SOURCE: Eedo Knowledgeware Corporation

March 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC) Announces New Specification to Revolutionize Offline CMI and Future Communication Architectures

Eedo Spearheads Development That Responds to the Need for Advanced and Mobile Learning

SUGAR CITY, ID -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2007 -- The Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC) announced today that it has released a specification that enables learning management system (LMS) vendors to easily integrate with local (offline) LMS players, resulting in a more flexible learning environment for mobile learners.

Referred to as XML for CMI Communications (CMI-013), the new specification allows the person taking the course to download online course materials and review the online course completely disconnected from the Internet while being tracked by a local version of an LMS. Similar solutions exist but are proprietary. CMI-013 will allow LMS systems to integrate with third-party offline players in a standard way -- greatly expanding interoperability. Offline CMI will be an open, data model agnostic architecture that will work with the AICC/CMI data model, SCORM/IEEE data model, and others as they become available.

"The power and flexibility of this specification is demonstrated by the breadth of the vendor approaches to using it. For example, Eedo anticipates customers to get value from the automatic transfer of data from the offline player to the LMS," said William A McDonald, Chair of the AICC/CMI Subcommittee and Learning Technology Architect for Alteon.

The new specification is the result of efforts by a work group that includes Alteon Participants, Eedo Knowledgeware, and SkillSoft. Working together through the AICC/CMI Subcommittee, the group created a specification that allows the widely used AICC/CMI runtime data model to be formatted in XML for various forms of transport. The XML-based specification will serve as a major building block for the AICC's two major LMS related initiatives, Offline CMI and Simple Deployment Architecture (SDA).

"This new specification meets the evolving needs of today's mobile employees who want instant access to knowledge, wherever they may be," said Kevin Schlipper, Senior Programmer at Eedo Knowledgeware. "Helping to build this specification was a natural step for Eedo. As a developer of learning and knowledge systems, we understand how people learn and how to leverage technology to support that learning."

The AICC is an international association of technology-based training professionals. While its mission is to create open standards for computer-based training in the aviation industry, AICC specifications are designed to be applicable to learning technologies used in multiple industries. AICC pioneered the first runtime data model for LMS.

About the AICC:

Since 1988, the AICC's mission is to provide and promote information, guidelines, and practices that result in the effective implementation of technology-based training. The AICC has long been an advocate of interoperable learning technology. More information is available at the organization's Web site at www.aicc.org.

About Eedo Knowledgeware:

Eedo Knowledgeware is a leading provider of learning and knowledge systems to drive productivity and efficiency. Eedo offers a set of powerful, adaptable and easy-to-use tools for business people and learning experts, addressing practical knowledge management requirements including; learning content management, dynamic delivery, rapid authoring, assessment, knowledge sharing, performance support and indexing and search. Eedo's award-winning products are utilised in a broad range of industries and enterprises such as The Boeing Company, Convergys, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Internal Revenue Service and Lufthansa. Eedo is privately held, with offices in the U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Visit www.eedo.com

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