Autodesk, Inc. design software and digital content company, announced the company has been recognized as a co-author of the proposed OpenGIS(R) Location Services (OpenLS(TM)) Implementation Specification by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). Once adopted by OGC members, the specification will define an XML-based standard for location service interfaces and help to standardize the development of such services as mapping, routing and point-of-interest directories. The Open GIS Consortium recently issued a request for comment on the specification with input due by May 19, 2003. The documentation is available at https://www.opengis.org/info/techno/request.htm.
The proposed OpenLS specification is the product of the OpenLS 1 testbed initiatives held between October 2001 and October 2002. The initiatives aimed to define and build the core location application services and information framework necessary for interoperable use of mobile devices, services and location-related data. Co-authors of the proposed specification include representatives of a number of leading companies such as Hutchison 3G, Oracle, and Navigation Technologies. Autodesk is a Principal Plus Member of the Open GIS Consortium and is active in a number of the organization’s initiatives including the specification and interoperability programs. Olivier Ricordel is Autodesk’s OGC representative and chairs the organization’s Infrastructure Management Working Group. Greg Roy of Autodesk Location Services contributed to the specification and is listed as the company’s co-author on the document itself.
Autodesk Location Services provides a complete solution that enables wireless carriers and operators to quickly and reliably offer location-based applications to their subscribers. The company’s offerings include a highly scaleable; open-standards based platform, market-ready applications, content integration and training, maintenance and on-going support.