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HIGHLAND, UT, September 20, 1999---The Salutation Consortium, a non-profit corporation focused on providing technologies that improve information interchange, announced the addition of two new membership levels and the opportunity for grant funding.


The academic level is now available for individuals at academic or research institutes who have an interest in the consortium's charter. This will provide an opportunity for researchers to influence the development of the Salutation Architecture and allow the Salutation Consortium to become better known in a broader research environment. Membership is free. However, academic members are not allowed to vote on consortium business or hold a board seat.


The honorary membership level may be exchanged with other standards organizations or consortium. Cost of membership is an equal membership level from the interested organization. Honorary members do not hold voting rights nor can they hold a board seat.


The consortium also announced the availability of a membership grant. Existing consortium members and companies interested in becoming members can apply for a one-time grant of $5,000 to be applied against membership fees. The member company must contribute real property to the consortium that can be freely distributed on the Salutation web site. Some examples include Salutation tester software or beta code supporting the Salutation Protocol.


"We understand the need to reach all interested parties in order to achieve true standards acceptance," said Robert Pascoe, president of the Salutation Consortium. "The success of a standard service discovery technology is dependent upon support from both commercial concerns as well as research and academia."


The Salutation Consortium CURRENTLY offers two other membership levels. Core membership is $50,000 annually, offering both a voting rights and a board seat. General membership costs $5,000 annually and provides early access to, and design influence of the Salutation technology.


The Salutation Consortium is a non-profit corporation that promotes and distributes, royalty-free, the Salutation Architecture, a service discovery and session management protocol developed by leading information technology companies.  It is an open standard independent of operating system, communications protocol or hardware platform.


Member companies include Advanced Peripheral Technologies, Axis Communications, Canon, Fuji Xerox, Ltd., Fujitsu Limited, Granite Systems, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Konica, Matsushita Electric Industrial co. Mita Industrial Co., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Murata

Machinery, Ltd., Oki Data Corp., Ricoh Company, Seiko Epson Corp., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Corp., Xerox Corp.


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