Empire Challenge Pilot
The Empire Challenge Pilot will begin as a concept development initiative designed to illustrate to NGA and organizations participating in Empire Challenge the value of 1) adopting OGC and other open standards to improve plug and play interoperability to meet mission needs and 2) engaging OGC industry collaborative programs to further enable the Empire Challenge ACTD activity to help mobilize needed capability. This initiative will provide specific recommendations for leveraging OGC and complimentary standards based capabilities and collaborative industry standards processes in future Empire Challenge ACTD spirals. The EC Pilot Concept Development is designed to:
- Increase EC participant awareness of and commitment to EC the use of open standards-based solutions including those of the OGC
- Expand EC access to OGC standards based technology offerings available from industry, and
- Provide NGA and EC participants with impartial "white hat" resource to formulate and communicate a target Empire Challenge standards architecture as guidance for future EC spirals
- Develop a Concept Architecture for an OGC Pilot Initiative that would deliver demonstration capability for EC'08.
The deliverables of this initiative will aid in illustrating the value of applying consistent policy and architectural guidance on the use of open standards to significantly enhance the ability of the D&I community to rapidly improve interoperability of legacy systems, and rapidly insert new technologies, as they are needed.
Eleven companies submitted 12 proposals. Negotiations were opened with most of those companies and the project kickoff meeting was held February 26-28. Seven companies opted to participate, including Botts Innovative Research Inc. of Madison, AL; Compusult Limited of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) of Redlands, CA; ERDAS, Inc. of Norcross, GA; Lockheed Martin of Vienna, VA; Object FX Corporation of Minneapolis, MN, and Northrop Grumman TASC of Chantilly, VA are participating directly. Vightel Corporation of Ellicott City, MD, is participating in concert with TASC, and the Penn State University Electro Optical Center of State College, PA is participating in concert with ERDAS.
Hardware and software will be deployed the last week of June and the demonstration itself runs from 7 July to 1 August.