enerbility integrated CECID's Hermes for European Energy Trading

HONG KONG / VIENNA, January 12th, 2006: The Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) of 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."

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