OGC Press Releases

OGC announces Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety - an OGC Best Practice

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2015-02-11
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11 February 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that it has adopted the OGC Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety as an OGC Best Practice.

This OGC Best Practice provides guidance for law enforcement, civil security and public safety organizations developing applications from mobile to enterprise systems that require communication and data sharing between many, often geographically distributed organizations. The Best Practice defines a data model for encoding spatially enabled law enforcement and public safety data. The ability to easily and effectively share law enforcement and public safety data across jurisdictional and national boundaries is a critical international need. While there are numerous widely used and excellent national systems for sharing law enforcement data, there are currently no internationally agreed to standards for sharing spatially enabled law enforcement and public safety data. This OGC Best Practice represents a major step forward and provides an opportunity for many organizations to collaboratively define an international standard.

Since 1994, emergency and disaster planning, early warning, prevention, response and recovery have been the focus of many different geospatial standards efforts in the OGC. Hundreds of companies, government agencies, universities, research organizations other standards organizations have been involved. This OGC Best Practice reflects the wisdom gained through that ongoing work and also the commitment and expertise of OGC members whose recommendations reflect current trends in information technology.

Major Mohammed Saleh Al Mansoori Head of UAE MOI GIS Center for Security in Abu Dhabi Police GHQ said, "The development of The Unified Geo-Data Reference Mode (UGDRM) for LEAPS was the result of continuous work undertaken since 2010.The Technical development and efforts included various staff, experts and organizations. The UGDRM is a reference for organizations working in the Geospatial community and LEAPS."

“With as much as 90% of law enforcement and public safety data having location content, it's essential for fixed and mobile users to be able to easily share this data. As a provider of location-enabled information systems globally and as co-chair of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Domain Working Group, we see tremendous value in Abu Dhabi Police’s OGC approved best practice data model,” said Roger Mann, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solution's Managing Director - Middle East.

The OGC Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety is free and available online at http://docs.opengeospatial.org/bp/14-106/14-106.html.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact

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OGC and OMA to Exhibit Together at Mobile World Congress 2015

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2015-02-10
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10 February 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) today announced they will cooperate at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, March 2-5, 2015 in order to promote a unified message to the mobile community. Exhibiting in Hall 8.1, stand K52, members of OMA and the OGC will demonstrate how products and services enabled by standards developed at the two organizations have helped their companies achieve market success.

"For many developers, navigating the world of standards can be complicated and confusing. Partnerships such as the partnership between OMA and the OGC are critical to achieving global interoperability, not just in technology, but between standards development organisations," said Denise McKenzie, Head of Outreach at OGC. "Location Information and Mobile technology have a symbiotic relationship. OGC is here with OMA to help the mobile developer community understand the benefits of using open location standards."

OMA member companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Comverse, CSR, Friendly Technologies, HOP Ubiquitous, Mformation, Netcomm Wireless, Red Bend Software, Red Stone Sunshine, Smith Micro, Vuzix and Zelitron will present live demonstrations throughout the four days of the congress. In addition, OMA will premier their new OMA Developer Toolkit designed to give developers the tools they need to create innovative products and services based on OMA specifications and APIs.

OGC member companies such as MetOffice, Ordnance Survey and Compusult will be demonstrating their products and use of the standards across the 4 days. There will also be opportunity to meet the international experts on the OGC's new ARML2.0 and SensorThings standards.

"Open standards have always been and will continue to be critical for the efficient deployment of interoperable products and services," said Gary K. Jones, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Open Mobile Alliance. "OGC and OMA are here at Mobile World Congress to illustrate how we deliver programs which support our member companies and the entire wireless industry throughout the technology development process, from requirements to standardization to implementation."

The combined OMA and OGC stand will be located at Hall 8.1 K52 between isles J and K just around the corner from the popular App Lounge and Damm Bar. Visitors are welcome to browse the OMA and OGC demos throughout the congress. To arrange for private meetings, contact Denise McKenzie at the OGC at dmckenzie@opengeospatial.org or Elizabeth Rose at OMA at erose@omaorg.org.

About Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

OMA is the wireless industry’s focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications, which support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. From requirements to specifications to implementations, OMA enables service architectures and open interfaces that are independent of the underlying wireless networks and platforms and that work across devices, service providers, networks, and geographies. More information at www.openmobilealliance.org.

About Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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Carl Reed to retire as OGC's CTO and Executive Director Standards Program

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2015-02-09
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9 February 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that on January 31 Carl Reed retired from his position as CTO and Executive Director Standards Program at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Scott Simmons will assume the role of Executive Director, Standards Program and George Percivall, OGC Chief Engineer, will assume the role of CTO.

"Dr. Reed has been a leading figure in the geospatial industry for decades, and he was a strong proponent of open standards-based interoperability before the OGC’s formation in 1994," said Mark Reichardt, OGC's president and CEO. "We at OGC have been extremely fortunate that Carl decided to join OGC staff in 2001. Through his leadership, extensive technical insight, community experience and superb facilitation skills he contributed tremendously to the success of OGC's global consensus standards process. He also helped establish important and pervasive alliances between the OGC and other leading Standards Development Organizations to assure consistent handling of location across the standards stack. We wholeheartedly welcome his desire to continue his involvement as an OGC member."

Dr. Reed's career in the geospatial industry began in 1969 with his coding of the first interactive mapping program in BASIC. In 1978 he finished the first version of the seminal MOSS vector Geographic Information System (GIS) for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, software that advanced technology still in use around the world. Dr. Reed led the development of the DeltaMap GIS and founded Delta Systems in 1986, which merged with Genasys II in 1989. While president of Genasys Americas, Dr. Reed was instrumental in the industry meetings and prototyping work that led to OGC's founding in 1994. Dr. Reed was voted one of the top 10 most influential people in GIS in 1996. Recognizing the importance of providing a spatial foundation for the Web, he joined the OGC as CTO and Executive Director of the Standards Program in 2001. Through his leadership of the OGC standards process and his generous sharing of geospatial expertise with other standards organizations he has played a critical role in making the world’s geospatial information discoverable, shareable and useable. In 2009 Directions Media named him one of the top 10 people in the geospatial industry and in that year he was also inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame. In 2014 he received Geospatial World's Lifetime Achievement award.

Dr. Reed will continue to work with OGC members and the OGC to further the vision and mission of the OGC and to help educate the community on how incorporating OGC standards into business processes and technology enhances value and protects investments.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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