Western Australian software developer Calytrix Technologies has signed an agreement with a Commonwealth Government Defence Agency which will see both organisations enhance Calytrix's simulation development products.
Calytrix' SIMplicity product is a software tool which enables developers to create distributed simulations, for activities such as staff training or product development.
The developer was incorporated in April 2000 and has been surviving on grants from a BITS incubator (Entrepreneurs in Residence), a Commonwealth Government funded START grant and a grant from the Rational Software Startup Initiative. Calytrix will provide 10 licences to its first customer, the Australian Defence Simulation Office (ADSO), a branch of the knowledge systems division at Australian Defence Headquarters.
The deal however is not a clear-cut case of Defence buying from the developer. Defence will also receive royalties from future versions of the SIMplicity product, as their staff will provide technical advice and verification for the product to be endorsed by other Government agencies.
Calytrix chief executive officer Mark Rheinlander believes this will assist the company in pitching the product to a more lucrative market, the software tools industry.