Information retrieval company Fulcrum has introduced a new software agent-based service on the Internet called Pointers, which will eliminate the need to trawl through thousands of replies to a Web search.
Using any standard Web browser, users can visit the Pointers Information Centre to input queries on chosen subjects. Fulcrum?s agent technology then creates a profile of the user?s interests, categorises related information held at the information centre and returns a collection of specific information to the user.
Stephen Cole, director of the Pointers project, said: ?Users want to be very specific in their use of the Internet. The advantage of Pointers is that a customised profile of related information is built from your request, so you are only presented with information relevant to your needs.? Costs for joining the Pointers Information Centre start at #955 and the service will start operating in mid-November.
Also this week, Fulcrum introduced a second version of its Fulcrum Find search engine for Microsoft Exchange. The new version allows Exchange users to search on their mailbox folders in conjunction with indexed public folders. An international version will become available next month with additional linguistic tools for multiple languages.
Fulcrum financial results for the third quarter were released on Thursday. Revenue for the quarter was $16.7 million, a 63 per cent increase over the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $1.2 million, or eight cents per share, up 48 per cent. For the nine months, revenue was up 75 per cent to $44.2 million, while net income rose 60 per cent to $2.8 million or 19 cents per share.
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