GE Network Solutions issues major new release of its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology™ product

ATLANTA, Ga., August 27, 2002 — GE Network Solutions, a supplier of technology solutions to the utilities and telecommunications industry, has announced the release of its Smallworld Core Spatial Technologyà¢â€ž- revision 3.3 software product.

Smallworld Core Spatial Technology provides an open, proven, spatial application engine that forms the foundation for Smallworld industry applications. This latest release extends the current product offering by addressing key requirements received directly from customer feedback.

Features include improved usability, extended plotting functionality and continued commitment to support the latest mainstream technologies, such as Oracle(r). Smallworld Core Spatial Technology 3.3 now features a familiar Microsoft Windows(r)-style user interface, providing more information about the user’s view of the world and greater functionality from toolbars and icons.

Because the software is easy to use, with a more familiar user interface, the time and cost of training new users is reduced and productivity of existing users is increased. This release also significantly enhances the range of plotting functionality, including the ability to generate plot series – for example, in the creation of map books.

Behind all of the new features of Smallworld Core Spatial Technology 3.3 are tools to enable the application developer to provide customized applications based on customer requirements, including closer interaction with Oracle 9i(r) and Oracle Workspace Management.

Henry Stueber, president, GE Network Solutions, commented, “The Smallworld Core Spatial Technology product is at the heart of all our Smallworld applications. This release brings significant enhancements and reflects our continued commitment to providing customers with a product that meets their demands both today and in the future. We already have a number of customers implementing early versions of this new release and feedback is extremely positive.”

GE Network Solutions, a business unit within GE Power Systems, provides software products that design and manage the world’s networks. It offers network software solutions to utility, communication and public systems organizations and has more than 900 customers in 44 countries around the world.

GE Power Systems (www.gepower.com) 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.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.

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