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The U.S. Army has announced its selection of the Bantu Instant Messaging Exchanging text messages in real time between two or more people logged into a particular instant messaging (IM) service. Instant messaging is more interactive than e-mail because messages are sent immediately, whereas e-mail messages can be queued up in a mail server for seconds or  and Presence Platform for its Army Knowledge Online (AKO Ako (äkō`), city (1990 pop. 51,131), Hyogo prefecture, W Honshu, Japan, on the Harima Sea. Relying on its steel and chemical industries, Ako has become one of Japan's most polluted industrial cities. ) portal site Noun 1. portal site - a site that the owner positions as an entrance to other sites on the internet; "a portal typically has search engines and free email and chat rooms etc. . The fully integrated Instant Messaging (IM) application will be available by early September, and the portal is expected to have over 3 million users by 2003. Setting the standard for security and reliability, Bantu is the leading provider of business-grade IM and presence solutions for enterprises and government agencies.

"Presence and IM will be integral components of the Army's online knowledge-management initiative," said Colonel Robert Coxe, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Army. "Bantu's highly secure tools will enable AKO users worldwide to share enterprise information instantly and easily in a fully encrypted en·crypt  
tr.v. en·crypt·ed, en·crypt·ing, en·crypts
1. To put into code or cipher.

2. Computer Science
 environment." By integrating presence technology into AKO, portal members will be able to see which colleagues are online and available to communicate. The AKO portal is one facet of the Army's effort to use information technology to leverage system-wide innovation in services, processes and knowledge creation.

"The Army's thorough evaluation and approval of Bantu's platform - particularly our patent-pending security -- validates the impact a secure IM solution can have in the government market, " said Larry Schlang, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Bantu. "Their desire to integrate Bantu into the AKO also demonstrates the power of IM in large organizations seeking more efficient ways to collaborate. We're finding that corporations, government agencies and educational institutions are seeing this value more than ever before."

Bantu's contract with the Army includes the installation of the IM and Presence Platform in the Army's secure environment to be accessed by both classified and unclassified un·clas·si·fied  
1. Not placed or included in a class or category: unclassified mail.

 personnel. Bantu will also provide presence and IM within the Army White Pages, a worldwide locator service providing contact information for anyone with an AKO account.
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Title Annotation:Government Activity
Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 13, 2001
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