Niantic announced that their Operation Portal Recon (OPR) tool for Ingress has launched in Brazil and Korea!
OPR is a tool designed for Ingress players to submit new portal requests, which Niantic has been using to create new portals in Ingress and new PokeStops in Pokemon GO.
Niantic has also confirmed earlier that they already added 9000 new portals (and edited 11000 existing portals) based on reports using the OPR tool.
Of course, this reflects in Pokemon GO also, as PokeStops are based on Ingress portals and Niantic frequently updates Pokemon GO map data with fresh Ingress info (and pictures).
What we know:
- Portal Recon (PR) is a review tool for portal submissions (invite only access) currently in beta for some countries.
- PR has already gotten us 9,000 new pokéstops (not bad given how small the current test area is)
- Agents love remote points of interest (PoI), rural will improve
- This is not the end. It is but the next step towards increased numbers of PoI everywhere.
Starting today, we will be opening Portal submission requests via the Ingress scanner for Level 8+ Agents in Brazil and Korea. Before submitting potential Portal candidates, please ensure that you familiarize yourself with the guidelines for high-quality Portals. Portal submissions will be analyzed in the Operation Portal Recon tool by our Beta-tester Ingress Agents. While not all Portal submissions will be accepted, your contributions will enable us to expand the Portal network in the future. As always, we appreciate the diligence and help provided by our Agents to help curate and expand the Portal Network.
For full details regarding high-quality Portal candidates, please review the following guidelines: https://support.ingress.com/hc/en-us/articles/207343987-Candidate-Portal-criteria
—The Ingress team