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Xenos wins award for Norwegian project

WALTON-ON-THAMES, UK – Xenos Group Inc. announced that it has been named a medallist at the 2008 British Computer Society (BCS) IT Industry Awards. Xenos was recognized for its work providing the secure transfer of data over public networks between 3,000 doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV).

Xenos’ terminalONE Transport technology has been instrumental in NAV’s work to upgrade the communications infrastructure used to connect to its business partners. The initiative is the first large-scale commercial deployment of the ebXML ‘open’ standard, with the resulting Norwegian e-Health Infrastructure replacing the paper-based payments system. It has reduced transaction costs by using public networks while maximizing security and the validity of transactions, the company said.

“We are honoured to be commended by leaders and peers in the industry for what has been a rewarding venture for Xenos,” said Jeff Mills, Managing Director, Xenos EMEA. “This initiative is a great example of the commercial application of a freely available standard and how it can be used effectively in a mission-critical environment once it is in a commercially supportable form.”

A large contributor to the success of the project has been the ongoing relationship between the Xenos team in Norway and NAV. Together a cost-effective solution was found in replacing the proprietary networks and will culminate in the replacement of 17 million paper-based transactions with electronic transmission of prescriptions.

The BCS IT Industry Awards, supported by Intellect and NCC, are the leading hallmark of success amongst practitioners today. The cross industry awards form a central element to the BCS’ professionalism in IT initiative and recognise, promote and acclaim excellence, professionalism, innovation and the outstanding achievements to which individuals and groups contribute.

“The winners and medallists in this year’s Awards are examples of best practice and professionalism and reflect the fact that technology is an integral and expected part of everyday life and is at the heart of literally every business,” said David Clarke, Chief Executive of BCS. “In the current economic situation it is rewarding to see that IT is continuing to lead through innovation and deliver real business benefits.”

Xenos terminalONE Transport is a J2EE software component that enables reliable and secure end-to-end exchange of data over the Internet. It provides a full ebXML Messaging 2.0 implementation, including support for the reliable messaging and security modules. Public Key Infrastructure can be used both at the SSL/TLS transport level, to provide client and server authentication, and at the message content level. For per-partner configuration, the software uses the Collaboration Protocol Agreements (CPA) mechanism. This mechanism is also defined in the ebXML framework and allows interoperability across ebXML implementations.

About Xenos Group Inc.
Xenos (TSX:XNS) is a provider of high-performance software solutions that deliver a superior Return on Information by Streamlining Enterprise Information Supply Chains. The company’s solutions, based on the scalable Xenos Enterprise Server and its components, process, extract, transform, repurpose and personalise high volumes of data and documents for storage, real-time access, ePresentment, printing and delivery in numerous formats across multiple channels. By readily repurposing, integrating with and extending the business value of existing technology, infrastructure and business applications, Xenos solutions empower organisations to adapt to changing market demands. They also improve operational efficiency, enhance business processes, reduce risk for compliance management and increase employee productivity with lowered total cost of ownership both for the enterprise and for its customers. Xenos supports Green IT initiatives by empowering organizations to “Reduce Reuse Recycle” information resources. Xenos customers are among the largest organisations worldwide, spanning numerous industries including financial services and insurance. Xenos has offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and France and a global partner network. For more information, visit