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Thank you to all who attended the Smallworld™ Americas Users Conference in Baltimore September 8-11. We hosted approximately 350 attendees at the Hilton Baltimore for a full week of sessions including 9 user exchanges, customer advisory council meetings, 5 technical training courses, and 16 workshops. Keynote presentations from Nick Sinai with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Michael Butts with Baltimore Gas & Electric were very informative and thought provoking. In addition, the Smallworld leadership team provided a business update and product roadmap reports, and customers across the region and around the world delivered 50 technical track presentations. A Smallworld Visibility Forum was held to discuss how GE relates to the marketplace, and a Technology Showcase Exhibition featuring 22 partner booths and 14 GE exhibit booths demonstrated the latest Smallworld and MapFrame™ based applications as well as PowerOn™ OMS and GENe DMS solutions. Feedback has been very positive.

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The Smallworld Electric Utility Track attendees were presented with GE Smart Grid discussions and various partner solution stories from Powerline Technology, GeoSpatial Innovations, Ubisense, and Power System Projects. Customers including Florida Power & Light, Hydro Quebec, Central Hudson, Epcor, UTE, and SECO presented great business solution stories using Smallworld technology. Attendees were also introduced to the just recently released Smallworld Electric Office™ - Global 4.2. This release is the latest version of a comprehensive suite of integrated electric applications and data models that effectively manage the network and its assets from the back office to the field.

The Smallworld Telecommunications track featured presentations covering Smallworld deployments at Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom, and Exatel. Attendees also heard about successful data migration projects and were provided with detailed updates and demonstrations of the new products in the Smallworld telecoms portfolio.

The Smallworld Gas & Water Utility Track included presentations covering GE and customer solutions from San Diego Water, Duke Energy, Xcel Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Black Hills and Aguas de Valencia with great stories using Smallworld technology supported by InfoTech Enterprises, Opvantek, InMaps, we-do-IT, Ubisense, and Implemental Systems. Attendees were also introduced to the forthcoming release of Smallworld Water Office™ by the GE product manager. This integrated solution is a new Office Suite product for water supply and drainage industries with comprehensive data models and applications.

The Smallworld Technology and Innovation track featured presentations from ComEd, City of San Paulo, Southern California Edison, and SECO. In addition, there were a number of “tips & techniques” offered by partners, as well as a Smallworld Core/GSS/GSA presentation from GE product managers. An overwhelming hit was Peter Batty’s return to the podium to discuss how Smallworld network data can be used with Google® and other web-based applications.

The Smallworld Mobile Track attendees were offered a diverse set of informative presentations. The track included customer presentations from SaskPower, Xcel Energy and PSNC SCANA showcasing the use of FieldSmart™ technology for mobile mapping and from Vectren illustrating the use of the Field Force Automation™ product for work force automation. GE Product Managers presented roadmaps for the FieldSmart Mobile Framework™ and the Field Force Automation product lines, including Smart Crew™, and GE business partners provided informative presentations on the topics of real-time communications and work force optimization and scheduling. FieldSmart technical representatives presented and demonstrated many of the new features coming in the FieldSmart Mobile Framework 4.3.1 release, including the FieldSmart Configuration Environment™ (FCE).

PowerOn™ After Dark was well attended and highlighted demonstrations of the new .Net Control Window (PowerOn 4.1.2), PowerOn 4 TSB 6, an advanced look at PowerOn 4 TSB7 with a new optional product module for AMI/OMS Integration, GENe DMS, Smallworld Electric Office™ 4.2, Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis™, PowerOn Mobile (Yambay), and iFactor products.

In addition, the ROI Handbook was successfully launched at the conference. Jointly developed by GE and PA Consulting, the ROI Handbook provides customers with a structured approach to quantifying and delivering business value of geospatial network infrastructure management solutions.

Attendees enjoyed a dinner sponsored by Oracle at the 7th floor Camden Club @ Oriole Park, overlooking the baseball field where the Baltimore Orioles play.

Many thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors including Affecto, Continuum, Core Logic, ECHO Broadband, Enspiria Solutions, GEIS, GeoSpatial Innovations, Globema,, iFactor Consulting, Infotech Enterprises, InMaps, Insight USA/Trac2Mobile, Oracle, Panasonic Solutions Company, RAMTeCH Software Solutions, Realworld Systems, Red Planet Consulting, Safe Software, Spatial Business Systems, and Ubisense.

We look forward to seeing all of you for the 2011 Americas conference at the beautiful Swissotel in Chicago September 25-29. Mark your calendars!