Magazine article Information Today

Information-Filtering Software from the Internet from Verity

Magazine article Information Today

Information-Filtering Software from the Internet from Verity

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Verity has announced topicAGENT SERVER TOOLKIT 1.0, a product that allows filtering of information on the Internet and in the enterprise for users who don't have time to search for valuable information they might need.

According to Verity, companies and information providers can now leverage topic personal agents to streamline and automate the process of monitoring information sources and delivering relevant information to their users.

"The successful company of the '90s is the well-informed company, whether it's managing e-mail, monitoring live news or financial markets, or delivering, proactive customer service information," said Philippe Courtot, chaiman and CEO of Verity. "With this new release, our partners are able to develop powerful information products using Verity's intelligent agent-based technology to help companies be successful."

The topicAGENT SERVER TOOLKIT contains the Verity search engine, which allows it to filter documents against personal profiles in real time. Users can create personal information agents (topicAGENTS) that watch for interesting, news and deliver it. They can select from a variety of sources, such as World Wide Web sites, e-mail, enterprise databases, newswire feeds, or discussion groups. They can deliver desired information as soon as it arrives or by other delivery mechanisms - such as to a Web page, by e-mail, or by paging devices. Verity's concept-based search technologies allow delivery of the most relevant information to each individual user.

Verity is targeting the following with Intelligent topicAGENTS: * Information publishers such as news

and online services, which now provide

personalized agents that empower

their subscribers by continuously filtering,

retrieving, and delivering information

that satisfies subscribers' personalized

search profiles * Corporations, which can provide their

workforce with Intranet services that

continually monitor industry news and

developments, competitive data, internal

groupware discussions, electronic

mail, and other sources of information

to keep them well-informed * Product vendors, which can deliver

proactive customer support by alerting

customers to new products, updates,

tips, and documentation without

requiring them to call in, based entirely

on each customer's personalized

profile

According to Verity, topicAGENT SERVER TOOLKIT is versatile enough to serve novice as well as sophisticated users. …

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