[OGC Press Release] OGC and Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium (SOSC) to collaborate

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Wed Aug 25 11:15:01 EDT 2010

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Lance McKee
Senior Staff Writer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
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25 August 2010.  The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and
the Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium (SOSC) have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to advance sensor observing systems for the oceans

Under the agreement the two organizations will participate in joint
outreach and marketing activities to raise awareness and interest in
smart sensor systems and Sensor Web Enablement. The organizations'
first cooperative activity will focus on the Monterey Bay Research
Institute's (MBARI) PUCK protocol for hydrographic sensor
configuration. The PUCK protocol specification has been submitted to
the OGC as a candidate standard.

"This agreement is a natural outcome of the active role that the ocean
observing community has played in the OGC in recent years," explained
Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC. "We look forward to an
ongoing dialog with the ocean sensor manufacturers and users
represented by the SOSC as they tackle a range of ocean-related
interoperability issues in activities such as climate research,
meteorology, disaster management, resource management, and

According to Neil Cater, Chair of the SOSC, "Collecting ocean data can
be expensive and challenging. Smart ocean sensors will reduce cost and
effort and offer greater value to the end user. The agreement between
OGC and the Smart Ocean Sensors Consortium is an important step in
establishing a new class of interoperable plug and work sensors."

About the SOSC

SOSC, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009, is a group of
manufacturers and users dedicated to improving the reliability,
utility and cost-effectiveness of hydrographic sensor networks through
the adoption, development, and promotion of appropriate standard
interfaces and protocols.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®)

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available geospatial standards. 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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