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OGC and Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium to Collaborate

August 26, 2010

The two entities will work together to advance the use of smart sensor systems for ocean research.

WAYLAND, MA--(Marketwire) -- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium (SOSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance sensor observing systems for the oceans community.

Under the agreement the two organizations will participate in joint outreach and marketing activities to raise awareness and interest in smart sensor systems and Sensor Web Enablement. The organizations' first cooperative activity will focus on the Monterey Bay Research Institute's (MBARI) PUCK protocol for hydrographic sensor configuration. The PUCK protocol specification has been submitted to the OGC as a candidate standard.

"This agreement is a natural outcome of the active role that the ocean observing community has played in the OGC in recent years," explained Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC. "We look forward to an ongoing dialog with the ocean sensor manufacturers and users represented by the SOSC as they tackle a range of ocean-related interoperability issues in activities such as climate research, meteorology, disaster management, resource management, and navigation."

According to Neil Cater, Chair of the SOSC, "Collecting ocean data can be expensive and challenging. Smart ocean sensors will reduce cost and effort and offer greater value to the end user. The agreement between OGC and the Smart Ocean Sensors Consortium is an important step in establishing a new class of interoperable plug and work sensors."

About the SOSC
SOSC, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009, is a group of manufacturers and users dedicated to improving the reliability, utility and cost-effectiveness of hydrographic sensor networks through the adoption, development, and promotion of appropriate standard interfaces and protocols.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.

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