At least two wireless application developers believe the stage is set for the rapid uptake of mobile data applications in New Zealand.
“I think it’s all about to start happening,” Jason Swain, head of Parochus Software, told Computerworld at Telecom’s d>zone launch recently.
Swain co-founded Parochus in December, after working on a banking IT project in Britain.
He says the company uses a customised software platform which enables rapid development of applications and is about to release its first product, after six months of development. Upcoming applications will include expense tracking and time management and Parochus says it is working with the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on an application to provide weather data wirelessly to users such as airline pilots. “The NCAR provides the data but doesn’t have a convenient way to present it. We get the data from them and provide a mobile viewing format.”
Another developer attending the launch was Esports, whose business developer, John Mason, describes the company’s application as “a virtual sports scrapbook” that allows users to store and access data such as golf scores on wireless devices.
According to the company’s website, “our sports trackers incorporate multimedia – you can attach photos, press releases, your own comments and match reviews as well as audio and video files”.
The company is also working with Compaq on wireless applications, he says.
Mason believes New Zealand will soon see far greater use of wireless data. “I think the uptake will go up and will snowball.”