General Electric and Google enter mapping partnership


General Electric (GE) and Google enter into a partnership that allows GE to integrate Google maps data into its Smallworld utility product. Smallworld is GE’s flagship geospatial data visualization and analysis suite and it augurs well for GE to be able to seamlessly integrate Google maps data thereby improving productivity and visualization.

This agreement comes at a time when the geospatial industry has witnessed a lot of acquisitions and mergers. Leica-Hexagon, Intergraph-Hexagon, DigitalGobe-GeoEye! Now Google partners with GE. Geoawesomeness!!

The ability to utilize and integrate Google’s data and API’s gives Smallworld an unique advantage given that most customers would be big time users of Google maps and Google Earth applications for private purposes. It brings a sense of familiarity to the users of Smallworld now that they will be able to visualize their data on Google Maps.

Smallworld traditionally has been used for utility project i.e. Electrical, Telecommunications and Gas line projects. Now with the availability of Google’s geospatial data especially Road Network data it might led to more applications.

This partnership will surely catapult GE’s Smallworld’s ratings and acceptance.

Maybe its the first step in making Smallworld much more than just an utility geospatial product.

I bet ESRI will be watching this particular development with keen interest!

The press release can be found here

The picture says it all!

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


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