In the fiercely competitive world of software development, innovations from smaller companies do not always win ready recognition from big vendors.
However, when local spatial systems developer Infomaster used locally developed language Formida to build its spatial data storage solutions around, the excitement from the Japanese market forced the industry's big boys to take notice.
The company identified international market opportunities for spatial systems' development by carrying out an extensive market research in the Asian region. The research pointed to Japan as the most likely adopter of integrated spatial and asset management technologies.
Following the finding, Infomaster's South Australian-based R&D team, led by development manager Garth Thompson, started working on the creation of language-independent menuing and messaging systems that would allow multi-byte database systems to be used for modification of graphical user interface (GUI) "on the fly".
According to Thompson, the company took several prototypes to Japan and were surprised by the ease with which the Infomaster solutions ran on the Japanese operating systems.
"Using Oracle multi-byte, we created a single source-code solution for GIS/Assets that can be applied to any country in the region and give full local language capabilities," Thompson said.
After winning recognition from several Japanese companies, Infomaster recently ported its spatial technology product set - consisting of Infomaster GIS and Assetmaster - for the Japanese language.
"We proved that spatial technologies. such as spatial data cartridge for storing spatial data, are becoming more and more important for enterprise-wide applications," Les Hornery, Infomaster's state manager for South Australia, said.