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The FME 2020.0 release incorporates a number of user-requested updates and delivers on industry requirements focused around five major features:

  • Enterprise integration 
  • Data integration
  • Tailored FME experiences
  • Customised FME deployments
  • Empowering end users with FME mobile apps

1. Enterprise integration with FME Server Automations

Enterprise Integration is all about connecting disparate systems. More than ever, organisations are deploying specialised, fit-for-purpose applications to provide business solutions. The problem is that these applications are often unable to communicate with each other, resulting in simple tasks requiring duplicate data entry and extra manual effort. 

One of the common challenges faced by organisations is how to get their varied systems connected so that they can work together in harmony. The Automations interface in FME Server 2020.0 allows users to build powerful application integrations and complex looping workflows without writing code.

This makes integration workflows much more scalable, and helps you better automate complex workflows. You can run workspaces in a series or in parallel, create loops, build dynamic workflows, and more.  

Relevant new Automations features include:

  • Add an Automations Writer in FME Workbench to connect the FME Engine to Automations.
  • Feature types appear as output ports on Workspace nodes.
  • Add custom Webhooks as Triggers.
FME automations
Connect multiple output ports with the new FME Server Automations interface


2. Format and application support for data integration

To connect to Big Data systems, spatial data and 3D models, XML and JSON formats, and more, FME 2020.0 includes the latest readers, writers, connectors and transformers such as:

  • Azure and Google cognitive services for natural language processing and computer vision
  • CityJSON (Tech Preview)
  • Entwine Point Tile (EPT)
  • Google BigQuery
  • Mapbox Vector Tiles (MVT)
  • Microsoft DirectDraw Surface (DDS)
  • NIfTI (for MRI data)
  • OGC S-121 GML
  • PROJ transformers
  • Revit (including floor plans and easy wall simplification)
  • Snowflake
  • UK MasterMap variants: Water, Highways, Sites, Topography
  • XSD-driven XML
revit floor plan
Applying wall simplification to a Revit floor plan using the CentreLineReplacer

 

FME 2020.0 also includes:

  • ArcGIS Pro connection improvements, including Esri Utility Network and annotations.
  • Shapefile, Excel, and OGC GeoPackage reader/writers have been reimplemented to use new underlying data structures, so workflows that connect to these formats can run more efficiently.
  • Improvements in the performance of several transformers, including StatisticsCalculator and Bufferer.
entwine point tiles in fme
Inspecting an Entwine Point Tile dataset in the FME Data Inspector


3. A tailored FME experience
To improve the ease-of-use of the FME Platform, the latest release includes: 

  • Customisable connection line styles while authoring in FME Workbench.
Connection Styles
Applying custom styling to FME Workbench connection lines.​​​​

 

  • Workspace uploading to FME Server using the web UI instead of publishing via FME Workbench.
  • Higher rendering frame rate for inspecting 3D models in the FME Data Inspector, resulting in a smoother experience.
  • More FME Server security options, like password expiration dates.
  • New geometry parameter option in FME Server: enable end users to choose a point, line, or polygon on a map.
ShortGeometryPicker
Enable your end users to select a geometry on a map as an input parameter.


4. Deploy and license FME as needed

An industry-customised FME Subscription is the most flexible way to deploy the full FME Platform and only pay for what you need.

In terms of deployment options, for organisations that work with specific cloud vendors, data gravity limitations can be overcome by launching FME close to your data. Standard FME Cloud deployments can now also be implemented in Google Cloud Marketplace.   

5. Extend FME to mobile devices

This release brings exciting updates to FME mobile apps, including FME AR (augmented reality) and FME Data Express (for running FME workspaces from a mobile device). FME Server Apps also let you deploy custom apps to empower your end users to run FME Workspaces from their mobile devices.  

With FME AR, users can load models at a custom scale (including 1:1) and explore them using geolocated anchors that place models in their real-world location. It also includes views of underground models, showing assets below the surface, such as pipelines and other infrastructure.

AR in FME 2020
Exploring the Amache historic site from home at a 1:1 scale in the FME AR app.


FME Data Express allows users to scan QR codes and barcodes as parameter values. Similarly, they can select a point on a map as a parameter value and implement authentication. 

To ensure app authenticity, the FME Server Apps requires a login and . For workspaces with no parameters, an option to “Run Immediately” can be included and users can to select a point or draw a box on a map as a parameter value.

fme-server-apps-example
An example FME Server app that empowers end users to run a workspace on demand.

 

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This blog is an adaptation of the original which was published on Safe Software.