OGC Testbed-17

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has published the outcomes of 2021’s biggest research and development initiative, Testbed-17. The key outcomes, including detailed Engineering Reports, are freely available on the OGC Public Engineering Reports webpage. The following list provides an overview of all topics. If you like to get a first overview, please feel free to download the recording of the Testbed-17 results session given at the OGC Member Meeting in December 2021. Testbed-17 was organized into three thematic ‘Threads’ that conducted Research & Development (R&D) on the following cutting-edge geospatial technologies:

Thread 1: Advanced sensor integration for moving and static objects 

Thread 2: Geospatial Data Clouds and Model Driven Standards

Thread 3: Interoperability through APIs


All 16 Engineering Reports outlining the findings of the year-long research and development conducted by the Participants are now published and freely available to the public in both html and pdf format.


In a collaborative effort, all Testbed participants, sponsors, and the OGC team work together to stepwise increase Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) for geospatial IT solutions, including software architecture, interface design, information & data models, and related standards and specifications. Testbed participants follow a rapid prototyping approach to design, develop, and test solutions to sponsors’ location-related problems.

OGC’s annual Testbeds are the Consortium’s largest Innovation Program initiatives. Testbeds boost research and development to make location data and information more FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Testbeds provide a unique opportunity for sponsors to tackle location data and processing challenges together with the world’s leading geospatial IT experts. Solutions developed in OGC Testbeds have gone on to form standards and technologies that now play critical roles in numerous domains across the world. 


Among the organizations providing Testbed-17 sponsorship are the following OGC members:

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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European Space Agency (ESA)

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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

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US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM)

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US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

To learn about the benefits of sponsoring any OGC IP Initiative in general, visit the OGC Innovation Program webpage.

Call for Participation

Responses to the Call for Participation (CFP) were due in January. Copies of the CFP are available in HTML format and in PDF format.





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