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March 28, 2010

Pingar to create Chinese version search platform

Also plans to open new office in Silicon Valley in second half of 2010

By CBR Staff Writer

New Zealand-tech firm Pingar said that it is creating a Chinese-language version of the Pingar search platform and also unveiled plans to open a new office in Silicon Valley, CA, in the second half of 2010.

The company said that it is also releasing its Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 application installers on May 12 to coincide with the official Microsoft release date of the SharePoint Server 2010 product. It has partnered with Hong Kong’s Compose Systems, a developer of print publishing offerings, to build its Asian operations.

Pingar said that its traditional and simplified Chinese versions will be further developed in association with local universities. Its newest application will be available as a beta release for pilot testing with selected clients in Hong Kong and mainland China.

According to the company, its new offering goes inside data documents, finds the content the user is seeking and then places it into a PDF or XPS document, rather than just presenting a list of links such as the traditional search model.

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Peter Wren-Hilton, CEO and co-founder of Pingar, said: We’re excited by the welcome we’ve received in Asia and look forward to entering the US market later in the year. Through workings with our Hong Kong partners we’ve identified key clients and demand for a Chinese version of the Pingar product.

“As such, we’re developing versions of the platform in both simplified and traditional Chinese, which is a major step for Pingar. We look forward to realising what this market and the US offer. Asia and the US have become major areas of focus for Pingar.

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