Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Takes Principal Membership in the OGC

Sam Bacharach Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc tel: +1-703-352-3938 sbacharach@opengeospatial.org
Thursday, 11 October 2007 UTC

Wayland, MA, October 11, 2007. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (http://www.opengeospatial.org) announced that Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging has increased its level of membership in the OGC to become a Principal Member.

Principal Members have authority over the development, release and adoption of OpenGIS® Specifications through their voting rights in the OGC Planning Committee (PC). Principal Members also evaluate and provide guidance on market direction and Consortium focus, have approval authority for OGC policies and procedures, and vote to elect members of the OGC Board of Directors.

In line with its commitment to provide and support standards-based geospatial data management solutions, Leica Geosystems recently acquired Acquis, ER Mapper and IONIC. IONIC has been active for many years in the OGC Technical Committee, Planning Committee, Architecture Board, and Board of Directors.

Mark Reichardt, President, OGC, said "Leica Geosystems' move to Principal Membership in the OGC makes sense in terms of maximizing the potential for synergy in their acquisition of IONIC, ER Mapper and Acquis. The IONIC team based their platform on OGC standards, and the combined company's expanded commitment to the Consortium indicates a continuation of this forward-looking strategy."

Bob Morris, President & CEO, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, said, "Leica Geosystems' recent acquisitions enable us to provide a comprehensive portfolio of integrated geospatial solutions to meet a broad spectrum of customer needs in today's enterprise environment. We are firmly committed to the OGC interoperability vision and look forward to increased involvement in the Consortium."

About Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging provides a broad array of photogrammetry and remote sensing software solutions to help geospatial professionals capture data efficiently, reference imagery accurately, measure and analyze data easily and present spatial information, even in 3D. Those who use Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging products every day trust them for their precision, their seamless integration, and their superior customer support. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden. For more information about Leica or its products and services, call +1 770 776 3400, toll free +1 866 534 2286, or visit www.gi.leica-geosystems.com

About The Open Geospatial Consortium

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 350 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.