GE Network Solutions integrates core technology with Oracle9i

ATLANTA, Ga., April 24, 2002 — GE Network Solutions announces the launch of “Smallworld on Oracle Workspace Manager.”

The new version of the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology application now manages long transactions by directly supporting Oracle9i Workspace Manager, a feature of Oracle9i. This is the most recent enhancement to the close integration between the Oracle database and Smallworld, which currently supports the Oracle database and the Oracle Spatial option.

GE Network Solutions has been working with Oracle for more than three years to define requirements for and test the implementation of this integrated Oracle9i version management and long transaction capability. Workspace Manager enables multiple concurrent views of an entire database for large numbers of users.

Each user can have, in effect, a private version of the entire database for a “long” period of time, which could range from minutes to months. In contrast, short transactions, such as those typical of the financial community, are measured in milliseconds. This is particularly important in geographic information system applications, because changes to spatial data held in a short transaction database have been problematic due to the long transaction nature of most spatial data updates.

The Smallworld product provides additional features on top of this core Oracle functionality, including Smallworld’s proven interactive conflict resolution tools. “GE Network Solutions’ customers continue to invest in Oracle across the enterprise and expect its solutions to take advantage of the latest Oracle technology as it becomes available,” said Warren Ferguson, general manager, GE Network Solutions.

“The release of Smallworld on Workspace Manager, in partnership with Oracle Corporation, brings significant additional functionality to users of GE Network Solutions technology and Oracle Spatial software, helping our customers become more efficient and operate in a more cost-effective manner.”

GE Network Solutions and Oracle worked closely to meet the requirements of customers such as the City of New York. The New York City government department of IT and communications deployed the latest release of Oracle9i Workspace Manager and “Smallworld on Oracle” to improve data management for their land base management application.

Oracle Spatial acts as the repository for the land base data, with all maintenance and validation being achieved via the product set.

Smallworld on Oracle Workspace Manager provides more control and flexibility for New York City to determine the timing and delivery of departmental updates. This product also provides the option of viewing the history of the land base to see how it has changed over time.

About GE Power Systems
GE Power Systems ( is a supplier of power generation technology, energy services and management systems, with 2001 revenues exceeding $20 billion. The business has the largest installed base of power generation equipment in the global energy industry. GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.

GE Network Solutions, a business unit within GE Power Systems, was recently created from the integration of three GE companies – GE Smallworld, GE Harris and sofion. It offers solutions to utility, communication and public systems organizations and has more than 1,000 customers in 44 countries around the world. About Oracle Oracle is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle visit the company’s Web site at

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