GE Energy held our 14th Smallworld European Users Conference in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on March 3-5. The event was our most successful yet with more than 400 attendees from 43 countries. Attendees shared best practices and enjoyed great customer stories from regional and global customers. New products and initiatives were announced including the Smallworld Physical Network Inventory*, Fiber-To-The-Home* (FTTH) Module, the Smallworld Geospatial Analysis* product, the new Smallworld Electric Office* 4.2 release, and the enhanced FieldSmart* product suite for mobile computing.
The Telecommunications track track was exceptionally well attended. Ten presentations were delivered by customers and partners, including ZON, Syd Energi, Deutsche Telekom, Ventelo, and Romtelecom. Telecom New Zealand also attended the conference and presented their plans for increasing use of the Smallworld* telecommunications portfolio.
The Utilities track also featured a diverse set of customers and implementers. For instance, Marc van den Huevel from RRP (along with Stephan Knoblauch from GeoMagic) gave an inspiring presentation on “Retiring an IT Jungle”. There were also presentations by Vitens, Kobenhavns Energi, EEM, Logica, , DigSILENT, Infrax, and GE. The Exhibit Hall was especially busy this year with product introductions from the likes of Realworld, Globema, GeoMagic, Mettenmeier, and CISS to name a few. GE Energy announced the upcoming availability of Electric Office 4.2 featuring support of electric distribution networks on a global scale. The Smallworld Electric Office* suite is an integral part of GE Energy’s Smart Grid initiative.
A Telecommunications users exchange was held prior to the main conference, and a number of key customers including Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom, OTE and Telecom New Zealand all shared experiences with the use of Smallworld products to manage their physical inventory. Deutsche Telekom explained how their Smallworld system is one of T-Home’s top 50 applications, without any downtime from software defects in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and Syd Energi described how they had saved over half a million Euros using Smallworld products for the planning and design of their FTTH network.
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