A pioneer in the field of exchanging contact information in an electronic format, Web start-up Ecode, believes it is on the way to making the address book redundant.
The company is giving away lifelong 'ecodes', Web based address books and business (BizE) cards from its Web site, www.ecode.com.
Rohit Chandra, president and CEO, explained that an ecode is a one-word personal identifier that never changes. Users select a code, enter the contact information - as much or as little as they choose - and the system automatically generates a graphical business card.
This card, called a Biz-E by Ecode, can be exchanged with others to give instant electronic access to each other's contact information. The company currently has this concept patent pending.
A user may create more than one ecode - one for business needs, perhaps, another for personal needs and yet another with a mobile number.
"When a subscriber updates contact information, it is updated automatically in all the address books that contain the ecode," he said.
Ecode requires a Java enabled Web browser and an Internet connection but does not require any software or plug-ins to be installed. Information is housed on a secure network of servers protected by redundant and continuous file back-up.
"Users will no longer have to manage, populate, or update their address books," Chandra said. "Our vision is to utilise the ubiquitous nature of the Web to enable people to stay in touch with each other no matter where in the world they move."
The company pledges to maintain the confidentiality of its subscribers by not selling or distributing individual subscriber information to any third party.
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