Insider edition

Adacel attracts Intel for e-business pushListed software developer Adacel Technologies has entered an alliance with Intel through which the US chip manufacturer will provide marketing assistance for Adacel's applications in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. A spokesman said the main focus of the alliance would be to establish Adacel's suite of e-commerce products as a leading e-trading environment for Intel's new platform.

Other areas of co-operation include achieving Commonwealth Government Gatekeeper accreditation for Adacel's digital certificate technology for public key infrastructure.

Silvio Salom, managing director of Adacel, said the agreement had the potential to create an e-business software platform alliance that will be poised to gain a leading position internationally. "Combining Intel's architecture with Adacel's leading edge e-business solutions will create a major force in this rapidly growing market," Salom said.

Nortel picked for eCom's voice and data netStart-up broadband carrier eCom Communications has signed up to conduct a ground-breaking trial of Nortel Networks' Local Internet system for a full service voice and data network using voice over DSL. The trial will begin in the very near future and the companies plan to start a national roll-out from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane by June. The service will be offered to SMEs and the SOHO market in small voice and data product bundles.

"We propose to launch our high-performance VoDSL service with complete bundle service bundles. Initially we will offer bundled voice and Internet packages, later expanding to include virtual private networks and other value-added services,"explained Stephen Conlon, CEO of eCom.

A spokesman for Nortel said eCom will be the first company in Australia and one of the first in the world to deploy voice over DSL technology on a large scale.

Oztrak wins big telematics order in IndiaAustralian telematics specialist Oztrak has won a contract worth about $A8 million this year alone to provide a vehicle positioning and communications system for Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries. Oztrak will provide a customised version of its Telematik Service Kit (TSK) which has been beefed up to cope with the harsh operating conditions endured by Reliance's transport fleets.

The TSK system will be integrated with the Reliance GSM network to enable fleet communications and asset management for transport operators, a spokesman explained. Oztrak will spend several months undertaking prototyping, field trials and systems development work, and when the system has been completed the two companies will form a partnership to develop new logistics management applications and technologies.