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GPU Selects Smallworld for Enterprise-Wide Network.

READING, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 1998--GPU, Inc. (NYSE: GPU) today announced it has selected Smallworld's technology for its enterprise-wide network solution.

The suite of software products from Smallworld Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Smallworld plc (NASDAQ: SWLDY) includes the core Smallworld product plus Smallworld PowerOn(TM), a new outage management system.

GPU, Inc. is a registered holding company with multiple utility subsidiaries. The GPU system supplies energy to more than two million customers in a service area that covers approximately half the land mass of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and three counties in New York.

"We were looking for a system to replace the GFIS and Enghouse legacy systems," said Sam Talarico, application development manager for GPU. "GPU's top criterion for a new system was that it would retain the level of network modeling functionality GPU currently has, and that it could support multiple views of a single network model for the three operating companies: Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Jersey Central Power and Light."

The three operating companies are doing business as GPU Energy.

GPU was the third customer out of six to select Smallworld PowerOn, the new, comprehensive outage and distribution management system designed to assist in the management of planned and unplanned outages. PowerOn provides seamless integration with Smallworld 3 and uses Oracle(R) Corporation's (NASDAQ: ORCL) Universal Data Server as a repository for dynamic data, providing an open database environment.

"Smallworld has the ability to incorporate the bolt-on software to fulfill our needs with readily-available and field-tested solutions," continued Talarico.

Smallworld partners involved in this project are Cook-Hurlbert, a full-service software engineering firm specializing in projects related to GIS systems; GeoData Solutions Inc. and Geographic Information Technology (GeoIT), a provider of AM/FM/GIS consulting services to organizations that manage large infrastructures. -0-

Note to Editors: GPU Inc. is a registered holding company and owns all the common stock of its operating utility subsidiaries: Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Jersey Central Power and Light (all doing business as GPU Energy), GPU Genco, GPU Nuclear, GPU Service, and GPU International. GPU stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Smallworld develops and markets engineering, business and operations support software for utilities, telecommunications companies, and other public and private enterprises. Smallworld's object-oriented software is designed to deliver low cost of ownership while supporting rapid deployment of enterprise applications and seamless integrations with other systems. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Smallworld has more than 550 customers in 31 countries.

CONTACT: GPU, Inc.

Sam Talarico, 610/921-6375
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