Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 Supporting AS2 and ebMS
Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 16 December
2005 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID),
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce
Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 (Hermes 2) supporting ebMS
and Applicability Specification (AS2) is available for
download. Thanks to project funding from the HKSAR Government's
Innovation & Technology Commission, the new version
of the messaging gateway has extended secure and reliable
data transmission to users of Electronic Data Interchange
(EDI) and other business-to-business data.
Released under GNU
General Public License,
Hermes 2 and its source code can be downloaded for free
from Freebxml and
Community support is
provided through the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org.
Users and OEMs can also obtain professional support from
Hermes' first value-added partner, iASPEC
A non-GPL enterprise edition, with extra features like
message status query capabilities and a Web-based GUI administrative
tool for easy configuration and management of the messaging
gateway, is expected to be made available by iASPEC in
1Q2006. This enterprise edition will free commercial license
customers from GPL's requirement of distributing
their proprietary source code.
For users requiring only ebMS messaging capabilities,
Hermes 1 is still available at Freebxml under Academic
Free License with community support provided through email@example.com.
Completed the AS2 Interoperability Testing AS-1Q05 with
29 other participants (http://ebusinessready.org/as2.html)
organized by U.S. leading testing company, Drummond Group
Inc., 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.
The AS2 standard, commonly used in supply chains by large
retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, is often regarded
as the “EDI over Internet” standard. This latest
version of Hermes facilitates large as well as small enterprises
to exchange EDI or other business-to-business data with
their partners and customers. It operates as a Java web
application. The ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) and AS2
messaging capabilities are facilitated by the corresponding
plugins, which can be easily developed by users through
Hermes’ Simple Plugin Architecture specification.
The messaging operation requires a database with JDBC connectivity
to keep track of the messaging status.
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.
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, 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
About Hermes 1 (www.cecid.hku.hk/hermes1.php)
In compliance with OASIS ebXML Message Service (ebMS*) standard, Hermes 1 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. Available under Academic Free License, developers from 80+
economies have downloaded Hermes’ source code. Hermes 1 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. Besides
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.
PR Contacts for Press and Analysts
Dorris Tai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID)
Dept. of Computer Science
The University of Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2859 2818
Fax: +852 2547 4611