Hermes 2 Open Source New Release

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China – 11 May 2007 – Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce a new open source version of Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 (H2O) will be released on 1 June 2007, to replace the two current editions of Hermes (H2CE and H2EE). Thanks to project funding from the HKSAR Government’s Innovation & Technology Commission, more features and functionality of Hermes are available as open source to users and developers of business-to-business integration and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Besides supporting ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) and Applicability Specification 2 (AS2), H2O will provide additional tools and a full set of documentation to make configuration, and administration even more easily. The new release will include an installation wizard, web-based GUI admin tool, message status query capabilities, and documentation of an installation guide, configuration guide, admin tool user guide as well as the plug-in development guide.

H2O and its source code will be released under GNU General Public License Version 2. Users and developers can get community support through the mailing list

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. Hermes 2 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 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, as well as supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID also takes on the mission to transfer knowledge and technology to the community. Besides organizing forums and seminars, the Center licenses its R&D results through the University of Hong Kong to IT industry. Its acclaimed e-commerce technology, Hermes, has penetrated over 80 economies and won the Best Infrastructure and Communication Application of the Linux Business Award 2005 as well as Certificates of Merit of the Asia-Pacific ICT Awards 2004 and HK Computer Society IT Excellence Award 2004.

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The University of Hong Kong
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