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CECID Hermes Released

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 15 August 2005 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that a new version of our open source ebXML software, Hermes has been released to the ebXML community, Thanks to code and requirement contributions by developers around the world, Hermes has been continuously improving its quality and performance. CECID would like to thank all the contributors to this new release of Hermes.The list of contributors is recognized in the copyright notice of the software.

Other than some bugs fixing, a few enhancement features are included in Hermes Firstly, Hermes will reject self-signed certificate when verifying digital signature. This new feature is to prevent a potential problem which may occur when somebody uses a self-signed certificate to spoof someone else with a correct application context. Secondly, compared with previous version, Hermes’s performance is enhanced when large payload is received. Thirdly, Hermes makes use of prepared statement to enable database access optimization in some cases. Last but not least, some coding has been rearranged in Hermes to avoid overloading of database connection pool.

About Hermes (
Hermes is a Business-to-Business (B2B) Messaging Server which provides a standardized, reliable and secure infrastructure for enterprises to exchange business data on the Internet. Developers from 80+ economies have downloaded Hermes’ source code. Hermes has many successful use cases, most of which are innovative, cost-effective applications used by enterprises for exchange of business documents such as POs and invoices. Some local users of Hermes include MTRC, OOCL, Sony, HMV, and HKSAR Government's Marine Department. Besides accreditation by the ebXML Asia Committee with Level 2 and 3 ebXML Asia Interoperability Certificates, Hermes has won Certificates of Merit (Product Category) at the 6th HK Computer Society IT Excellence Awards and the Asia-Pacific ICT Awards 2004 (R&D Category). Recently, Hermes has won the Grand Award in Infrastructure Building and Communication Application of Hong Kong Linux Business Award 2005. Hermes is professionally supported by CECID. Different support packages covering installation, connectivity, integration, enhancement and plug-ins development are available to cater to different needs. Visit to learn more about the support.

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, supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region, and transfers e-commerce technology and skills to the community. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID is an active member of OASIS and the ebXML Asia Committee. The Center also collaborates with a number of lead technology users in the Asia-Pacific.

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