MapInfo Readies for Wireless Growth in Asia-Pacific

US electronic mapping software developer MapInfo has restructured its local senior management team to prepare for a move into the wireless arena in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the expansion, MapInfo will consolidate its Australian operation with its South East Asian business into one operating unit.

MapInfo Australia MD Richard Lindsay assumes the new role of regional director of sales, Australia and South East Asia. Current vice president of MapInfo Asia Pacific takes on the additional post of MD, Australia and SE Asia.

The expansion drove MapInfo to redesign its product development process to launch new solutions for regional clients, particularly for those in Malaysia, Korea and Singapore, Westlake said.

New products include MapInHand, a B2B solution built on Oracle8i to supply sales staff with real-time access to location-based information using handheld devices. MapInfo has also developed MapXtend, a developer's tool for the Java platform enabling organisations to create spatially-enabled applications for accessing location-based data on personal digital assistants (PDAs).

MapInfo executives would not elaborate on any new regional deals signed with wireless or telco players, citing due diligence agreements. However, the company is working with a host of local verticals like Nortel Networks, Orange Communications, NRMA and the CSIRO, providing them with wireless business solutions, details of which will be disclosed later this year or early next, a spokeswoman said.

MapInfo's Asia Pacific region revenue was $US10 million in 1999. Global earnings for the fiscal year to September 30, 2000 were $US96.2 million.

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