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Hungarian Tax Authority Has Implemented Graphisoft ArchiFM to Manage its Facilities Countrywide

ArchiFM and ArchiFM WebServer employed to oversee more than 270,000 sq. meters of office space

Budapest, November 7, 2001 - The Hungarian Tax Authority, APEH, has standardized and streamlined its facility management processes by managing its countrywide network of offices with Graphisoft's ArchiFM. This integrated object-based facility management system, customized by Graphisoft and Graphisoft CAD Studio in collaboration with APEH, manages 136 buildings in 38 cities and towns. Using a secure system set up over the company's Intranet, management has access to all building-related information -- in the form of floor plans, 3D visualizations, and an integrated 3D database -- for all offices, at any time.

APEH's organizational structure and data security required a solution that could function smoothly and efficiently for the countrywide network, while strictly adhering to internal security regulations. The ideal solution, selected by a tender, would not only significantly decrease costs but increase the efficiency of the organization's facility management. The reputation of Graphisoft as a global player who could guarantee high quality, attentive service and technical support also played an important role in APEH's decision. Data transfer, a typical stumbling block in the move to CAFM systems, was executed easily and efficiently during the pilot project and proved a key factor in decision-making. After less than 3 months, APEH's ArchiFM network is running successfully.

"After careful market analysis, which lead to three invitations to tender, it was clear that Graphisoft's customized ArchiFM solution met our needs," said János Sagát, APEH's presidential advisor responsible for system installation. "Making sound decisions has required tedious and time-consuming work. With ArchiFM, the portfolio data is transparent and accessible to top managers requiring up-to-the-minute information, statistics and lists, making the preparation for decision-making substantially simpler and more efficient." Managers can view office space statistics, manage maintenance tasks, create lists, query the database for example about furniture and control tasks related to each department with the press of a few buttons.

Centered in Budapest, with five regional outposts, APEH needed its system to offer remote access to this facilities data. The ArchiFM WebServer was again an ideal solution, allowing management to access sensitive data in a secure system via APEH's Intranet.

The ArchiFM WebServer was developed to allow multiple users to efficiently control costs, space planning and maintenance tasks from a central database. This unique technology is available via an Intranet or over the Internet, making it especially useful for organizations with multiple offices, even spread across several continents.

"I am very pleased by the introduction of our solution at APEH," said Tibor Gáthy, Graphisoft's director of facility management. "Both domestic and foreign companies are increasingly recognizing how they can significantly improve their facility management efficiency with ArchiFM. APEH's decision proves once again that our research and development strategy is on the right track."