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CECID Hermes H2O Facilitates Reliable Data Exchange for Supply Chain Integration in European Telecommunications Industry

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China – 10 July 2009 – Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 (H2O) has been deployed in a supply chain management system by Connectiv-IT , a French consulting firm specialized in leading collaborative supply chain projects for large companies. Connectiv-IT leveraged CECID's Hermes H2O to implement a B2B integration solution between two European leading mobile phone companies. The system is in production, with about 1,000 business documents being sent and received through Hermes H2O each day.

The project involved a world leader mobile phone company and its subcontractor, a French original design mobile manufacturer. To enable efficient and collaborative supply chain management, there is a need to exchange all the business documents (e.g. purchase orders and dispatch advices) based on RosettaNet format (GS1 B2B standard for IT and Telco industry) between the two companies. Guaranteed, secured and trusted message exchange is practically crucial in this Telco context. It is because the documents may involve legal content requiring security and confidentiality procedures such as authentication, encryption and electronic signature. And some documents are closely linked to the physical flows of materials or finished goods and have a high business impact. For example, if the dispatch advice message has not been properly received and processed by their factories in China , this may generate expensive costs due to over delays on product deliveries from China to France .

Thanks to CECID Hermes H2O, Connectiv-IT proposed a full B2B solution, Connect-TELCO, at a considerably low cost, yet achieved a same level of services compared with those commercial counterparts available in the market. Supporting both ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) and Applicability Specification 2 (AS2), Hermes H2O was chosen to be served as the reliable messaging gateway for this supply chain management system. The project leader of Connectiv-IT explained that the major reasons for using Hermes H2O were due to its cost of ownership, performance and reliability to fulfill the project requirements. The Hermes H2O integration was facilitated by the use of Web Services and the open source community support from the CECID Team. He added that, “Throughout the implementation process, the integration of H2O was very smooth. Our client benefits today from a reliable messaging system together with a global B2B platform fully integrated with ERP. Drawing on success model of this project, we are working on two similar business cases and will recommend our clients to utilize Hermes H2O.” The project team in CECID is delighted to learn about the surge of interest and adoption of open source software in the commercial sector and shall continue to be devoted to share its R&D results foster the development of the open source community.


About Hermes (

First version released in June 2002, Hermes has since become a popular and awards-winning open source solution for organizations to exchange information in ebXML Messaging (ebMS) or Applicability Specification 2 (AS2) format with their business partners. The latest version, H2O (H-two-oh), replaces two predecessors (H2CE and H2EE) with additional tools and a full set of documentation to make configuration and administration even more easily. H2O and its source code ( are released under GNU General Public License Version 2. Users and developers can get community support through the mailing list To enhance support to H2O users, many useful information and articles ranging from technical issues to general usage of H2O in different platforms can be obtained from CECID open-source community website ( In addition, CECID's VARs provide professional support to save users time. Requests can be sent to

About CECID (

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.

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