CollabWorx Receives US Army Contract to Integrate and Provide XMPP Interoperability between its Secure IM and its Secure Real-Time Collaboration Platform and Jabber IM and Groove Virtual Office

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The contract granted to CollabWorx will provide for the 1st time a seamlessly integrated, secure, interoperable multi-vendor environment covering essentially all aspects of on-line collaboration: instant messaging from Jabber, real-time multi-user audio, video, and rich data collaboration from CollabWorx, and workplace-based collaboration and file exchange from Groove Networks, with the IETF-approved XMPP protocol and collaborative web services concept from CollabWorx providing critical integrative mechanism.

CollabWorx announces that it received a contract whereby the Army Training Support Center (ATSC) has funded the US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to test and conduct an integration project between CollabWorx Secure Real-Time Collaboration (SRTC) Platform, Groove Virtual Office (GVO) and Jabber instant messaging product based on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). Project scope includes the development of an interoperable multi-vendor online collaboration framework and is slated for delivery in April 2006.

Currently at FORSCOM, two or more operational users simultaneously participate in the mission planning process without the need to be co-located linking Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) around the world. FORSCOM (Fort McPherson, GA)continues to pursue operational integration of JITC certified interoperable collaborative tools to support the Defense Collaboration Tool Suite (DCTS). FORSCOM provides an advanced interoperability testbed for collaboration products from many vendors. In spite of an intense effort by Department of Defense spearheaded by CIWG (Collaboration Interoperability Working Group), interoperable collaboration remains elusive, mostly due to lack of necessary standard protocols. The CollabWorx contract will provide for the 1st time a seamlessly integrated, secure, interoperable multi-vendor environment covering essentially all aspects of on-line collaboration including instant messaging from Jabber, real-time multi-user audio, video, and rich data collaboration from CollabWorx, and workplace-based collaboration and file exchange from Groove Networks, with the IETF-approved XMPP protocol and the collaborative web services concept from CollabWorx providing the critical integrative mechanism.

CollabWorx SRTC 3.0 is the only Audio/Videoconferencing solution to successfully pass the rigors of the DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) and receive full Authority to Operate (ATO). Collabworx previously received full ATO on the U. S. Army Training Schools (ATSC) network in Ft. Eustis, VA within US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on August 01, 2005. Also on that date, CollabWorx received a Certificate of Networthiness to run on the US Army's NETCOM networks. Building on this prior achievement, the process to secure approval for an Interim Authority to Operate (IATO) took only a few days and the SRTC software has been installed at FORSCOM Command and Control System (FCCS) inside the domain firewall at Ft. McPherson, GA. CollabWorx expects that its ATO will be extended to the entire integrated platform, thereby providing the US Army with a complete, secure, fully accredited on-line collaboration tool.

SRTC 3.0 strengths include: complete synchronous multipoint collaboration toolset using our patented event-based logic for data sharing; Single Sign On to integrated asynchronous resources; one-click escalation from Instant Messaging to multi-user audio/video and data conferencing; fully transparent end-to-end security eliminating need for Virtual Private Networks; excellent scalability due to the absence of server-based encryption/decryption; automated firewall traversal; superior multipoint video using a fraction of the bandwidth required by competitors’ solutions; extensibility allowing added sharing of complex data such as maps, imagery, media viewers, and 2D/3D models; as well as outstanding capability of the software to be embedded in portals, Learning and Content Management Systems and other web applications.

Founded in 2000, CollabWorx is a developer of cutting-edge enterprise-class real-time collaboration solutions. With HQ in Syracuse, NY, it sells licenses and professional services under GSA Schedule Contract GS-35F-0743R. Its products are available as hosted services, subscriptions, or perpetual licenses. They are also licensed to OEMs and ASPs, where they either embed into their applications or are provided as a standalone application. CollabWorx provides licenses, reseller agreements, consulting services, and software integration services to independent software vendors, ASPs, and system integrators. The Company’s customers include Computer Associates, Sprint, SAIC, CSC, Omega Training, GIST, H-P, C2TI, Raytheon, PEC and Metronet, as well as end-users such as NASA, US Army, and universities.

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