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Technology rides airwaves

WITHIN five years the three mainstream technologies - information, wireless and computers - will have merged so completely they will become invisible, says WA’s boy wonder Nathan Buzza.

“The world is at a crossroads,” he said. “Telecommunications and information technology are set to collide.

“In the 21st century the distribution of information will become increasingly important. Not only will wireless communications save lives, but it will be integrated into our daily lives.

“We have all seen the effect of Internet and e-mail and how drastically this has affected our daily lives.

“Now once again we are poised to see the dawn of a new era, wireless communications.”

Now 30, he has been riding the technology wave since he was 13 when he sold his first computer program to Philips which sold millions world-wide.

His company Commtech Wireless is Australia’s largest supplier of messaging infrastructure.

This week it has launched its latest package - a Windows-based and Internet-capable version of his PC-based wireless messaging system.

By marrying PCs, wireless and information his company has so far laid waste to established but traditional companies Australia-wide and it now sits ready to take on the world.

Their incursions into 18 countries so far indicate they have the talent and ability to repeat what they have done here - wipe out the opposition in a few years.

Before he arrived on the scene hospitals were paying $10,000 for radio transmitters and $1800 for pagers. He developed a PC-based software system that replaced them with modern equipment that drastically reduced the cost of paging networks and added a welter of extra features.

“We were quoting on government tenders at a fraction of the price of the opposition,” he said.

“Since 1992 we have been wiping out the opposition in hospitals, emergency services, hotels and casinos.

“I keep wondering when will somebody wake up to the concept of marrying PCs, wireless communications and messaging together in these industries and take us on?

“But even in the USA, the home of technology, they still haven’t worked it out.

“But now they are too late.

“We have spent 24 months and over $1 million on R & D to create a Windows-based version of our system, BasePager2000, and now we are two steps ahead of any competition.”

That program running on DOS is now the largest wireless messaging system in Australia, operating in more than 2000 business including 150 casinos, 90 clubs and resorts, 400 hospitals, 400 aged care centres, 150 emergency services, 400 security companies, 100 fire services, 50 mining sites and 200 commercial sites.

Add to that around 100 sites in 18 overseas countries from Africa to America and one can see why he says this is a revolution in the communications industry.

He says his company is opening an office in the USA and UK early next year in preparation for the overseas assault.

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