Luciad OGC GeoPackage Viewer for Android
Continuing its commitment to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Luciad participated in the OGC GeoPackage Standards Working Group (SWG) and developed a free GeoPackage Viewer for Android devices.
“To support the initiatives of the working group, we developed the Luciad GeoPackage Viewer for Android devices. The viewer enables visualization of data following the OGC GeoPackage standard. We made it available free of
charge,” said Luciad Chief Technology Officer Frank Suykens.
“Luciad also provides a small C-library ‘libgpkg’ that allows developers to easily read and write GeoPackage compliant SQLite files. We are pleased to announce that it is available to the entire community as an open-source library. By releasing this library it is our goal to help make GeoPackage a widely adopted format within the geo community.”
OGC GeoPackage Compatibility
Since Luciad is a member of the GeoPackage working group, LuciadMobile and LuciadLightspeed were among the first products to be OGC GeoPackage compatible. LuciadMobile serves as the platform for the Luciad GeoPackage Viewer.
“All Luciad products are known for their flexibility, accuracy and performance and offer cross-platform compatibility with over 100 formats and standards,” said Mr. Suykens.
GeoPackage: Enhancing Mobile Geospatial capabilities
Officially released in 2014, GeoPackage is one of the newest OGC standards. The standard defines a geospatial data format that is cross-platform, vendor independent, and that can be used for data exchange and offline data storage on mobile devices.
The OGC GeoPackage SWG was chartered in September 2012 by OGC members, including Luciad, to develop an encoding standard for a new universal geodata file format. Now it supports many types of geospatial data on mobile handheld devices and traditional computing platforms.
GeoPackage is a modern alternative to formats like Shapefiles and GeoTIFF. The GeoPackage standard allows developers to create mobile applications that provide users with geospatial application services and associated data in areas with little or no network connectivity. It also helps developers build applications that aggregate geospatial data from multiple sources.