Synaptitude Consulting, an international Information Technology consulting services company, and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to cooperate in promoting the use of open geospatial standards in Smart Grid software and services. The two organizations plan to leverage their strengths to enable Smart Grid stakeholders to make the best possible use of the Smart Grid's location information.

"Synaptitude will enable us to better understand the language and needs of the diverse Smart Grid communities, and help those communities understand their need for open geospatial standards," explained Mark Reichardt, president of OGC. "Our members have done a great job of providing the necessary technology. Synaptitude will help us bring these to a Smart Grid world that needs them." 

"The Smart Grid by definition has geospatial information at its core," said Eric Nelson, managing principal at Synaptitude who leads their utilities work. "OGC's open geospatial information interoperability messaging standards can be a key enabler of the Smart Grid's real-time location-based messaging layer."   

An OGC Smart Grid Ad Hoc meeting, “Geospatial Standards for the Smart Grid”, will be held Tuesday, March 20, 8-10 a.m. as part of the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The public is invited. The OGC Smart Grid Ad Hoc meeting is free, but registration is required (register at opengeospatial.org). 

The OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard is included in the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) "Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability, v1.0," and is included as a spatial encoding in OASIS Energy Market Information Exchange (eMIX) and EnergyInterop standards documents. However, the
Smart Grid standards framework involves the participation of many different standards organizations, and much work remains to be done to ensure transparent communication of location and geospatial queries and responses across the Smart Grid universe.