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| [NET & COM '99] RIOS Displays Java-Based GIS System
February 9, 1999 (TOKYO) -- RIOS Corp. exhibited a pre-release, Java-based
geographical information system (GIS) called RIOS Telescope at the NET
& COM '99 trade show.
|The system can be used independently of a client/server operating system.
Using Java applets, data entry and inquiry are performed through the
Web browser. The company said target customers are leading real estate
companies that presently use UNIX systems.
Kazuhiko Hattori, chief manager of sales promotion at RIOS, said, "Ninety
percent of the existing GIS systems are for the Windows platform. But
enterprises that would like to introduce GIS have a mixed environment
of UNIX and Windows. Our product will run independent of the operating
He added, "Because of this benefit, it will be less costly to introduce
it than existing products. It will also be very easy to cope with systems
change that might happen in the future."
Hattori said there are only a few vendors who provide Java GIS in Japan,
including RIOS. RIOS Telescope will be commercially available in 1999
for a price of about 1.5 million yen (US$13,280). Customization will
be charged separately.
The company, presently selling GIS for Windows, will shift its business
to Java GIS development and sales.
"There are little differences among Windows GIS products in the market
because of the many vendors selling them. With an early introduction
of Java GIS into the market, we expect that revenue will be tripled.
Windows GIS will gradually be replaced with Java GIS," said Yasuhiro
Taga of the company's sales promotion center.
Address data will be first entered via the Web browser and sent to the
server. The server, then, will find the coordinates data from the address
database and send back the location information on the map to the client
Inquiry screens and database will be tailored to the user environment
by RIOS. Map will be the other vendor's product.
(BizTech News Dept.)
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