Datapoint UK Ltd has launched a software range for utility supply industries developed by power distribution company Prospect Systems Pty Ltd, Sydney. Built on the Oracle relational database management system, the software is supported on over 80 operating system variants, mainly Unix, and also VMS. The software is designed to enhance applications like payment processing, and is provided as an alternative to custom systems that are more expensive to produce. Working closely in the UK with Prospect, Datapoint has approached the National Grid and regional electricity companies, but thinks it will be from three to nine months before implementation occurs. The software has been running for nine months in Australia and Malaysia with government-owned electricity companies: Datapoint is also targeting water, gas, telecommunications and transport. The company reports that the last six quarters have been profitable and that it intends to continue with its Unix multi-processor distribution agreement with Wyse Technology Inc.
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