Botts Innovative Research, Inc (Botts-Inc) specializes in the design and application of open standards for sensor systems within the intelligence, defense, and scientific communities.



Subject Matter Expertise

Dr. Botts and the team at Botts-Inc have been instrumental in the design, development, and demonstration of OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standard encodings and web services. Dr. Botts is the creator and chief architect of the Sensor Model Language (SensorML) and, as the Chair of the SWE Working Group at OGC since 2002, has been heavily involved in all standards within the SWE framework. The team has over 14 years of experience in implementing and demonstrating both server-side and client-side capabilities for describing, discovering, and tasking of sensors, for publishing alert, displaying and acting on alerts, and for streaming, portraying, processing, and fusion of observations and geospatial data. The team has experience with a wide-range of sensor types from satellite and airborne remote sensors to ground-based Doppler radar, unattended ground sensors (e.g. weather stations, CBRNE, profilers, etc.) to sensors mounted onboard ground-based, mobile platforms.

Experience and subject matter expertise at Botts-Inc includes:

  • Descriptions of a very wide range of sensors using SensorML
  • Support for QA/QC of sensor observations using SensorML
  • Processing of sensor observations using SensorML
  • Precise geolocation of remotely sensed data (e.g. satellite imagery and UAV video) using SensorML
  • Design of standard profiles and ontologies for specific sensors (e.g. CBRNE, satellite sensors, etc) or processes (e.g. orbital propagation, community sensor models, etc.) within SensorML
  • Development and deployment of web services supporting OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS), Sensor Alert Service (SAS), and Sensor Planning Service (SPS)
  • Support for streaming high-volume sensor observations using SensorML and SWE Common standards
  • Development of open source tools for supporting SWE encodings and services
  • On-demand processing and fusion of disparate sensor data within a highly-dynamic, interactive, 3D geospatial visualization environment
  • Harmonization of SWE capabilities and decision support environments (e.g. Google Earth, Google Maps, Virtual Earth, Space Time Toolkit)
  • Design support for SOA architectures using SWE and other OGC standards

For more information on the Open Geospatial Consortium and Sensor Web Enablement, visit:

SWE information

Open Geospatial Consortium