- Turkey’s capital Ankara is Open AR Cloud’s 4th test city in the metaverse.
- The city mayor, Mansur Yavaş shared a video on Twitter of the deal that will see Ankara integrated into the virtual universe.
- It follows Los Angeles, Helsinki and Bari, which Open AR Cloud tested in the past.
Ankara is the latest city to be integrated into the metaverse after Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Mansur Yavaş said it had become Open AR Cloud’s 4th test subject. According to a post that the mayor shared on Twitter, the Turkish capital joins Los Angeles, Bari and Helsinki in the XR cloud solutions’ growing list of metaverse test cities.
Yavaş wrote, “after Los Angeles, Bari and Helsinki, our Ankara has become the 4th test city of the Open AR Cloud Association, which develops standards for Metaverse to be open and interoperable. We will complete the Metaverse integration with our BLD 4.0 vision, and we will be there with our actions.”
The Open AR Cloud Association is on a mission to bring the real world to the virtual universe.
Based on the company’s statement on its website, it wants “to drive the development of open and interoperable spatial computing technology, data and standards to connect the physical and digital worlds for the benefit of all.”
It was founded by the extended reality (XR) platform Ethar in 2018 and has since grown to have over 300 members and more than 60 partners.
The metaverse industry exploded last year with the demand for digital land rising and more video game developers embracing the shift to blockchain gaming.
The integration of Ankara into the metaverse is part of the mayor’s BLD 4.0 project announced in a video released last week. The project is centred on digitization, which features him walking in a digital version of the city. Commenting on the video, Yavaş wrote, “although each year with you may be a short moment, I know we have a long way to go together,” before wishing his 5.6 million followers a Happy New Year!.
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