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September 17th, 2007
Safe Software to Demonstrate Technology at FOSS4G

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PRESS RELEASE — Safe Software, the recognized leader in providing spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) tools for translating and transforming spatial data, today announced that the company is sponsoring and presenting at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference in Victoria, BC, from September 24-27. Conference attendees will have several opportunities to learn how the company’s FME platform can play an important role in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of geospatial systems by serving as a bridge for exchanging data between open source and proprietary software.

“Open source software was once viewed as an interesting side note to an industry dominated by proprietary systems,” explains Don Murray, President of Safe Software. “However, this is not the case today. Many organizations are searching for ways to build hybrid geospatial systems that leverage the complimentary benefits offered by both commercial and open source solutions.”

A challenge that often hinders the development of efficient hybrid systems is a lack of interoperability between the various proprietary and open source system components. Interoperability issues arise from the fact that almost every spatial data application employs a unique model for storing spatial data. Traditionally, geospatial professionals have had to write their own code or modify scripts to manage data exchange between these dissimilar data models – both of which are costly and time-consuming approaches. With FME as an alternative, users have access to a single tool that allows them to architect virtually any required data model transformation. The transformation can be designed ahead of time via an easy-to-use graphical interface and then applied automatically whenever data is exchanged.

“With the interoperability technology provided by FME, organizations can exploit the benefits of both worlds,” says Dale Lutz, VP of Product Development at Safe Software. “Users can continue working with familiar proprietary tools that meet their specific needs, but they can also easily incorporate open source databases, libraries or web-based solutions into their overall system.”

Safe Software will host a hands-on lab session at FOSS4G that will employ six different scenarios to showcase the diversity of components from the open source stack that can be accessed using FME – components such as such as PostGIS, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, GDAL, OGR, FDO and GEOS. A detailed description of this session is available at

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