Autonomy has launched a range of intelligent push technology products which "learn" patterns of user behaviour in order to deliver relevant information direct to the desktop.
The server-based based products, called Agentware i3, use agents which go out and scour the Web or a corporate intranet for information based on criteria set by the user or network manager. The information is then pushed to the user's desktop where it can appear in the form of Email, or the user can visit a personal Autonomy Web page for updates.
What is unusual about Autonomy's version of push technology is that the agents learn from users' patterns of usage. Each agent observes a user's area of interest and comes up with recommendations for related information.
The agent evolves as the user works with the software.
"User preferences are derived from what users actually do rather than what they say they do," said Richard Gaunt, technical director at Autonomy.
"It's narrow in the sense that it restricts the information it pushes to the subjects the user has set, but it's broad in its understanding of that concept. Because it's an understanding agent, it brings better responses in the form of information you wouldn't have expected to receive."
The Agentware i3 software will be sold to large corporates. It has already been adopted by Barclays Bank, which is using it on its intranet. Exact pricing has yet to be announced, but Gaunt said a typical corporate installation would cost tens of thousands of pounds.
The first product in the portfolio to be released will be the Personalised Content Push Server, which will ship from 15 April.
Autonomy also sells its software to content providers, who use it to allow subscribers to have relevant information pushed to their desktops.
The company recently set up a service with LineOne, an Internet service run by News Corporation and British Telecom.
Autonomy, based in Cambridge, was spun-off in March last year from Cambridge Neurodynamics. The new products are based on intelligent software and neural network technology from its parent company developed over the past six years.
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