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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