Planitar Inc. — vendor of the iGUIDE system that can scan a room to create a floor plan as well as 360-degree image capture — announced an add-on service called iGUIDE Preview. Using computer vision and machine learning AI, “Planitar customers will now receive access to iGUIDE 3D tour with interactive floor plan within minutes of uploading project files,” a company press release said.
“The combination of 360° images and 2D LiDAR scans produced by the iGUIDE PLANIX camera system was designed to balance fast capture with rich visuals and accurate floor plan data,” said Alexander Likholyot, CEO of Planitar in the release. “This unique sensor fusion greatly increases reliability of AI predictions and accuracy of automatic floor plan generation compared to floor plans generated from 360° images alone. When combined with Planitar’s capability to rapidly curate sizable, uniquely annotated property datasets, we have been able to materially advance our core technology offering.”
The company claims that the machine learning systems can let users scan a property and receive the interactive floor plan and virtual tour before leaving.
“Customers can choose to publish this tour directly for their clients, use it to enable internal workflows and gain efficiencies, or wait to receive the full iGUIDE within 24 hours,” the company says. “Fully automated processing allows expedited delivery of property marketing assets within the Residential Real Estate market and supports instant property damage assessment reports within the Insurance and Restoration market.”
The general category of product uses complex mathematical algorithms and the ready availability of computing power to process video and still images into calculable data that can provide information, from floor plans to estimates of materials needed to duplicate damaged interiors and detailed property records.
If accurate enough, the data in theory should also allow developers and architects to check actual, versus plan, dimensions of spaces to correctly order fixtures, cabinetry, and furnishings rather than sending personnel to verify measurements.
Last August, the North Carolina Regional MLS, which claimed to be the largest in the state, began to incorporate a 3D virtual viewing capability in its systems, in part using Planitar’s iGUIDE.
The addition was expected to “enable NCRMLS’s Realtors to schedule, invite and host their clients in immersive, 3D environments for virtual showing tours through the MLS” and “allow realtors to coordinate with their client(s) in real-time, even if they are on the other side of the world in another time zone.”