Perth firm’s Internet success

The company is discussing establishing networks in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Pie Networks recently installed 130 pieLINKS into the Victorian health system.

It finished last financial year with a strong cash position and a profit and loss result that was 50 per cent better than its prospectus projection.

For a company that was a three-person operation operating from a factory unit in O’Connor 16 months ago, that’s not a bad result.

Pie Networks has 35 staff at its West Perth head office and five staff in London.

The Pie Networks strategy is based on the fact the majority of Internet access is performed away from home. This suggested a need for uniform casual, convenient and ubiquitous public Internet access.

“Our business is all about public infrastructure and providing the conduit to take consumers to the Internet, and conversely, to take web-based technology to consumers,” he said.

“Research from the US and Europe suggests the world interactive kiosk market is at the beginning of an exciting growth period, projected to be worth more than $20 billion by 2006.”

A new version of the pieLINKS kiosk is being rolled out featuring a flat LCD screen.

Mr Smith said while most of its components were Australian-made and designed, he was aiming to make this ratio 100 per cent.

The company is developing water and vandal-resistant keyboard and trackball devices.

He said VoIP (voice-over Internet telephony), video-conferencing and banking services could be additions.

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