The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has launched a new working group on urban planning. The Urban Planning Domain Working Group (SWG) has been chartered to "define the role for OGC standards and related activities within the Urban Planning discipline and to provide an open forum for the discussion and presentation of interoperability requirements, use cases, pilots, and implementations of OGC standards in this domain," as OGC points out in a recent press release.
The Working Group will look at issues and trends such as Augmented Reality (AR), Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Sensor Webs, the Internet of Things (IoT), LBS (Location Based Services), Facilities Management, navigation (indoor and outdoor) and “Big Data” Analytics.
OGC considers these issues highly important as "in all of those technology domains, open standards can facilitate the development, publication, discovery, assessment, analysis, portrayal and use of information.
OGC is international consortium of more than 475 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities.