Travel body the Federated European Tourism Information Service Harmonization (Fetish) is using Java-based networking technology to build an online community of travel service providers across Europe.
The project applies Sun Microsytems' Jini dynamic networking technology within a Java web services framework to link existing European travel services offered by different providers.
Each disparate IT platform would be connected via a single decentralised network.
"Our architecture dramatically cuts down on administration load by acting as a self-contained, decentralised network that continuously adapts to new standards, new services and fluctuating network availability," said Andrea Nicolai, chief executive at Italian non-profit organisation T6, and Fetish project co-ordinator.
"It also has self-healing capabilities so that, if a software component failed, it would be able to recover itself and continue running."
Mark Bauhaus, vice president for Java web services at Sun, added: "Jini technology is a compelling part of the larger Java ecosystem.
"Java developers can use Jini in conjunction with other popular development styles to create dynamic network computing systems that enable customers to get to market quickly as well as deploy and manage new or modified services with no interruption to clients."
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