Tuesday, September 16, 2008

World's Most Powerful OGC SDI Security Framework Demonstrated

A Secure SDI WFS controls access to GML over Galveston in this test

The Carbon Project in collaboration with CubeWerx announces the first demonstration of the world’s most powerful security framework for Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). OGC SDI is a suite of standards used by government agencies around the world to promote digital geospatial data sharing and exploitation.

Secure SDI extensions for The Carbon Project’s CarbonArc PRO on ArcGIS desktop and the free Gaia 3.2 geospatial viewer were demonstrated to members of the Canadian and US governments. The extensions provide unprecedented feature-level security, role-based access control and security by geographic areas in coordination with distributed security frameworks from CubeWerx, a leading provider of spatial data warehousing and OGC-compliant Web services software products. CubeWerx provides a Secure SDI server product (CubeWerx IMS) that acts as a “gatekeeper” and allows access control to OGC SDI resources.

The use of CarbonArc PRO and Gaia through Secured SDI services answers one of the primary challenges in deploying real-world systems based on OGC standards – making sure critical geospatial information goes to the people who are supposed to have it.

Secure SDI provides unprecedented functionality including role-based access control, security by geographic area, feature-level security and security by OGC operations. The technology is an important advancement for the geospatial community and supports framework data, geoscience, climate change, cross-border, critical infrastructure and regulatory SDI.

Secure SDI is vital because OGC standards are strongly influencing development of the national and international SDIs, especially data access and collaborative production operations. But these efforts have reached the point where broad acceptance depends on securing online data resources including access control to OGC data services. These requirements will increase as simple data access transition into collaborative data management based on standards like the Web Feature Server-Transactional (WFS-T) from OGC.

CarbonArc PRO, Gaia and CubeWerx products have been selected by multiple government customers and have been featured in many recent interoperability demonstrations.

CarbonArc PRO and Gaia were developed with CarbonTools PRO, an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework allowing software developers to add advanced geospatial interoperability to any Microsoft Windows application.

The Carbon Project, Geosocial Networking, Secure SDI, CarbonTools, Gaia and CarbonArc are trademarks or registered trademarks of Carbon Project, Inc or CubeWerx Inc. OGC is a registered trademark of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their owners.

- Jeff


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