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Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 Supporting AS2 and ebMS Released

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 CECID. Community support is provided through the mailing list

Users and OEMs can also obtain professional support from Hermes' first value-added partner, iASPEC Technologies. 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

Completed the AS2 Interoperability Testing AS-1Q05 with 29 other participants ( 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 (
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 (
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.

About Hermes 1 (
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.

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The University of Hong Kong
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