Nissan has set up a new corporate extranet which it claims is one of the largest ever created in the UK.
The car manufacturer's 280 dealers across the country will be connected to the system. The extranet is a corporate intranet which has been opened out to include the dealerships, with firewall protection from the Internet.
The system was designed and installed by the Brilliant Agency, an intranet and Web design specialist. It runs on an ISDN network provided by BT, and makes extensive use of Java applets. Dealers will be able to share resources, including multimedia content, both with each other and with all the departments within the UK branch of the Nissan group.
Setting up the extranet is the first stage in Nissan's revamped UK IT strategy. The company would not reveal its future plans, nor the value of the contract with the Brilliant Agency.
"Broad bandwidth, coupled with Java applets, means we can offer animated images and sound, bringing Web technology to life," said Chris Wills, managing director of the Brilliant Agency. "This is a perfect example of the new digital media age in action, bringing alive that tired, slow-to-load Internet technology we all have so many hopes for."
Duncan Moore, head of IT at Nissan, said: "Nissan's objective is to creatively use technology to deliver a distinctive edge to our products and services.
With this system, we can provide our dealers with information delivered on the best intranet in the industry."
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