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Safe Software Releases Enhanced FME GDF Reader 03.14.2003

March 14, 2003
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Reader to support TeleAtlas MultiNet North America 2.4, GDF-AS version 3.2 Sequential datasets.

Safe Software Inc. released an enhanced version of its Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) Geographic Data Files (GDF) reader to support TeleAtlas MultiNet 3.2 GDF (ASCII) sequential datasets.

"Safe Software has worked closely with the TeleAtlas product team in Gent, Belgium, to ensure compatibility between the FME GDF reader and the latest TeleAtlas MultiNet 3.2 product offering," said Mark Stoakes of Safe Software's Professional Services Division. "The release for this enhanced FME GDF reader coincides with the delivery of GDF data to TeleAtlas North American clients."

Currently, FME supports the reading and writing of many GDF variants, including GDF 3.0, TeleAtlas, and NavTech. In addition, FME includes a viewer that allows users to view and query GDF files.

Safe Software's Professional Services Division has considerable experience working with GDF and has helped a number of organizations get their data in and out of GDF. One such organization is Geo Strategies Ltd in the United Kingdom, who reported "We've successfully used the FME GDF translator to convert over 8.7 million road objects and 350 000 points of interest stored in GDF to MapInfo format. The resulting dataset had a file size of over 2 gigabytes and our internal consistency checking software found it to be free of errors. Many thanks and well done!"

Attendees of the upcoming 2003 GeoTec Event can learn more about Safe Software's GDF support during the Utilities (Transportation and Logistics) track. A paper on Digital Road Maps and the GDF Standard Putting Theory into Practice will be presented.

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