Wayland, Mass., January 4, 2008 – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Request For Quotations and Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals in response to requirements for the Empire Challenge 08 Pilot (EC08 OGC Pilot).

The EC08 OGC Pilot is sponsored by a US agency which will provide cost-sharing funds to offset expenses associated with the initiative. The sponsor and the OGC intend to involve as many participants in the initiative as possible and thus are soliciting proposals that will enhance and/or make use of the initiative outcomes. This RFQ/CFP is soliciting partners to provide and deploy hardware / software and to collaborate on the final technology design for the pilot network. Personnel without clearances will be able to install and maintain software on the network. Responses are due by January 24, 2008 and the Pilot Kickoff Meeting will be held the week of February 26-28, 2008, in the Washington, DC area. Technology deployments will be complete by June 22, 2008, followed by a four-week demonstration phase in July.

The EC08 OGC Pilot will examine the suitability and performance of OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) and OGC Web Services (OWS) standards for providing open management of and access to sensors of varied types and Web service access by analysts to the resulting data and products. Several use cases and supporting workflows are provided to enable understanding of the design of the pilot. The use cases involve both sensor management and exploitation by a targeting analyst.

The EC08 OGC Pilot RFQ/CFP documents can be downloaded from: http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/46.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 340 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. 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.”