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Global Interoperability Consortium To Demonstrate Unique Use Of Cloud Computing For The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) has awarded $350,000 to the Cycle One team led by NJVC and members including Boeing, The Aerospace Corporation and Open Geospatial Consortium. Together they will create a cloud infrastructure to support a concept proposed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA): namely, can cloud computing deliver services to non-traditional NGA users?

The project is designed to demonstrate the interoperability and movement of data in an open-cloud-based demonstration. NGA will provide unclassified data that supports a scenario depicting the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. NCOIC's foundational model is based on a series of successful lab interoperability demonstrations, also based on Haiti, it conducted four times during 2010.

While one commercial cloud served as a data-transport vehicle during the 2010 lab demonstrations, the NGA work would put a number of clouds in the center of the action, thereby enabling the ever-expanding population of global cloud users, including emergency responders, to post their "eyewitness" views of what's happening where they are.

The effort will unfold in two cycles. Cycle One is a three-to-four month effort to define and build the cloud infrastructure, with the Cycle One team leading and implementing the effort. The NCOIC develops contract capabilities with its entire membership providing guiding principles based on the "voice of industry" consensus process. Cycle Two will commence with additional contractual efforts, when the Cycle One work is completed.

Cycle Two will bring in the "actors." Actors will be member companies plugging into the cloud and using the geospatial data to activate unique, sometimes proprietary, applications that demonstrate end-user capabilities. An example of potential end-user capability could be rescue workers, firefighters, hospital personnel or even bankers trying to reconstitute a financial system. Member companies' imaginations will determine the selection of actors.

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