OGC Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions Becomes OGC Strategic Member

Mark Reichardt Executive Director, Marketing and Public Sector Programs Open GIS Consortium, Inc tel: +1-301-840-1361 mreichardt@opengeospatial.org
Monday, 13 May 2002 UTC
Wayland, MA, May 13, 2002 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced today that Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions, a business division of Intergraph Corporation, has upgraded its OGC membership to the Strategic level - the Consortium's highest level of membership. Intergraph's longstanding support of OGC, coupled with this new membership level affirms its strong commitment to geospatial interoperability. Intergraph will engage in strategic planning as a member of both the OGC Planning Committee and as a member of the newly formed OGC Strategic Advisory Committee. The company will continue to participate in OGC Technical Committee programs to collaboratively define and approve spatial interface specifications that support interoperability. Intergraph believes that OGC initiatives enable Intergraph to bring new innovations to its users and to the GIS industry at large. As part of their Strategic Membership agreement, Intergraph will be dedicating a staff resource to the OGC program to focus on advancing interoperability in the area of Critical Infrastructure Protection. Mr. George Desrochers of Intergraph will play a significant leadership role in the Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, which is set to commence in the next few weeks. Intergraph has been a major participant in numerous Interoperability Program Initiatives including Open Location Services (via its IntelliWhere™ Division) and Web Mapping Testbeds. Intergraph personnel have also participated in specification development teams including the Catalog Services Specification. "Intergraph's membership in OGC coincides with our commitment to provide open, extensible geospatial technology for mapping, GIS, and IT professionals in the global industries we serve," said Preetha Pulusani, president of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions and a member of the OGC board of directors. "Making the investment to become an OGC strategic member is a natural next step for our company and our strategic direction. We are especially excited about working with the OGC to explore new interoperability initiatives to realize true 'open' collaboration and communication among various sectors of the geospatial community." OGC President David Schell commented, "Intergraph is a founding member of OGC and one of our earliest supporters. The company's longstanding support has helped to advance interoperability through our Consortium processes. We are confident that Intergraph, in its new role, will help take geospatial interoperability to a new level. We look forward to the contributions of Mr. Desrochers in helping the team to advance the interoperability needs of the global community." OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 230 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web and mainstream IT, and empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org . Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions brings together geospatial and information technology to help customers achieve their business goals. A technology innovator with more than 30 years of market leadership, Intergraph serves government agencies and commercial enterprises worldwide with end-to-end geospatial solutions for cartography and map production and enterprise wide mapping and GIS. The company provides superior customer support and services ranging from project implementation to production. Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions is a division of Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), Huntsville, Ala., and does business in more than 60 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and global distributor and partner network. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com/imgs . -- end --