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Open GeoSMS Standards Working Group (SWG)

OGC Forms GeoSMS Standards Working Group

Wayland, Massachusetts, USA. July 20, 2010.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of an Open GeoSMS Standards Working Group (SWG). The Open GeoSMS SWG will advance the OGC Candidate Open GeoSMS Standard as an OGC adopted standard. The GeoSMS candidate standard is currently an OGC Discussion Paper.

The candidate Open GeoSMS standard defines a short messaging service (SMS) encoding to exchange lightweight location information between different mobile devices or applications. Currently such devices or applications are often unable to share location information with each other because of technical incompatibilities between systems used by different device and platform vendors. This causes problems for users and imposes obstacles to industry growth.

The GeoSMS encoding for location is compatible with other OGC standards, such as those for sensor webs and earth imaging. It is also compatible with standards such as the OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard and the IETF RFC Presence Information Data Format Location Object (PIDF-LO). The OGC works with OASIS, IETF and many other standards development organizations to make geospatial information and services an integral and fluid part of the world's information infrastructure.

The scope of the candidate standard is to define the exchangeable SMS format to exchange GPS information for different LBS devices or applications. The SWG will ensure that the standard is consistent with the OGC baseline and business plan.

Open GeoSMS Standards Working Group (SWG) Charter Members

Kuo-Yu Chuang (Convenor), Industrial Technology Research Institute
Mike Botts, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Nobuhiro Ishimaru, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
Lan-Kun Chung, GIS Center, Feng Chia University
Roland Wagner, Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin

About the OGC Open GeoSMS Specification

From the OGC 09-142r1 Discussion Paper: "The purpose for the Open GeoSMS specification is to facilitate the communication among different LBS devices or applications. Open GeoSMS is designed to be used by Short Message System (SMS) applications on mobile phones or on Personal Navigation Devices (PND) capable of handling SMS. The reason for proposing Open GeoSMS is because Location Based Service (LBS) devices or applications of different brands or from different vendors are often unable to share LBS information with each other and this causes a potential barrier to LBS industry development.

In order to solve this problem in a simple way and without causing too many effort or cost, SMS is the best choice. The convenience of SMS is that user only needs to send SMS in text which follows the Open GeoSMS standard format, and then it's ready to be used. There is no need to change the infrastructure or existing systems. This means they can save money, time, and human resource when using Open GeoSMS. Therefore, two different types of machine from two different companies running in two different systems can communicate using the Open GeoSMS specification. [...]

Scenario 1: Mary and Jenny are traveling in Taiwan on vacation. They are planning to split up for two different site-seeing locations. In the afternoon, Mary would like to know where Jenny is and meet her earlier than they had originally planned for dinner. As a result, Mary sends a location query SMS to Jenny instead of making a phone call with a very expensive roaming cost. This query SMS is in Open GeoSMS format and automatically composed by smart phone application as follows... Jenny got Mary's query and the smart phone application pops up the confirmation for asking if she wants to reply with her her location to this request. Without calling Mary, Jenny replies the query with smart phone application which detects her location automatically...

Scenario 2: Sam has a flat tire in near an unknown village. It is hard for him to describe where he is and call for towing service. Luckily, he installed a service application on his phone and it sends out his location directly to call center. The Open GeoSMS [is as follows]... Sam gets a confirmation call immediately from his insurance company and the towing car arrived in time before it is getting dark.

Scenario 3: There is debris flow monitoring system with OGC SWE3 standards which notifies people while the rainfall exceeds the alert level. Joseph subscribed the alert service which is monitoring the river by her parents' house. During a hurricane that hits his home town, he gets an Open GeoSMS message alerting him when rainfall exceeds the red-alert level. With a pop-up map on his smart phone, Joseph quickly understands which part of river is dangerous and makes an urgent call to his parents. The delivered Open GeoSMS [is as follows]... [cache]

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at:


Lance McKee
Senior Staff Writer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Tel: +1-508-655-5858

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