The majority of Norwegian software companies devise customized solutions for niche processes and markets. In the offshore sector, for example, the Norwegian company Roxar has developed the IRAP RMS program, which generates 3D models of oil and gas reserves, and is easily integrated with existing software tools. As it is economically crucial for oil companies to get the most out of the fields and streamline production processes, oil majors such as BP, Norsk Hydro and Statoil have been eager clients.
Norway is also home to a number of software manufacturers specializing in the environmental field, such as OCEANOR, which develops integrated real-time monitoring and information systems for deep sea, coastal areas, rivers, lakes, groundwater and soil. Information systems for the marine environment, built around its core product SEAWATCH, have been deployed worldwide for a range of customers, and a similar system for freshwater, RIVERWATCH, is now also being sold to customers in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
In the finance sector, EDB Fellesdata is a leading international supplier of dedicated banking software, notably the Powered B@nk Internet bank, which the company guarantees to have up and running within 75 days. Together with sister company EDB Teamco, EDB Fellesdata also offers modular programs such as e-invoice, which is designed to streamline operations, improve security management between invoicer and payer, and run parallel with the various software solutions either party might already utilize. In the business sector, MaXware International is a global industry leader in the development of enterprise-wide meta solutions that access and manage data flow within companies. MaXware works with an extensive group of international partners to ensure that its e-business solutions work across a wide range of directory servers, databases and other data repositories. MaXware's Enterprise Meta Solution (EMS) won the "Best of the Show" award for directory products at the EMA 2000 E-Business Conference and Exposition in Boston, achieving recognition as one of the most significant solutions for maintaining mission-critical data in the e-business market. Among other Internet successes is Norman, one of the world's leading companies in the field of data security. One of its core software products, Norman Virus Control, is now used by businesses across the planet, protecting users from viruses and other malicious programs on an increasingly open and vulnerable World Wide Web. Norman is also working in partnership with other international security software companies, such as Marshal Software of Australia, to develop a new generation of virus detection technologies.
In the power generation sector, Powel is a niche supplier of software to companies active in deregulated electricity markets worldwide. With a client list of over 150 utilities, Powel products such as Netbas streamline expenditure and boost productivity with modules supporting demand and load forecasting, trading on power exchanges, daily scheduling of generators and bilateral contracts, grid management, settlement, and the daily supply of information to retailers.
For the defence industry, Teleplan's Systems Development Division produces specialized systems for military command and control and electronic warfare. One of its main products, MARIA, is a high-performance mapping system integrating military plotting and analysis utilities that can be used as a stand-alone system or as a building block for additional applications. Among its international clients is the Danish Air Force Matériel Command, for whom Teleplan has developed and integrated a situation display system based on MARIA within NATO's Air Command and Control Information System. Teleplan is also active in the telecommunications arena, providing technical and financial consulting in the planning, adaptation and implementation of new networks. In this field its clients include new as well as established telecommunications operators, service providers, telecommunications authorities, banks and investors as far afield as Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
On the hardware side, the Norwegian company Scali develops and supports systems for supercomputing using components clustered together for high performance. The company's dedicated SSP (Scali System Platform) solutions are based entirely on standard PCs/workstations and advanced interconnect technology, which gives them a better price/performance ratio for high-volume computing when compared to traditional computer systems. Scali systems are scalable to hundreds of processors by means of an innovative distributed switching scheme, and are available for Linux and Solaris operating systems running on Intel x86, Alpha and UltraSPARC hardware. Among Scali's international clients is Paderborn University in Germany, where the Paderborn Centre for Parallel Computing has developed its groundbreaking chess program, P.ConNerS, powered by a Scali computer.