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Australia's e-BILL Signs With @Work Technologies

@Work Technologies Inc. said that e-BILL Pty Ltd., a unit of Hermes Precisa Pty. Ltd., Australia's largest producer of bills and statements, has licensed its WorkOut Internet Billing and Statement Distribution System.

New York City-based @Work is a provider of electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

e-BILL said it will use WorkOut to provide its EBPP service to some of the largest telecommunications companies, utilities and financial service organizations in the Southern Hemisphere. HPA currently produces hundreds of millions of paper bills per year and about 5 percent of the total mail volume handled by the Australia Postal Service.

The WorkOut architecture provides Internet billing functions that include data extraction, print stream parsing, bill document management, customer service, enrollment, payment processing and visual tools for rapid Web site creation and administration.

"We selected WorkOut principally because of the product's highly scalable distributed architecture and broad range of functionality," said Rob Charlton, general manager of e-BILL.

"WorkOut will enable e-BILL, working with HPA and Australia's other major billing service providers, to quickly Internet-enable these bills, which will generate the critical mass required to make mass adoption of Internet billing a reality in Australia," said Jim Flynn, chief executive officer of @Work Technologies.