OGC's OWS-9 Testbed 2012 Demonstration

Register here for the January 15 2012 OWS-9 Testbed Demonstration. Learn more about OWS-10 here.

The not-for-profit Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is the only international organization that brings industry players together to help organizations manage risks and difficulties that relate to communication about real-world location and mobility. The OGC combines rapid prototyping, standards development, coordination with other standards organizations, and aggressive standards marketing to address users' challenging integration problems. Organizations that use geospatial technology join the OGC to improve the interoperability and agility of their enterprise system solutions and future technology procurements.

Over the last 18 years, the OGC's private sector, government and academic members have developed a unique and proven process that saves everyone time and money while creating new business opportunities and driving innovation. The Interoperability Program includes plugfests, pilots and our annual OGC Web Services (OWS) testbed.  

In the OGC Interoperability Program, organizations collaborate to:

  • Reduce technology risk by aligning vendors to produce standards and best practices to address interoperability challenges. Vendors are motivated to develop these standards with their own resources.
  • Expand the market and improve choice by encouraging industry adoption of new standards and best practices, ensuring market availability of interoperable solutions 
  • Mobilize new technologies by facilitating broad industry influence and early adoption of newly available standards 
  • Reduce lifecycle costs by reducing or eliminating the need for custom integration


    FAA and EUROCONTROL use OGC to build global interoperability

    On the initiative of EUROCONTROL and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the OGC Interoperability Program's annual OGC Web Services (OWS) testbed activity has included an “Aviation Thread” since 2007.  These sponsors have engaged a wide variety of private sector participants to develop and demonstrate the successful use of OGC standards and best practices for rapid, flexible on-demand access to the critically important Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) and Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM).  A recent FAA procurement document states:

     “Services of the NNEW System and the 4-D Wx Data Cube will be developed in accordance with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards.”

    The NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) is part of the FAA’s contribution to the US interagency 4-Dimensional Weather Data Cube (4-D Wx Data Cube), an infrastructure that will enable common, universal access to aviation weather data. Through the OGC, the FAA and Eurocontrol have contributed to a future in which countless users in the aviation domain and other domains contain costs and maximize their systems' agility and resilience.


    Sharing costs and enlisting vendor support brings sponsors a tremendous return on investment: OWS-9 sponsorship totaled $2.65 million USD and attracted an in-kind contribution of 2 times that amount. The nine OWS-9 sponsors from the US, Canada and Europe who shared the costs and contributed the requirements have missions ranging from environmental management and civil government mapping to maintaining common operating pictures in disaster zones and battlefields. Working on specific interoperability problems detailed in the sponsors' use cases and scenarios, the 45 industry participants in OWS-9 have delivered extraordinary value:

    • Aviation: The Aviation world gets modern, web-accessible Aeronautical Information Services that can adapt as technology changes.
    • Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI): Communities sharing spatial data get a better location search capability, improved ability to track data's origins, real-time fusion of data from multiple sensors, and a standard for a Global Gazetteer capable of real-time translation of spatial semantics to match, for example, "dead end street" with "cul-de-sac."
    • Security and Services Interoperability (SSI): Communities sharing spatial data get recommendations for Security Management, a way to automate the creation of implementable data schemas from abstract models, easier use of OGC Web Services, methods for more efficient design of architectures, and a standard that helps users manage large spatial databases that are being edited by intermittently-connected mobile device users.
    • OGC Web Services (OWS) innovations: For everyone, new OGC compliance tests and improved interoperability for mobile device apps that use OGC standards in providing location services. 


    Would you like to attend the OWS-9 Demo? Are you thinking of participating in OWS-10?

    Mark your calendars now!

    Attend the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Redlands, California 14-18 January 2012. Be there to witness firsthand the OWS-9 Demonstration on 15 January and see the capabilities, results and value of the OGC’s collaborative testbed process. Register here.

    Learn more about OWS-10 here.

    The business risks associated with the use, operation, influence and adoption of spatial information technologies within enterprises will be reduced in 2013 by industry's implementations of the interoperability standards proven in OWS-9. Furthermore, OGC standards will directly improve collaboration between enterprises across government and industry throughout the world.