[OGC Press Release] OGC and COMCARE Announce Memorandum of Understanding

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Aug 5 10:18:15 EST 2005

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
sbacharach at opengeospatial.org


Wayland, MA, August 4, 2005 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
(OGC) and COMCARE, a national non-profit alliance dedicated to
advancing emergency response, signed a Memorandum of Understanding
setting the terms of an agreement to work together to define a program
of activities supporting the missions of both organizations.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for two organizations with
significantly overlapping missions to work together," said Mark
Reichardt, president of OGC. "Standards organizations need to
recognize where it is appropriate to collaborate and then actively
engage if they are to be effective."

COMCARE Managing Director, Judith Woodhall said, "The partnership
between COMCARE and OGC could not be timelier. We both believe in the
adoption of open standards to exchange information across
professional, jurisdictional, and geographic lines. OpenGIS®
specifications enable different technologies to share geographic data,
which is especially important to EPAD, since queries based on
geography will come from a variety of software systems."

An initial focus will be collaboration on the architecture for
COMCARE's Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD) in the context of
NEARS. NEARS is a cooperative effort to demonstrate and deploy
interoperable emergency data messaging. EPAD gives agencies the
ability to register to receive emergency messages based on their
geography, incident interest and agency type. This enables any
authorized official to send emergency messages in the most efficient
and effective way possible.

COMCARE promotes modern, interoperable emergency systems, and the
development of new procedures, training, and tools to maximize value
for emergency responders. COMCARE encourages cooperation across
professional, jurisdictional and geographic lines, and works to
integrate the emergency response professions, government, private
industry and the public. COMCARE's 100+ organizational members
represent the wide diversity of the emergency response community. For
more information visit http://www.comcare.org.

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 280
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGIS(R) Specifications support interoperable
solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based
services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology
developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible
and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at

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