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February 12, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

The UK company doesn’t seem to know anything about it, but ICL France has launched a multi-standard multi-lingual viewdata monitor that runs on a server under Unix. Called Aviso, for Advanced Videotex Software, the monitor runs on ICL’s DRS 400 and DRS 500 Unix machines, and implements the three most widely-used standards – Prestel-derived CEPT 1, the French Teletel-based CEPT 2, and CEPT 3, which is apparently the West German BTX standard rather than the North American Presentation-Level Protocol Syntax, NAPLPS. The Aviso system, jointly developed with Softec SA of Paris, effectively merges the functionality of ICL’s Prestel-compatible Bulletin and Teletel-compatible Monitex, and will add CEPT 3. Initially available in French and Italian versions, it will appear in English, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian this year, enabling ICL to go after the viewdata market on a European scale before taking off after business in the US, the Far East and Africa. The initial vers ion of Aviso supports simply Telet el and ASCII terminals, and takes from 16 to 400 concurrent users according to the processor size. Prestel is due to be added in April and CEPT 3 in October. ICL hopes to become viewdata market leader with 600 systems, worth UKP100m, in by 1992, with software sales alone accounting for UKP15m of the total.

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