UxS Command and Control IE

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UXE Command and control

Whether earthquake, flood or forest fire – all disasters have one thing in common: the entire infrastructure in the affected region no longer functions. In order to still get an overview and be able to help, unmanned vehicles or aircraft are used such as drones. They provide important images and data to launch rescue operations. 

So far, however, these devices cannot be controlled and evaluated centrally. This is because each provider operates its own device with its own reference system, which can only be controlled by it. Each system speaks its own language – but not with each other. That is about to change!

The goal is to control unmanned vehicles centrally and across providers and to create common standards for a command & control protocol. This will enable devices from different suppliers to be controlled centrally via a common control protocol. A standardized control protocol should enable them to communicate with each other in the future.

Participate in the initiative

The Open Geospatial Consortium OGC is conducting an Interoperability Experiment (IE) that will test the suitability of a Communication and Coordination Data Model for UxS in a real-world environment. The data model will be used in the multi-domain, multi-heterogeneity vehicle and will demonstrate and evaluate the exchange of command & control information.

The IE is based on the call for participation (HTML version, pdf version).

This IE is based on a data model developed by Kongsberg Geospatial and partners as part of the standards-based UxS Interoperability Testbed (SUIT). The IE will consider standards and specifications used in the SUIT work, as well as other command and control practices from the aviation community.



This IE is open to the public. Participants (OGC members) actively participate in the experiments according to the resource commitment. All OGC members can also register as observers. Individuals from non-OGC organizations can only participate in the IE as observers. 

Participants and observers join participants in the IE:

Fill the Observer Agreement for members or non-members to become an Observer.


This IE will be built on a data model developed by Kongsberg Geospatial and partners as part of the standards-based UxS Interoperability Testbed (SUIT). SUIT is a command and control application that is independent of the autopilot system and communication protocols. The typical commercial UxS have software interfaces that are proprietary, so a license must be purchased. The goal of SUIT is to provide a standardized model for command and control data (telemetry, mission data, other data proposed by participants) and interfaces that allow data to be exchanged with UxS.

Each experiment will be conducted considering multiple vehicles operating in the same area and in different domains. 

IE plans to conduct experiments on the following topics, among others:


Agriculture, Climate Change, Command and Cntrol, Drone, UAS, Unmanned Systems

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