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Subject: Hermes 2 Non-GPL Enterprise Edition Released

Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 Enterprise Edition Available

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China – March 23, 2006 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and iASPEC Technologies announce the release of Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 Enterprise Edition (Hermes 2 EE). With the GPL community edition released last December, this non-GPL enterprise edition comes with additional features including an installation wizard, message status query capabilities, and a Web-based administrative tool for easy configuration and management of the messaging gateway. Full documentation - an installation guide, configuration guide, admin tool user guide, plug-in development guide and technical reference of Hermes 2 – is bundled with the Enterprise Edition, along with iASPEC’s Silver Support Service. The whole package helps users to get Hermes up and running more quickly and to develop applications efficiently. It also frees OEMs and service providers from GPL's requirement of distributing their proprietary source code. Hermes 2 EE can be obtained through iASPEC Technologies (http://www.iaspec.com/Hermes2.htm).

Completed Drummond Group’s AS2 Interoperability Testing AS-1Q05 (http://ebusinessready.org/as2.html), Hermes 2 enables real-time communication through HTTP or HTTPS to transmit data over the Internet. Besides, it provides security for the transport payload through Secure Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME), digital signatures and encryption, while reliability and non-repudiation are achieved through the use of receipts. It operates as a Java web application. The ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) and AS2 messaging capabilities are facilitated by the corresponding plug-ins, which can be easily developed by users through Hermes’ Simple Plug-in Architecture specification. The messaging operation uses a database with JDBC connectivity to keep track of the messaging status.

About CECID (www.cecid.hku.hk)

Established in January 2002, Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong conducts e-commerce research and development with the vision of helping organizations increase their competitiveness in the global economy. CECID develops e-commerce enabling technologies, participates in important international e-commerce initiatives, as well as supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID also takes on the mission to transfer knowledge and technology to the community. Besides organizing forums and seminars, the Center licenses its R&D results through the University of Hong Kong to IT industry. Its acclaimed e-commerce technology, Hermes, has penetrated over 80 economies and won the Best Infrastructure and Communication Application of the Linux Business Award 2005 as well as Certificates of Merit of the Asia-Pacific ICT Awards 2004 and HK Computer Society IT Excellence Award 2004.

About iASPEC (www.iaspec.com)

iASPEC is an IT consulting and software services firm headquartered in Hong Kong. Since its founding in 1988, the Company has built a solid reputation with proven track records in serving its local and international customers. The Company has subsidiaries and associated firms in Mainland China and the United States of America. Leveraging on the combined strength of its multi-location operations, iASPEC provides innovative software products, high-quality IT consulting and professional services to its clients in these expanded regions.

PR Contacts for Press and Analysts:
Dorris Tai (cwtai@cecid.hku.hk)
Business Manager
Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID)
Dept. of Computer Science
The University of Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2859 2818
Fax: +852 2547 4611
URL: http://www.cecid.hku.hk

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