In the first quarter of 2016, Globema released the new versions of commonly used Smallworld PNI add-ons: Physical Route Manager (PRM), Optical Network Atlas (ONA) and CableTV-Design (CATV-D). The new versions are compatible with Smallworld 5.0. Contact us, the GE Digital Energy team or your local Smallworld partner for any inquiries!
About GE Smallworld and the Magik on Java 5.0
GE Smallworld is a revolutionary, object-oriented, database-driven product that provides a powerful, consistent architecture at the heart of many applications, such as those used for planning electric, gas and water distribution systems, designing telecommunications networks and evaluating strategic market opportunities. The software integrates with other products that require spatial information, including systems for customer relationship management, market analysis, network and work management.
GE Smallworld 5 adopted Java, which means a boost in performance. Existing Magik language-based applications execute on the Java virtual machine, the self-optimizing “engine” for Java. The result is that customers’ existing applications work without rewriting in the Java language—preserving customer investment and ensuring ease of upgrade to Smallworld 5 while also opening the technology to use directly with enterprise Java-based applications. This means that after upgrade to Smallworld 5 the same code will simply run on Java.
By utilizing Java, GE is able to use the world’s largest software ecosystem, enabling cost of ownership reductions for its Smallworld customers though Java’s extensive available resources, existing code libraries and simplified integration to other key enterprise systems. This allows telecom and utility customers to better manage their network asset models and facilitates access to geospatial asset data and applications across their grid— supporting more effective planning, design, construction and maintenance of networks.
Released add-ons to PNI 5.0
Physical Route Manager (PRM)
Physical Route Manager allows grouping any number of physical resources into an easily accessible and manageable entity called “Route”. Route consists of mutually related elements, such as, fibres, ports, and splices that comprises a connection between two locations. Routes facilitate modelling utilization of physical resources for data transmission services and fiber/pairs lease.
- Increasing productivity and lowering error rates
- Lowering cost of keeping PNI network up to date
- On-the-fly access to information about occupancy of PNI resources
- Rich graphical representation of designed issues
- Highly optimized network tracing
- Automate route building based on existing connectivity
Optical Network Atlas (ONA)
Optical Network Atlas extends functionality of applications based on Smallworld Physical Network Inventory with automatic generation of schemes for optical routes. The tool automatically generates easily printable and legible paper documentation of the optical network fragments needed in development and maintenance. Schemes are generated using dynamically traced optical routes, starting from a given location or splice using selected optical cables/fibers or ODF shelves/ports. All parts of the scheme are divided into separate pages during the generation process, allowing the system to present the same results using different outputs (Smallworld application, printed documentation, PDF).
- Fast & efficient diagrams generation based on accurate data
- Reduction of time needed to print documents and exchange schematics via email using PDF print
- Mobile workforce productivity improvements
Cable TV Design simplifies the HFC network design process conducted by cable television operators. Globema’s solution allows for complete HFC design preparation within the Smallworld environment. CATV-D calculates RF signal strength, distortion and noise levels as well as powering status at any point of the network. Additional features include: automatic amplifier configuration (pad insertion), finding of unpowered active equipment and shortcuts in powering the network, among others.
- Graphical design – network visible on Smallworld map immediately
- Automated HFC network calculations speed up the design process
- Design within PNI – no need for an external solution and designs loading and migration