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News from NET and COM '99

  • [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 system.”

    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 Web browser.

    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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