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OGC joins international telecommunication union

US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has become a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T), following the decision of the ITU Council 2012 in July.

“OGC and ITU-T share a common commitment of improving the interoperability of ICTs through an open, consensus-based approach to the development of international standards,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU. “I am incredibly pleased to welcome the OGC to our membership ranks as I am certain that, just as within ITU-T’s JCA IoT, our shared goals will guide the collaboration required to realize the Internet of Things on a global scale.”

Mark Reichardt, President and CEO, OGC, said, “Collaboration between standards development organisations becomes increasingly important as information technology evolves. We are committed to providing focused, timely coordination between ITU and the OGC to maximise the value that derives from our global membership”s geospatial and location interoperability expertise. This formal arrangement will ensure that our collective work is coordinated and optimized for the global community of technology developers and users.”

There are many areas of common interest between ITU and OGC, such as location communication in the Internet of Things and location communication that uses Short Message Service (SMS). SMS is the open text communication service standard most commonly used in phone, web and mobile communication systems for the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices. The lightweight and easy to implement OGC Open GeoSMS Standard facilitates interoperability between mobile applications and the rapidly expanding world of geospatial applications and services that implement OGC standard interfaces, encodings and best practices.

Source: OGC