Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Research and Development

Augmented Reality View of a small airfield

Real-time, Augmented view of a small airfield. Augmented Reality displays allow a single Air Traffic Controller to monitor multiple airports.

Kongsberg Geospatial is producing industry-leading innovation in the realm of real-time, Augmented Reality (AR).

Augmented Reality is an emerging technology that overlays a digital model of the world over a live video feed to “augment” reality with a composite view providing additional information that’s not visible in the original image. This can range from relatively simple applications like enhancing visibility in smoky or foggy environments, or displaying waypoints, objectives, and other navigational data for the driver of a vehicle to more complex tasks like identifying parts and providing assembly and service instructions to a technician working on a complex machine.

Kongsberg Geospatial has made a significant commitment to research and development in high-precision, real-time Augmented Reality applications.


Kongsberg Geospatial has worked in partnership with the Canadian Army on research and development projects, integrating live video with a digital terrain model taken from real-world geospatial data, and overlaying live data from ADS-B, and IFF Transponders, and other sensor input from sources including real-time LIDAR data.

While much of the work Kongsberg Geospatial is doing in this space is pre-commercial research and development, we are also engaged in creating fully-realized commercial applications that leverage Augmented Reality components, including a project in partnership with AVINOR of Norway, to create a system of remotely operated Air Traffic Control towers for remote airports. The remote tower system allows a single Air Traffic Controller to control flights and multiple airports using an immersive display that provides a full 360-degree field of vision of each airport. The system leverages Augmented Reality technology to provide real-time data on aircraft tracks and flight paths, and provides virtual terrain data to improve visibility during periods of poor weather or low visibility.

  • Augmented Reality Projects:
  • Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DGLEPM) research
  • NRC Research Projects
  • AVINOR Remote Tower Project
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