FREQUENTIS Supports Standardisation of OGC OWS-10 Web Coverage Service

Validating the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard used in the aviation community with weather data

- Vienna, Austria.

The global aviation community is moving forward on the adoption of an international framework of standards that enable communication in a net-centric, globally interoperable Air Transport System. This will improve air travel safety and operational efficiency. Location information is critical in all aviation activities, and geospatial standards from the OGC play an important role. With international traffic increase by factor two or three until 2025 the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and EUROCONTROL are the major stakeholder authorities in enhanced information management and as such the main sponsors of the OGC.

Frequentis responded to the 2013 call for sponsors by the OGC for the OGC testbed 10 interoperability initiative and was selected to support the mapping of the National Weather Services (NWS) Web Gridded Documentation Service (WGDS) functionality, models and operation parameters to elements of the OGC Web Coverage Services (WCS 2.0) model and the GML application schema for coverages. Frequentis identified potential problem areas and provided improvement concepts.

John Fort, CEO at Frequentis California states: “Frequentis has supported the OGC for many years. The OWS-10 effort is a win-win situation for both, OGC and Frequentis. OGC benefits from Frequentis’ experience in the management of weather information, and Frequentis by applying the outcome of the validation to enhance its smartWeather product with the new exchange models (IWXXM and WXXM) and the OGC Web Services standards (WFS, WMS, WCS)”.

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