Open Location Services Testbed, Phase 1.1

The OpenLS Testbed was sponsored by Hutchison 3G UK, Sun Microsystems, In-Q-Tel, ESRI with SignalSoft, and Oracle with Webraska.

This testbed yielded Interoperability Program Reports (IPRs) that have become approved OpenGIS® Specifications in support of interoperable Location Based Services to be made available through mobile terminals. The OpenLS Testbed ended with a successful multi-vendor, specification-based mobile demonstration of these interfaces in action.

Hundreds of companies comprise the LBS market world-wide, but most of their interlinked LBS business opportunities await consistent communication of location and time, route, types of service, etc. across different providers, technology platforms, application domains, classes of products, and national regions. Markets will materialize when vendors can build a rich profusion of commercial brands and proprietary products and services on top of an integrated standards infrastructure. The OpenLS Testbed produced much of this standards infrastructure, including the primary deliverables, two OpenGIS Implementation Specifications and six Interoperability Program Reports. The specifications are titled:

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  • OpenGIS Location Services (OpenLS): Core Services [Parts 1-5]
  • OpenGIS Location Services (OpenLS): Navigation Service [Part 6]