Business Process Modules
Smallworld Core provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that support the critical processes within the plan, design, build, operate and maintain lifecycle of network asset intensive industries.
Spatial information helps planners understand where new networks should be targeted, where additional investment is required to meet forecasted demand for capacity, and where business justification for investments in network upgrades is needed. Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis allows users to access customer and market demographic data, network infrastructure footprint, service areas and finance data to create possible strategies for proposed network investment plans.
At district level, planners need to understand the detail of the underground and overhead network assets and their relationship with new construction, other operated networks and public works to plan maintenance and network extensions. Smallworld Core Spatial Technology can model and represent the network in different spatial views, representing geographic, underground networks and assets within buildings, together with annotations of the existing and planned network in a single environment.
Spatial information from a number of sources needs to be combined with the current network in a design environment where designers can lay out a number of solutions to a new service or maintenance work request. Smallworld Design Manager provides a geospatial-based design environment to manage the proposed network changes. Cost information for the proposed network changes can be used as part of the design approval within the spatial environment and this information shared with Enterprise Asset Management systems using Smallworld Business Integrator.
To support construction crews building a network, accurate engineering maps of the planned assets need to be provided as part of the job packs issued to work crews. Post construction, as-built information returned to the organization needs to be stored to accurately document the network as it has been constructed. Smallworld Core Spatial Technology’s quality management tools combined with manual or electronic updates submitted to the network inventory facilitate an up-to-date and consistent source of network data.
To support the go live switching of the network build, the planned view of the network model needs to be passed to other operational systems as a connected network model with geographic and schematic views. Additionally, some self-service applications need to be delivered from the enterprise through the Internet to contractors and customers as web applications.
Smallworld Core Architecture
The Smallworld Solution
Smallworld Core Spatial Technology is the foundation product, providing key capabilities for business solutions. Its geospatial data management capabilities are designed for deployment throughout distributed organizations, reaching all users who need to access and maintain the network asset inventory. Its database is highly scalable to handle very large networks while also modeling the detailed connectivity necessary for its advanced applications.
Smallworld Core Spatial Technology is designed around industry technology standards, allowing it to directly access enterprise data from Oracle® and other sources. For building complementary industry applications, it provides an integrated data modeling and application development environment.
Smallworld Design Manager accelerates the engineering planning and design process, with comprehensive workflow support and process control, design tools, and cost estimation, tuned for the needs of very large network operators.
Smallworld Schematics Generator provides automatic generation and maintenance of schematic representations of the network to support a range of operational and planning business processes.
Smallworld Enterprise Gateway allows access to all network asset data throughout the organization. It synchronizes the data held in the Smallworld database with an enterprise Oracle® database to leverage the value of the Smallworld data for other business processes.
Smallworld GeoSpatial Server provides access to geospatial data and functions as web-services to support service oriented integration with operational systems such as a Distribution Management System and provides OGC® certified services. It reduces costs to create and maintain integrated enterprise IT solutions and provides the flexibility to respond to evolving business and regulatory requirements.
Smallworld Business Integrator allows integration with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, including a certified integration with SAP®. It allows the synchronization of common network asset data and seamless business processes based on Smallworld and EAM applications.
Smallworld Web Solutions provide easy access to network data and applications for anybody in the enterprise through the web to support business processes without specific GIS expertise.
Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis is the spatial business intelligence application, which leverages geospatial and all other data sources for operational and strategic asset management processes. It allows a wide range of users to generate visualization-based analysis on combined enterprise and spatial data to meet a range of business needs, including meeting regulatory reporting requirements, monitoring key performance indicators and optimizing network investment strategies using network data.
Smallworld Core Spatial Technology platform is based on common IT and geospatial standards and can be easily integrated with other business applications that require spatial information, including solutions for customer relationship management, operations management, market analysis, and work management. It is the foundation that underpins GE’s leading-edge industry-focused Smallworld application suites for utilities and telecommunications.
- Powerful and highly scalable spatial database engineered to model complex networks
- Version managed long transaction database, allowing many hundreds of concurrent users write access
- Object oriented modeling and development tools for fast and cost effective decisions
- Built in quality assurance and conflict management tools to ensure data quality
Windows Desktop and Server Editions in 64-bit and 32-bit
HP-UX on Integrity Itanium, IBM AIX on RS/6000, Sun Solaris on SPARC, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 on Intel processors.
Java 1.6 and 7 runtime environment
Oracle 10g and 11g databases including Oracle Spatial®
LDAP authentication using Microsoft Windows Active Directory and OpenLDAP
Smallworld Database Server on IBM™ PureSystems
The Smallworld Core platform is the foundation that underpins GE’s leading-edge industry-focused Smallworld application suites for utilities and telecommunications and a critical component of it is the Smallworld Database Server. This technology supports highly scalable geospatial and version managed database capabilities that are used by the industry solutions.
With GE’s Smallworld Database Server enabled on IBM PureFlex systems, new instances of the server can be created rapidly in a fully configured mode. Without having to spend many hours of technical resources to install and to configure the solution, customers can use valuable IT resources to focus on improving and growing their core business.
Learn more about IBM PureSystems at: PureSystems
Smallworld 5: Architected for the Future
|Geospatial data forms the foundation of critical business processes. Smallworld 5 extends the reach of geospatial data across the organization and its user communities through solutions enabling users to utilize and work with data anytime, anywhere.
Smallworld has provided focused solutions to utilities and telecommunication operators for 25 years, continuously delivering new benefits and cost savings while scaling to support the needs of the world’s largest organizations.
GE’s continued adoption of the latest technology standards enables further cost savings through:
- Straightforward system integration through open standard technologies
- Faster, smarter decisions supported across the enterprise through modern web and mobile technologies
- Increased user productivity through technology focused on a modern user experience
- Opening the Smallworld technology stack to Java development creates the potential to reduce IT costs by up to 15%
- Straightforward and easy upgrades
What is changing with the release of Smallworld 5?
- A technology refresh for all applications based on Smallworld Core Spatial Technology
- Adoption of Java Virtual machine & improvements to the Smallworld user interface
- Preserves investments by GE, partners and customers in Magik developments while providing new platform capable of leveraging the Java development ecosystem
Driving Utility and Telecom Operator process efficiency across the enterprise through access to geospatial and asset data anytime, anywhere.