[OGC Press Release] OGC Demos Results of OGC Web Services Test bed

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Dec 21 14:55:24 EST 2006

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


Jersey City, NJ, December 21, 2006 – On December 7 and 8 at an
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the New York/New Jersey
metropolitan area, members of the Open Geospatial Consortium Inc.
(OGC) demonstrated systems with open interfaces supporting an
emergency response to a hypothetical 'dirty bomb' incident. The
demonstration showed the results of the OGC's fourth successful OGC
Web Services test bed activity (OWS-4). The audience consisted mainly
of high level decision makers involved in disaster management.

The objective of OWS-4, which began in June, 2006, was to
collaboratively demonstrate and extend a set of OGC specifications and
show their value in providing access to multiple sources of geospatial
information in decision support activities. 

In the test bed scenario, a dirty bomb explodes at a wharf in the New
York City area, causing injuries and a plume of dangerous
radioactivity. Emergency managers and first responders use a variety
of Web-based geospatial information systems to help manage
evacuations, find a building suitable to contain an emergency
decontamination and hospital unit, and track victims. The scenario is
fictional, but the Web-based systems demonstrated live at the demo
event were mainly commercial off-the-shelf systems employing the OGC's
open specifications for geospatial interfaces and encodings. Many of
these open standards have been adopted by the OGC membership as
OpenGIS® Specifications and are already in wide use in geospatial
products. Others are working prototypes of new specifications that
have not yet been adopted.

The range of technologies and activities employing OGC approved or
draft specifications included: sensor webs; building information
models (BIMs) that integrate CAD, GIS and other information about
buildings and structures; control of NASA earth imaging satellites;
access to a wide variety of Web resident raster and vector geodata and
geoprocessing services; geospatial digital rights management (GeoDRM);
location services; and service chaining in decision support workflows.
In many of the use cases, it was necessary to put these technologies
in the service of people who have little or no knowledge of the
technologies. OWS-4 also extended the OGC compliance testing program.

OWS-4 was an Interoperability Initiative in the OGC Interoperability
Program, a global, innovative, collaborative, hands-on engineering and
testing program designed to deliver proven, tested specifications into
the OGC Specification Development Program. OGC Interoperability
Initiatives include test beds, pilot projects and interoperability

The OGC plans to launch and manage a fifth OWS test bed activity in
2007. Contact George Percivall at gpercivall at opengeospatial.org 
for details.

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 335
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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