Sun Microsystems' Javasoft unit has launched its Java Commerce Toolkit to enable users to undertake electronic commerce over the Internet.
The product, which goes into alpha release in January for general shipment in April, will be targeted particularly at banks keen to push into the home banking market, and at merchants.
The Java Commerce Toolkit comprises three elements. The first is a customisable template, attached to a back end database that can store a customer?s details and history. This incorporates the transaction layer that enables commerce to take place.
The Java Wallet element is a graphical user interface that displays payment options such as electronic cheques or credit cards, while Java 'cassettes' or small applications, written by suppliers such as Mondex, plug in to either the Wallet or online merchant and banking servers to enable online transactions such as payment.
Amy Porter, Javasoft?s European marketing manager, said: ?We?ve restricted ourselves to one piece of the electronic commerce puzzle, which is the transaction level where Sun?s traditional strengths lie. We have no plans to do fulfilment, for example, but this is the beginning and you can expect to see more products coming down the line in the next three to six months.?
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