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New Version of CECID Hermes and ebMail Released and Used by HKSAR Government

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 28 January 2005 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that a new version of our two open source ebXML software, Hermes and ebMail have been released to the ebXML community, The new releases are already being used by the HKSAR Government in one of its joined-up service projects.

In the latest version of Hermes, Hermes 1.0 has added a customizable message dispatching mechanism and improved its SSL (Secure Socket Layer) support to make configuration simpler and more flexible. ebMail 1.2, the new version, supports multiple party IDs handling in ebXML message.

Hermes 1.0 has been adopted by the e-Government Infrastructure Service (EGIS) project to provide secure and reliable connectivity between the HKSAR Government and the business community. Under the Hong Kong Digital 21 Strategy, EGIS is established as an open-standards-based, scalable and flexible service delivery platform for Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and Government-to-Business (G2B) transactions. The purpose is to achieve service integration and transformation towards citizen-centric service delivery with seamless information flow among participating service providers. Business partners who need to connect to EGIS may use the open-source ebMail 1.2 or Hermes 1.0 to exchange electronic documents with B/Ds.

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).

About ebMail (
ebMail is a desktop e-mail client which helps organizations, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SME) in particular, to engage in B2B e-commerce activities. This lightweight toolkit enables trading partners to exchange business documents cost-effectively through email, or ebXML Message Service (ebMS) over Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP). ebMail is a trimmed-down ebMS handler which does not require any application server software and dedicated Internet connection to use ebXML. It allows a user to compose electronic documents offline through graphical user interface (GUI), and send and receive documents when the user is connected to the Internet. Some users of ebMail include HKSAR Government's Department of Health, Hong Kong Observatory and Dagang Net of Malaysia.

Hermes and ebMail are 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 Region on turning R&D results into real-life business applications. CECID's contributions to the community include its code donation of Hermes and ebMail to freebXML ( and the production of an in-depth design and management guide on XML Schemas for the Hong Kong Government. CECID is currently developing a plug-and-play Internet appliance for secure and reliable transmission of electronic documents based on ebXML/ Web Services.

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