|ActiveBuddy, Inc., a provider of interactive agent technology, has
announced that a group of leading-edge developers has been granted early
access to its software-development tools and deployment servers. International
advertising agency OgilvyOne Worldwide and the Reuters Group are among
the online developers and enterprises that are currently creating and deploying
interactive agents with the BuddyScript SDK (software development kit)
and BuddyScript Server. These products will be released for wide distribution
during the second quarter of this year.
ActiveBuddy software products enable companies to create interactive
agents, which engage users in conversations and provide them with information
and services over text-messaging platforms. ActiveBuddy interactive agents
are applications that deliver content and services to instant message (IM)
windows. Users can add themto their instant messenger buddy lists as they
would any fellow IM user, then make conversational requests.
According to the announcement, the BuddyScript SDK provides everything
a developer needs to build an agent. The BuddyScript Server enables a company
to host an agent, making it available over virtually any text-messaging
network. The same tools that ActiveBuddy is providing to outside developers
were used to build and deploy SmarterChild, the company's demonstration
agent, which has interacted with over 8 million IM users since its launch
Early developers include some corporations that are creating interactive
agents for enterprise applications. According to the announcement, BuddyScript
Server allows organizations to deploy interactive agents on public or private
networks, offering employees and business partners fast, easy access to
internal information and services. Natural language queries from thousands
of users can be handled by one physical server, which provides query processing,
message routing, access to multiple data sources, user-profile management,
and formatting tailored to the end-user's messaging platform. BuddyScript
Server simultaneously handles requests from multiple messaging services,
both desktop- and wireless-based.
Source: ActiveBuddy, Inc., New York, 646/486-8700; http://www.activebuddy.com.