With the Virtual Alabama School Safety Systems (VAS3), there are
multiple projects going simultaneously. One of these projects is the
"Indoor Google StreetView" project. This project includes the creation of
"walk throughs" of rooms and hallways through the building.
The process begins with the collection of photos using a very specific
device. This camera system allows for the remote triggering via wifi
and download of captured photographs to a user's cell phone or tablet.
The transferred files are automatically stitched together to produce a
high quality panoramic image. Here is a sample of the raw output from
our camera system.
Source Image Post Stitching
The next step include the mapping of the positions of where each set of
images were captured. This is done using a mapping interface designed
and developed by my team we call the Floor Plan Annotation Tool (FPAT).
Floor Plan Annotation Tool (FPAT)
In the FPAT we are able to actually generate the tiles needed for
ingestion into Google StreetView using the "360 View Manager" module by
selecting the panoramic image and queue it for tiling. The tiled Google StreetView dataset is then associated to each point on the map,
therefore completing the process.
The following is an example of a final product from the process.
As a part of the Virtual Alabama School Safety System project
team, SICS is excited to help host the 4th annual Virtual Alabama
School Safety Summit this week in Montgomery, AL. This conference
gives educators, administrators and community first responders from across the
state an opportunity to network and share their challenges and solutions to
campus emergency preparedness issues. Attendees will also get to
hear from a number of experts in the fields of emergency management, law
enforcement, education, mental health, and substance abuse.
More at: http://www.waff.com/story/24815192/summit-highlights-school-safety-in-alabama