GIS.FCU Revolutionary Solutions Bring International Fame to a Major
Taiwanese Festival

The annual days-long procession of the statue of Mazu from the Zhenlan Temple in Dajia District of Taichung City to other Mazu temples in Taiwan is considered one of the nation’s most important religious festivals. This year, the procession began at 11:00 p.m. on March 23. For many years, the Zhenlan Temple has commissioned FCU to provide GPS technology and real-time imaging to build a real-time satellite positioning service network to complement this event. This year, FCU has added a cell phone app and augmented reality (AR) services to allow the public to view 3D images of and information about the procession.

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App Services

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Information about the Zhenlan Temple Mazu procession is available at your fingertips using smart phone and AR technology developed by FCU.

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Phone Verison of the Location Broadcast Service

For the past seven years, FCU has been responsible for the development and maintenance of the Zhenlan Temple website. In the first year, it has received 50,000 hits. Last year, that number reached 420,000. Via the website, members of the public unable to take part in the festivities in person have followed the progress of the procession, including those from the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China, Japan and Hong Kong. This year, in addition to equipping the palanquin in which the statue of Mazu sits during the procession with a video camera to stream images of the event in real time, the center has made use of a cell phone app and AR technology. AR technology is the overlapping of information technology and real world events accessed via smart phones. The development of this real-time satellite positioning service network is the first example of AR technology applied to a religious celebration.

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Location Broadcast Service for Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage and Petrol

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Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage and Petrol