|Digital Energy Geospatial Systems Smallworld and Google Maps|
The availability of accurate and up-to-date base mapping supplied by Google in combination with the Smallworld product portfolio provides a number of benefits for engineering planning, design and operations solutions.
In regions where mapping is unavailable, expensive or inaccurate, Google Maps™ data provides an economical mapping source to record existing network assets and plan network extensions on an up-to-date and maintained source of consistent map data. Google Maps integrated within Smallworld provides this information with no data loading or manipulation steps, and it is immediately available to users by selecting to display the map layers within existing applications.
Where good sources of vector mapping exist, aerial photography provides additional information on geographic features not present on many traditional street map sources. Based on this information, a planner can decide whether a survey is required or proactively design around vegetation, streams or other features apparent on the aerial data that will affect the network engineering.
Google Street View provides a valuable additional visualization to map data, giving office based users another dimension to efficiently plan, allowing them for the first time to work with their map-based network assets while also looking at street level imagery. This allows engineering staff to assess if there are access constraints or unrecorded assets while working with their engineering application, directly within their office environment.
The GE and Google Maps integration now also provides the capability to access the extensive global address database maintained by Google, providing a new resource for quickly locating addresses within the engineering environment, without additional investment in data maintenance.
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Electric Utility Solutions
Gas and Pipeline Solutions
Water Supply and Drainage Solutions
With the next generation of web solutions from GE, functionality and data from Google Maps can be seamlessly combined with Smallworld data in simple, easily accessible web applications running on many devices. This will allow the investment in geospatial asset data and business logic to be exploited by the widest audience within organizations in a form that is already familiar.
Within the browser interface, users can control layers of data available from Google and Smallworld and search locations via Google and Smallworld asset data through a consistent user interface. Smallworld network asset data is displayed using the Smallworld display scales, allowing network detail to be progressively made visible automatically as users zoom in.
Integrating Google Street View™ into the web solutions adds further value to many users where situational awareness is important.
Note: Screenshots provided are of preproduction software and may not be representative of the final version.
GE’s strength is in the provision of business-focused enterprise applications which require complex network models, extreme levels of data accuracy and quality, extensive scalability and significant business process support. These applications have been successfully used in design, engineering, and operations departments within the utility for many years, and GE is one of the recognized leaders in this market.
The key focus going forward is how these combined capabilities can be used to offer enhanced business solutions delivering real business benefits rather than tools and technology. GE’s strategy is to use existing technology and best-of-breed solutions to create Small Focused Applications built on top of existing engineering solutions.
These applications will be targeted at different user communities and their business problems, focused on openness and accessibility throughout. They will be simple, easy to deploy, easy to upgrade and easy to use solutions for business users. Examples include dashboards and situational awareness visualizations, targeted business workflows (e.g., meter connection process, fault detection), large scale publishing (e.g., outage information for customers), and collaboration and information sharing applications.
To enable this new vision of the future, GE and Google have created a strategic partnership which enables GE to use Google’s technology and infrastructure to provide the foundations for these new style applications. Specifically we will be using the following: