US: Cloudant has joined the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium that serves as a forum for collaboration on the development of geospatial interoperability standards. By joining the OGC, Cloudant aims to integrate geospatial standards into the Cloudant NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS) so Web, mobile and proprietary app developers can more easily introduce new geospatial features and analytics into their applications.
OGC standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible to, and useful in, all kinds of applications.
“Cloudant”s membership in the OGC reflects the importance of geospatial information to application developers,” said Raj Singh, director of interoperability programs for OGC. “We share Cloudant”s vision of integrating geospatial technology and dynamic database queries and look forward to their contributions, both in our consortium and to the open-source community at large.”
“With the explosive rise in sensor data, machine-to-machine communications and mobile computing, geospatial data processing is extremely important to our customers,” said Alan Hoffman, Cloudant co-founder and chief product officer. “We”re excited to be working with the OGC to further enhance Cloudant”s geospatial capabilities and to ensure future compatibility with developing geo standards. From the very beginning, we designed the Cloudant database service to be highly distributed and location-aware, and our participation in the OGC advances that strategy.”