The Open Geospatial Consortium and TM Forum agree to jointly address location information issues in the telecommunications industry


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 UTC

23 October 2013. TM Forum and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) recently signed a liaison agreement to provide value for the members of each organization by connecting the OGC’s location standards framework and industry consensus process to TM Forum’s core competency programs, vertical industry initiatives, and Frameworx standards and best practices, which have been adopted by four out of five global service providers.

Mark Reichardt, president and CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium, explained, "Location and the communications infrastructure are linked in emergency management, cyber security, Building Information Models, transportation and many other domains. Given this reality, there are many areas in which TM Forum and the OGC can work together to advance our respective missions. Through this partnership we will seek to collaboratively advance standards-based best practices to further the location enablement of digital services to serve a wide range of stakeholders. Near term, we have many common interests and domain focus areas such as eHealth, the Smart Grid and Smart Cities, We look forward to working with TM Forum in all of these areas."

“With the digital economy growing at a staggering rate, this partnership is really about creating value for both of our organizations’ members by working together on the development and integration of location standards,” said Craig Bachmann, director, industry initiatives, TM Forum. “As we invest in smart grid, M2M and digital health initiatives, integrating location standards into Frameworx has become critical to our success.”

About the OGC: The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 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

About TM Forum:
With over 900 member companies, TM Forum is the largest global trade association focused on bringing together the digital ecosystem, including communication service providers, digital service providers and enterprises, with the goal of enabling an open digital world. The Forum delivers a wealth of knowledge and practical tools, including unique research, best practices and standards. Our members collaborate to rapidly solve business issues in critical areas, such as business process optimization, big data analytics, cloud management, customer experience management and security.

The Forum has four key roles—to Inform, Innovate, Accelerate and Optimize—and provides a neutral and open platform for collaboration between service providers, enterprises and their suppliers to overcome the barriers to an open digital economy. For more information about TM Forum, visit