A popular American movie from the 2000’s, titled O Brother, Where Art Thou? features a scene where they describe the female lead’s suitor as “bona fide” – “Vernon here’s got a job. Vernon’s got prospects. He’s bona fide. What are you?” Bona fide means genuine and the real deal. ERDAS APOLLO 2016 is certainly bona fide, but now it is certified too – Certified OGC® Compliant.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a group of like-minded companies and government agencies that work together to establish and maintain publicly available geospatial interface standards. These standards enable geoprocessing technologies to interoperate or “plug and play.” Customers can be assured that OCG-compliant products can work together, regardless of the company that developed the product. We now have the rights to display the OGC-compliant logo for ERDAS APOLLO 2016.
At Hexagon Geospatial, our own Stan Tillman is quoted on the OGC website: “Achieving OGC certification is extremely important to us as an organization – we are proud to have more than 20 products compliant with OGC standards. Globally, OGC certification is a credential recognized when we approach new opportunities and business partners. Our customers also benefit by having our products easily integrate into an open environment, enabling them to implement the best solution across their enterprise.”
Certified products are rigorously tested against a set of OGC test suites that check for interoperability with WCS, WFS, WFS-T, and WMS web services. ERDAS APOLLO Advantage 2016 and ERDAS APOLLO Professional 2016 were certified in May 2016. Each release is considered a separate product and must be re-evaluated for certification. Some of Hexagon Geospatial’s products have been OGC compliant since 2009. Visit our Live Logo on the OGS website and see the other Hexagon Geospatial OGC-compliant products.
For ERDAS APOLLO Advantage and Professional 2016, we stood up a web service, logged onto the OGC certification site and ran standardized OGC tests for accuracy. We submitted our results to the OGC and they certified our products.
ERDAS APOLLO 2016 successfully passed the following OGC Compliance Tests:
- Catalog Service (CSW) 2.0.2
- Web Coverage Service (WCS) 1.0.0
- Web Feature Service (WFS) 1.1.0
- Web Feature Service Transactional (WFS-T) 1.1.0
- Web Map Service (WMS) 1.1.1
- Web Map Service (WMS) 1.3.0
At Hexagon Geospatial we are always striving to make our products faster, more reliable and more interoperable, aka bona fide. Being OGC compliant is one way we do this.