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Network Commerce Finds a Search Solution

Verity Inc. said that e-commerce enabling company Network Commerce has signed on to use its strategic e-commerce knowledge retrieval solutions.

Network Commerce is using the scaleable Verity K2 Toolkit as an information processing and linguistic analysis solution. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

The Verity K2 Toolkit allows brokered searches across multiple servers and multiple CPUs.

The toolkit is currently deployed at b2bNow.com, a business-to-business marketplace and directory featuring over 610,000 businesses in 260 international markets, and at ShopNow.com, a shopping network and directory featuring over 60,000 merchants and over 11,000 affiliate sites. Both operations are divisions of Network Commerce.

"Our mission is to empower businesses by providing the technology, services and commerce networks needed to successfully conduct e-commerce. Search is a strategic piece of that puzzle," said Dr. Ganapathy Krishnan, chief technology officer of Network Commerce.

"Verity's advanced query language enables us to take user ratings of merchants and use them to weight the search results. This helps other customers find the merchants and products that best meet their needs," Krishnan said.

Network Commerce not only builds Web sites and provides consulting services, but it also maintains its own Web properties and online marketplaces.

Verity markets software for building custom knowledge retrieval applications, helping customers to analyze and refine their Web-based searches. Verity's technology uses a combination of full text, metadata and knowledge-based methods to index and retrieve textual information stored in a variety of formats across corporate intranets and the Internet, and it enables the relevance ranking of selected information.

Network Commerce's core infrastructure technology, services and commerce applications are known as the Network Commerce CommerceSuite. The company also operates BottomDollar.com, a comparison shopping network; SpeedyClick.com, a commerce-enabled entertainment community; FreeMerchant.com, a business and merchant store builder with over 100,000 hosted businesses; and Ubarter.com, a business-to-business barter exchange network.



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