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OGC Testbed-18 Call For Sponsors: Collaborate and Innovate to Further Advance Location Technologies

By Eric Van Rees - 6th August 2021 - 17:45

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is currently preparing its next major Innovation Initiative, Testbed-18, which builds upon the success and outcomes of Testbed-16, Testbed-17, and other IP initiatives. OGC is now inviting any potential sponsor organizations to bring forward their technology integration and other technological challenges.

Responses are due by September 15, 2021.

Challenges put forth by sponsoring organizations will be refined and mapped to a set of work items that OGC member organizations will apply to solve. The OGC Innovation Program team, together with the sponsors, will then select the most qualified organizations to join Testbed-18 and help solve these challenges.

In a collaborative effort, all Testbed participants, sponsors, and the OGC team work together to stepwise increase Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) for geospatial IT solutions, including software architecture, interface design, information & data models, and related standards and specifications. Testbed participants follow a rapid prototyping approach to design, develop, and test solutions to sponsors’ location-related challenges.

OGC’s annual Testbeds are the Consortium’s largest Innovation Program (IP) initiatives. Testbeds boost research and development to make location data and information more FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Testbeds provide a unique opportunity for sponsors to tackle location data and processing challenges together with the world’s leading geospatial IT experts. Solutions developed in OGC Testbeds have gone on to form standards and technologies that now play critical roles in numerous domains across the world.

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