| enerbility Integrated CECID's Hermes for European Energy
Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China/ Vienna - 13 January 2006 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and enerbility software
gmbh of Vienna, Austria, are pleased to announce that the
open source ebXML message service handler, Hermes, has
been integrated in the electronic confirmation matching
system enerbility 2.0.
enerbility 2.0 is the second generation of an ECM-system
developed for the over-the-counter trading in the European
energy industry. It is in use at major energy trading companies
in Europe like E.ON, ATEL, Statkraft and APT.
enerbility focuses on the integration of best-of-breed
third-party components into and around its transactional
XML exchange and processing technology. To comply with
the industry demand for ebXML, enerbility went for Hermes.
In the selection process almost all available ebXML products
have been evaluated and a selected subset has been tested.
Martin Schimak, the engineer evaluating the products,
states: "In our evaluation process, we've considered
all relevant aspects to find the best product concerning
cost-performance ratio. We chose Hermes and are very satisfied
with its stability and performance."
Hannes Stiebitzhofer, CEO of enerbility software gmbh,
adds:"The reliability of Hermes - besides its ebXML
MS 2.0 compliance as tested by ebXML Asia Committee - is
a perfect complement to enerbility, running without any
incidents for months."
CECID is happy about Hermes' first production use
in the European energy trading market. "This is very
encouraging to all of us. enerbility has demonstrated the
use of Hermes in a 'raw material' supply chain.
Without the support of our funding agency, the Innovation
and Technology Commission of Hong Kong, we couldn't
have developed Hermes. On the other hand, today's
Hermes is also the result of contribution by developers
in the open-source community around the world. I'm
very pleased to see Hermes being chosen as the messaging
gateway to facilitate the energy sector," says Dr.
David Cheung, Director of CECID.
Thomas Lee, CTO of CECID,
also responds positively to enerbility's decision. "enerbility is an innovative
and fast-moving company. We are proud that Hermes, an open-source
project that has been downloaded by 80+ economies, is able
to meet enerbility's stringent requirements for performance
and scalability in terms of handling a large number of
messages reliably and securely."
About enerbility software gmbh (www.enerbility.com)
enerbility software gmbh is a dynamic flexible Vienna-based company which emerged
from a pilot project for the development of an Electronic Confirmation Matching
Systems (ECM) based on the EFET (European Federation of Energy Traders) Standard.
enerbility software gmbh was founded in Spring 2004 and is focused on software
development and consultancy for the energy sector.
About CECID (www.cecid.hku.hk)
Established in January 2002, the 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 (http://www.freebxml.org)
and the production of an in-depth design and management guide on XML Schemas
for the Hong Kong Government.
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