GE Energy announces new geospatial multitranslator software product

ATLANTA, March 4, 2005 — GE Energy has announced that it has developed a new geospatial multitranslator software product, the Smallworld Spatial Objects Manager* (SOM) for Feature Manipulation Engine® (FME) 4. GE Energy’s Smallworld SOM for FME is the latest addition to the SOM suite of interoperability products.

This new geospatial software product enables users of Smallworld’s Core Spatial Technology*, Smallworld Spatial Intelligence* and Smallworld Internet Application Server* to access many formats of geospatial data without the need for translation. The product’s open architecture also provides a platform for a scalable solution.

Existing SOMs provide the capability to ‘plug-in’ data readers for a variety of external data formats such as DXFà¢â€ž-/DWG, DGN, Shape and Sid®. The Smallworld SOM for FME extends this ability to include other geospatial formats such as ESRI’s® Coverage, SDE®, Personal GeoDatabase and Enterprise GeoDatabase. The Smallworld SOM for FME is based on the industry-standard FME Objects product by Safe Software and provides seamless access to many of the most popular geospatial data formats.

Through the use of the Smallworld SOM for FME, users can access data ‘live’ from other entities such as state and local governments without the need for conversion. This open data access can also be useful for utilities wishing to deploy other GE Energy products such as the PowerOn* outage management system on non-GE geographical information systems.

About GE Energy [ www.gepower.com ]

GE Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2004 revenues of $17.3 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.

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