21 November 2016.  The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is inviting members and the public to attend the OGC Testbed 12 demonstration and exposition of the technology developed during its latest Interoperability Program initiative on 29 November 2016 at the USGS in Reston, Virginia.

The Testbed 12 sponsors – DigitalGlobe, Inc., European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – outlined specific interoperability problems across the areas of Aviation, Command Centers, Compliance, Consolidation, Field Operations, Large-Scale Analytics, and Linked Data & Advanced Semantics for Data Discovery & Dynamic Integration.

Geospatial technology leaders from 30 participating member organizations came together to prototype solutions to the sponsors' interoperability requirements, using existing OGC standards, as well as new candidate standards introduced or developed specifically for the testbed.

The event will showcase the results starting with an hour-long demonstration of some of the technologies developed during Testbed 12. Led by Dr Luis Bermudez and George Percivall of OGC Staff, the demonstration will show how these new standards-based technologies could be used to improve the response to a hypothetical earthquake and forest fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The demo will be followed by an exposition where attendees can see prototypes and meet with Testbed 12 participants to ask questions about testbed activities and the technologies they developed. Finally, there will be an in-depth technical discussion lead by Dr Ingo Simonis of OGC Staff and targeted towards developers, engineers, and system designers.

“The use of open standards is an essential component in enabling interdisciplinary use of NASA's extensive collection of Earth observation data,” said Jeff Walter, Science Data Services Lead at NASA Langley Research Center. “The OGC testbeds provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate and advance the OGC standards that help provide access to NASA data for the geospatial community.”

“The testbed program has proven invaluable in bringing key industry, academia, and government players together to refine and demonstrate working examples of new formats, frameworks, and standards,” said Jeff Robertson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at DigitalGlobe. “We currently employ various OGC standards, which greatly simplify data access and interpretation for our customers. We look forward to continuing our partnership with OGC as we further industry standards and improve the accessibility of geospatial data.”

Highlights of the demonstration and exposition will include:

  • Improved search and discovery of datasets in a catalogue, including a semantic graph-like struct
  • New capabilities for time-varying web map tile services, including for visualisation and analysis, across a web map tile service.
  • Improvements to the ability to better assess the quality of coverages, in terms of image and data quality alike.
  • Adding asynchronous publish/subscribe capabilities to the OGC Catalog Service for the Web (CSW) standard.
  • Integration of vector tiles into a raster tile service, including the ability to package both raster and vector tiles into a geopackage for field deployment.
  • Off-road routing that takes into account vehicle capabilities across different terrain and vegetation types.
  • Tools for validation and testing of services and encodings in secure environments, plus testing of community profiles.
  • …and much more!

OGC testbed demonstrations give a ‘first look' at the latest developments coming from the OGC, and allow members and the public alike to experience cutting edge technology in action to better understand how it can benefit their business or operation.

For more information on the Testbed 12 Demonstration and Exposition, including registration details, please visit: https://portal.ogc.org/public_ogc/register/t12demo.php

About the OGC Interoperability Program

The OGC Interoperability Program provides global, hands-on, collaborative prototyping for rapid development and delivery of proven candidate specifications to the OGC Standards Program, where these candidates can then be considered for further action. In Interoperability Program initiatives, participants team together to solve specific geo-processing interoperability problems posed by the initiative's Sponsors. These initiatives include testbeds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments, and interoperability support services – all designed to encourage rapid development, testing, validation and adoption of open, consensus-based standards. More information on the The OGC Interoperability Program, including its policies and procedures, can be found at http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/policies/ippp.

About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC 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 www.opengeospatial.org.