We apologise

Our industry is overrun with acronyms.  Unfortunately geographic information systems and global positioning systems are  mouthfuls and nobody has come up with shorter alternatives.  So we have resorted to acronyms for these, and others.  We have also managed to fit two of them into the name of our  business.


A geographic information system is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data.  More about GIS from Wikipedia


The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.  More about GPS from Wikipedia


Nobody can remember what this stands for but it is well known in the Australian GIS industry.  RIA Terrasystems first started developing mobile GIS technology in 1996. Their original MapPad software was developed for the Apple Newton, the precursor to the modern hand held computer.

MapPad became ArcPad after the company signed an exclusive licence with ESRI Inc. in the USA.  ArcPad is now distributed worldwide and is a leading GIS software product for handheld computers.

In 2003 RIA TerraSystems restructured and split into three separate business entities each with distinctive new roles:

  • RIA Mobile GIS continues to provide, sales, support and consulting services for ArcPad and ArcPad Application Builder including related hardware in Australia.
  • Maptel continues to develop the ArcPad software and ArcPad Application Builder development and related business opportunities. MapTel will focus on product enhancement, strategic business relationships and new ventures.
  • Resource Industry Associates will handle all imagery related enquiries.


Environmental Systems Research Institute are the world’s leading developers of GIS software. Visit the ESRI web site…



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