A ‘transfer accelerator’ technology that improves collaborative working via the internet has been developed by BIW Technologies, a UK software developer and application service provider (ASP).
Originally developed for use in the construction industry, the Accelerated Delivery pack, as it is known is also available for licence by third parties that work in the computer aided design (CAD), electronic document or drawing management sectors.
‘In principle, the Accelerated Delivery technology is generic and not specific to the construction sector, so it could be applied to other industries,’ says BIW Technologies chief executive Colin Smith.
Accelerated Delivery technology combines a differencing technology developed by the company called VDeFT (verifiable delta file transfer), plus other compression techniques. The software condenses file revisions in drawings and other documents to a fraction of their previous size. The result is faster data transfer – up to ten times more so in the case of some files – and less wasted time, more cost savings and better collaboration for geographically dispersed project teams that use the internet for collaborative working.
In addition, the VDeFT system improves security: when a document is sent by this method, the user gets verification that the received file is identical to the sent file, so the user can be sure there has been no interference or breach of security. In addition, security is further assured because a delta file in transit is totally useless to anyone who may intercept it.
BIW Technologies is also launching another option within its Accelerator range of products: Accelerated Publishing for AutoCAD. This speeds up the distribution of drawings for AutoCAD users of BIW’s collaboration system, Information Channel. The new accelerator product automates several tasks currently undertaken manually.