Hewlett-Packard (HP) said on Tuesday that it plans to make the source code for its espeak technology available to developers in early December.
The company also announced that it was working with Ericsson and Telia on a joint pilot programme to run Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) based mobile Internet eservices on its espeak platform.
HP defines an eservice as any "asset you can make available by the Net," but acknowledged it was not the Lone Ranger in this market and that its eservices initiative would require a broad scope of partners.
Rajiv Gupta, general manager of HP's Open Service Operations and lead architect of espeak technology, said: "HP is providing the technology for creating a new breed of intelligent services and appliances. We aim to make it possible for requests for services to be automatically brokered, bid and transacted on the Net."
As a result, he company plans to make its espeak source code available at www.e-speak.net on 8 December and will enable programmers to sign up for its new espeak developer's programme.
This will provide them with tools, a network of other developers to communicate with, a technical Webcast series, a newsgroup, discussion groups and an "Ask the Architect" discussion forum. Gupta said the developer site would also be linked to the espeak open source site.
At the same time, HP also launched a pilot project, which is scheduled to go live by the middle of next year, to create a dispatching service for businesses. Telia will deploy espeak in its mobile network, while Ericsson will provide WAP based packages, application development skills and WAP enabled terminals.
When the project is completed, the three companies plan to launch a series of espeak enabled wireless eservices, an automated scheduling service and a corporate directory service.
Jean Bozman, an analyst with IDC, said, "HP did not take full advantage of the internet Chapter one. It wants to make sure it doesn't make that mistake with Chapter two. Eservices is a way to organise what it has not done to fit with the trend."
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