The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that BAE SYSTEMS has renewed its Strategic Membership in OGC. Strategic Membership is the highest level of membership in OGC. BAE SYSTEMS joined OGC in 1995 and has been a Strategic Member of the Consortium since 2001. As a premier integrator for the geoprocessing and imagery communities and as a Strategic Member in OGC, BAE SYSTEMS plays a leading role in the development, understanding and implementation of OGC’s OpenGIS Specifications for interoperability interfaces. BAE SYSTEMS’ continuing commitment to OGC reflects the company’s understanding of their diverse clients’ needs for interoperable geoprocessing. BAE SYSTEMS is able to help organizations and communities of organizations address increasingly complex problems that involve sharing spatial data and processing resources. Decision support for critical infrastructure protection, for example, may require some users to remotely access multiple sophisticated image
processing servers while other users rely on real-time updates to simple maps on their Web-connected PDAs. These flows of data and instructions typically cross the boundaries of multiple proprietary software platforms, so interoperability interfaces are essential.
Under the terms of BAE SYSTEMS’ Strategic Membership the company’s Information Systems Sector provides, on loan to OGC, a senior technical program manager. Terry Idol serves full-time on OGC Staff as Deputy Director, Interoperability Program. His work focuses on the OGC Web Services (OWS) initiatives that are driving the future architecture of imagery and geospatial systems for government and industry. Mr. Arliss Whiteside, also a BAE SYSTEMS employee, continues to play an active role as the company’s Technical Committee representative to OGC. Arliss was presented OGC’s 2001 Gardels Award for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions in developing critical elements of OGC’s OpenGIS Specification program. BAE SYSTEMS Information Systems Sector employs more than 3,000 people and has played a leading role in developing, integrating, and supporting high-quality image exploitation and archiving systems for stereo photogrammetry and photointerpretation, and mapping, charting and geodesy applications. Other major business areas include highly automated systems for supporting the full spectrum of battle management, mission planning and force execution objectives. BAE SYSTEMS North America employs 22,000 people in the design, development, integration, manufacture and support of a wide range of advanced aerospace products and intelligent electronic systems for government and commercial customers.