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PCI Geomatics contributes key tools to the OGC demonstration

Richmond Hill, Ontario - August 30, 2005 – PCI Geomatics® is pleased to announce its involvement with the Open Geospatial Consortium Web Services (OWS) as applied to the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) architecture, which was demonstrated at a workshop at the International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium 2005 on July 24, 2005, in Seoul, Korea. The demonstration showed that Earth-observation data and services are now available through open-standard mechanisms, which are highlighted in the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation PlanReference Document. The geospatial community's development, adoption, and implementation of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) specifications provide a broad-based capability to implement GEOSS.

The OGC demonstration applied components with OWS interfaces in a damage-assessment scenario from the Andaman Sea tsunami of December 26, 2004. The scenario began with a client accessing a Common Alerting Protocol message from a server that implemented the OGC OpenGIS® Web Feature Service Specification. The client accessed layers of tsunami damage summaries that were provided by a server implementing the OpenGIS Web Map Service Specification.

Next, imagery was accessed from a spot-image server by way of an interface that implements the OpenGIS Web Coverage ServiceSpecification to see additional detailed damage from the tsunami. A chain of OWS services produced a value-added product. The European Space Agency (ESA) System-Support Environment managed the workflow by accessing the Spot-Image WCS and implementing the OpenGIS Web Coordinate Transformation Service® (WCTS) draft specification, provided by PCI Geomatics.

PCI Geomatics core technologies, through OCG Web Services, provided the demonstration with imagery processing services for WCTS coordinate transformation, file format conversion, image orthorectification, subsetting, and interpolation.

"PCI Geomatics demonstrated its leadership in OGC Web Services by providing a Web Coordinate Transformation Service. This Web service will serve as a core geospatial processing service in enterprise service oriented architectures,” said George Percivall , Executive Director of Interoperability Architecture at the OGC. “Having the flexibility to easily change geographic coordinate systems is vital to multi-source data integration."

The GEOSS demonstration was developed by OGC members, including: Boeing S&IS Mission Systems, DM Solutions Group, ESA (including Spacebelas contractor to ESA), George Mason University, Intergraph, NASA, PCI Geomatics, Raytheon, Spot Image, and the US Geological Survey.

"Clearly, the GOESS 10-year plan is supported by the ongoing efforts of the OGC community. Interoperability and standards are identified as one of the key activities to ensure the success of GEOSS. The OWS 1.2 live demonstration illustrated to the GOESS workshop attendees that the solution exists today," said Trevor Taylor , Director of Strategic Sales at PCI Geomatics.

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About PCI Geomatics

PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of image-centric geomatics software solutions. The PCI Geomatics flagship software, Geomatica, meets the growing demands of the remote sensing, GIS, cartography, and photogrammetry worlds. PCI Geomatics is celebrating the beginning of its third decade as an industry-leading geomatics solution provider, and has long been recognized for offering high-value geomatics software solutions, advanced algorithms, excellent customer assistance, and product support for the widest range of spatial data formats in the industry.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 280 companies, government agencies, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.


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