is a gigantic step towards establishing our imprint on the infrastructure market. As an academic spin-out, integrating with Bentley’s open-source digital twin technology was a no-brainer for many reasons,” said Arber Ruci, CEO and Co-founder at Nearabl, Inc. “Where we found the most value was in familiarity and ease of use for our end-users — we launched as a mobile-first application to great initial early reviews of our mobile visualization but soon enough we realized that our end users were much more comfortable editing and changing Nearabl mobile content on an iTwin desktop/web interface. We quickly integrated the process and have been deploying it in some cool places.”

Sheena Gaynes, Director, Business Development, iTwin Platform, at Bentley Systems, commented: “We are delighted to have Nearabl, Inc. add their Nearabl iOS application to the Powered by iTwin program. In doing so, Nearabl joins the growing ecosystem of software developers enabling digital twin solutions with the Bentley iTwin platform. Nearabl is a great example of how BIM and augmented reality (AR) can be combined and visualized in a mobile app to improve the safety and productivity of construction teams.”

Nearabl stated that when combined with digital twin technology, its indoor navigation accuracy and AR visualization solution lays the groundwork for a built-world metaverse, creating the potential for innovation in the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure around the world.

To learn more about Nearabl and its augmented reality visualization solutions, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Nearabl

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