GIS for Location-Based Services

Organizations and Standards

Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association

Proud Member of CTIAFounded in 1984, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) is the voice of the wireless industry, representing its members in a constant dialog with policy makers in the executive branch, in the Federal Communications Commission, and in Congress. CTIA's industry committees provide leadership in the area of taxation, roaming, safety, regulations, fraud, and technology.

Esri is a CTIA associate member, providing geospatial software, commercial Web services, and consulting engineering services to wireless carriers and wireless developers.

Java Community Process

JCP member logoSince its introduction in 1998 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process (JCP) program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. Esri is an active member of JCP and works closely with both JCP and Sun Microsystems to define and integrate the relevant technology recommendations into Esri products and solutions.

Open Geospatial Consortium

OGCEsri fully encompasses Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), specifications and standards as well as comprehensive IT standards such as those related to ISO, W3C, ANSI, CEN, and many other leading de facto industry standards. This includes adherence to and leadership work in areas such as XML, SOAP, SQL, and so on.

Esri's goal is to support appropriate specifications as they become finalized and to participate in the development of GIS standards via active participation in ISO and OGC. By serving in leadership roles in many of the programs and specification efforts of both the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 211 committees and the OGC initiatives, Esri is able to contribute knowledge in interoperability and ensure the realization of standards compliance in Esri software products.

Esri is a principal member of OGC and active in the organization including its Board of Directors and Planning and Technical Committees. Esri staff participation in OCG programs, test beds, pilot projects, and specification initiatives includes

  • Standards, Interoperability, and Community Outreach and Adoption Programs
  • OGC Working Groups
  • Open Location Services (OpenLS) Initiative and OGC Simple Features Specifications
  • ISO TC 211 for Geographic Information and Geomatics Standards Development
  • ISO 19115—Metadata

Parlay Group

The Parlay GroupThe Parlay Group aims to intimately link IT applications with the capabilities of the telecommunications world by specifying and promoting application programming interfaces (APIs) that are secure, easy to use, rich in functionality, and based on open standards. Parlay integrates telecommunications network capabilities with IT applications via a secure, measured, and billable interface. Enabled by Parlay's network-independent APIs, applications are generating new revenue streams for network operators, application service providers (ASPs), and independent software vendors (ISVs).

As an associate member of Parlay, Esri is focused on encouraging mobile operators to embrace Parlay-X standards and business philosophies to reach a larger geospatial community of users and developers.

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