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Smallworld is the brand name of a portfolio of GIS software provided by GE Energy, a division of General Electric. The software was originally created by the Smallworld company founded in Cambridge, England, in 1989 by Dick Newell and others. Smallworld grew to become the global market leader for GIS in utilities and communications and remains in this position today. Smallworld was acquired by GE Energy in September 2000.
Smallworld Product Suite
The Smallworld Product Suite Offerings include Geographic Information System software for:
- Smallworld Physical and Logical Network Inventories, Fiber-to-the-Home solution, Physical Resource Assignment and Bearer Management for Telecommunications
- Smallworld Electric Office, Gas Distribution Office, Global Transmission Office and Water Office for Utilities
- Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis for geospatial business intelligence
- Smallworld GeoSpatial Server for web service integration and web mapping
- Smallworld Design Manager for Engineering Design
- Smallworld is also used by PowerOn, GE's Outage Management System
GE Energy's Smallworld GIS platform is based on three technologies:
- An object-oriented programming language called Magik that supports multiple inheritance, polymorphism and is dynamically typed.
- A database technology called Version Managed Data Store (VMDS) that has been designed and optimized for storing and analyzing complex spatial and topological data. The native Smallworld datastore can be stored in an Oracle Database. This allows the use of Oracle facilities for backups and recovery
- A Java Enterprise Edition architecture for web services and web mapping
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