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With more and more people abandoning traditional phone lines in favor of cell phones, municipalities are presented with a difficult challenge in making targeted emergency broadcasts (Reverse 911) to their citizens. Since cell phones are by definition mobile, it can be very difficult to adequately apply a specific location to a device. For one city, traditional methods of geocoding resulted in the unacceptable situation where almost 35% of the numbers were unusable for these notifications.
Something needed to be done to increase the accuracy and reliability of the geocoding process in a way that was manageable, repeatable, and cost-effective. Learn how FME was able to programmatically normalize data from different vendors and geocode data using multiple sources to achieve a hit rate in excess of 99.5%.