FME now supports 3 word addresses

what3words partner with Safe Software

LONDON, UK, October 02, 2015 - what3words today announced that FME, the leading spatial data transformation technology created by Safe Software, now supports the innovative location referencing system what3words.

“We are pleased to collaborate with what3words, providing a way for people to integrate this new solution into their existing data, and giving FME users a new option for identifying location information.„ Don Murray, President of Safe Software

FME is the "go-to" software for anyone working with multiple data formats, particularly location data. It provides a graphical user interface and pre-built tools that allow data to be integrated and transformed, and for these jobs to be automated. The software is used by some of the biggest companies in the world, including Shell, Arup and Enel to help them manage their geospatial data.

what3words has divided the world into 57 trillion 3mx3m squares and has given each square a pre-allocated and fixed 3 word address. Words are easier to remember and use by people everyday than any other coordinate system.

Support for what3words can be used in FME Desktop 2015.1.1 (Build 15515) or newer, FME Server, and FME Cloud. Users simply access the what3words custom transformers by typing "what3words" in the Transformer Gallery directly within FME Desktop. A what3words API key is also required. These tools will enable users to encode and decode what3words addresses to and from latitude,longitude coordinates, without writing any code.

“The ability to convert 3 word addresses in FME makes it  easier for geospatial professionals to connect with all of their audiences, making location information more usable by all. Now using 3 word addresses are just a couple of clicks away.„ Steven Ramage, Director of Strategy at what3words 
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About what3words

what3words is a global grid of 3m x 3m squares where each square has been pre-allocated a fixed and unique 3 word address.

75% of the world suffers from inconsistent, complicated or inadequate addressing systems.

This means that around 4 billion people are invisible; unable to report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.

It means that in remote locations water facilities can’t be found, monitored and fixed; and schools, refugee camps and informal settlements remain unaddressed. Even in countries with advanced systems, people get lost, packages aren’t delivered and businesses aren’t found.

Poor addressing is costly & annoying in developed countries, but limits growth and threatens lives in developing ones.

Our API is being integrated into businesses, apps & services. It works across all platforms and devices, in multiple languages, offline and with voice recognition.

what3words means everyone and everywhere now has an address.