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Advances in agent platforms

One of the first objectives of the Agentcities. RTD project was to ensure that different implementations of the FIPA standard could interoperate. In order to achieve this, a Test Suite was created. It is a tool, available on the web, that allows testing the main interoperability features of FIPA platforms. The implementations of the FIPA standard used in the project were consequently improved to allow smooth interoperation. In turn, the feedback of this experience allowed the FIPA standard to be refined. Finally, considering the success of the deployment of the Agentcities network, several platform developers added FIPA-compliance in order to connect to Agentcities.

This resulted in the following outcome:

- A Test Suite that allows testing the main interoperability features of any platforms. The Test Suite remains available on the web for public use.
- A wider choice of FIPA-compliant platforms, with different types of license, allowing each to choose the best-suited platform and enhancing competition between the platforms.
- An overall better experience in FIPA platforms interoperation. This makes deployment of applications in the network more realistic.

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