Clive Boustred's stated mission is to use
technology to make the world a better place. Instead, he may be
on the verge of creating the ultimate in couch potatoes.
That's because Boustred is building what he calls the next
generation, ultra-high speed global Internet network, coupled
with easy-to-use consumer devices that integrate the TV,
computer, video camera, VCR, DVD, HDTV, radio, CD and telephone.
The Soquel-based Boustred, chairman and chief executive
officer of InfoTelesys Inc., is integrating massively
scalarcomputer systems architecture, coupled with satellite
systems, wired and wireless technologies. When deployed, he
said, the infrastructure will provide for true on-demand rich
media (DVD, HDTV, Internet movies, music, etc.), with
one-to-many communication to any location worldwide.
By example, Boustred said that InfoTelesys' technology would
let viewers watch the 10 o'clock news whenever they choose --
without having to record anything.
"One of our trademarks that sort of puts it in a
nutshell is, 'It's in your time -- not their time,'" he
said. "What our medium offers now is the ability to get
decent content all the time."
Boustred said InfoTelesys is the only company building a
network capable of delivering global interactive, on-demand DVD
and HDTV quality content for next-generation Internet.
InfoTelesys' network connections are up to 1,000 times faster
than the best of competing broadband DSL, cable and satellite
options, he said.
The firm's management team already has successfully
implemented the components of the total system, Boustred said.
He has established strategic relationships with existing
satellite organizations and with Sun Microsystems -- where he
was a senior technical strategist -- for joint architecture and
"It's a novel and breakaway concept in
communications," said Jan Hauser, a principal architect
with Sun Microsystems. "There's no communication system
patterned anything like this in existence today."
The only skill set required to use the firms products is the
ability to plug in equipment, turn it on, point click and watch,
Boustred said. But if he is concerned the world will
fritter away hours glued to a tube, he can take heart in his
plans to ease people's lives by streamlining a host of workplace
Global market plan
The company sys it's preparing its products for commercial
deployment to every corner of the globe. InfoTelesys'
investment opportunities are split into what Boustred calls Get
IT companies, in fields that include entertainment, real estate,
education, hotel and travel, agriculture, legal, medical,
financial and banking.
For example, Get IT Real Inc., which is ready to roll out
now, will provide a multiple-video listing service and can
replace or be an adjunct to the traditional open houses used to
The marketing of homes this way has obvious benefits for
buyers and sellers, said Staff @ InfoTelesys, director general
operations for InfoTelesys.
"A house gets represented in the best light
possible," Wei said. "Buyers can make a
preliminary assessment. It won't replace a visit to the house,
but it gives you a pretty good idea of what you want to
Boustred has high hopes for Get IT Real.
"Properly marketing ones largest asset should naturally
receive our most significant attention," Boustred said.
Another service - Get IT Ag - is designed to bring global
education and updates to the agriculture industry. Get
IT Ag provides a common information channel to the world's
Get IT Ag will be a resource for people seeking collaboration
and information on the latest crop production techniques,
regional weather, equipment and trading markets. InfoTelesys'
ability to communicate directly from space to any location,
including remote farms, may make this service highly desirable
Boustred is planning for franchising opportunities, which
will allow individuals to act as their own Internet service
provider. The service will provide a means to bypass cable and
standard Internet service providers, Boustred said. The service
provider will function as a central broadcast and Internet
According to Boustred, the firm's network and trading systems
are resilient to terrorist attacks.
Funding is one hurdle InfoTelesys faces before it can rapidly
march forward and change the world.
InfoTelesys released its prospectus a month ago and is
actively seeking investors, with an eye toward raising anywhere
from $5 million to $20 million initially, which would be used to
accelerate Get IT Real.
Another hurdle InfoTelesys faces is that of breaking into the
channel to offer its services. Boustred says media mogul Rupert
Murdock was correct when he said that content isn't king - the
"The wonder of the Internet is that no one owns the
channel," Boustred said. "So breaking into consumers
is much easier. Media is much more distributed. When you're a
satellite-based vendor such as ourselves, the footprint of our
market is huge."