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Trial application of the European computerized reservation and information systems ECRIS in Austria and Germany


ECRIS is a computerised reservation and information system. This system is designed to enable tourist customers to gain information about regions, destinations, service providers from a tourist board or travel agency and/or to book a tourist service and make all the necessary payment transactions associated with it. The project is founded on product design and development using new object-oriented and distributed software technologies.

ECRIS is a client/server system, where the server and the clients can be found in the local or regional tourist boards or in the associated information centres. Every one of these clients enables a customer to book, pay and receive a voucher for any room stored in the server's database. ECRIS is the first project that uses ORBIS to handle interprocess communication between client and server according to CORBA 2.0 standard. Each of the hotels participating in the ECRIS system has a database, which provides current data on the hotel against payment. Since this new technology for interprocess communication has not been used in productive applications, ECRIS will be tested with two pilot customers, TIBS Stuttgart and the Sölden tourist board.

Two companies will participate in the ECRIS project: Siemens will provide the migration and implementation and START the know-how, particularly with respect to reservation and information. The trial application is divided into the following five work packages:

1. Migration of the systems;
2. Execution of trial - Installation;
3. System test at user;
4. Analysis for optimisation of functionality;
5. Adaptation and additional development.

This approach is to demonstrate the suitability of the technology and development environment used for the defined product requirements, to gain data and experience about a new product concept, and its acceptance by the customers of the tourism market (both providers and consumers).

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Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Osterreich
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Siemensstrasse 90
1210 Wien

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