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Implementation of NDM-U 2.0 Specification Members to Demonstrate Implementation of NDM-U 2.0 Specification

ACE*COMM, Info Directions and Virtual Summit Align to Highlight Specification's Effectiveness for Service Providers

MCLEAN, VA., and GAITHERSBURG, MD. March 14, 2001.

Today, the Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization ( will be showcasing a demonstration of systems interoperating using the Network Data Management -- Usage (NDM-U) Specification Version 2.0. The demonstration is being supported by ACE*COMM, Info Directions, and Virtual Summit. It will take place at the TeleStrategies Value-Based IP Billing Seminar March 14-15, 2001 in Washington, DC.

The group of three companies will show how the NDM-U specification can be used to deliver a robust Carrier Grade, Next-Gen BSS/OSS solution. The overall objective of the demonstration is to provide exciting demonstrations using next-generation data services that highlight the effectiveness of the standard, and to show how providers are able to cost-effectively offer next- generation services as the industry adopts the standard.

"It is always exciting for to see companies demonstrating the completed work done within the organization," said Dr. Matthew Lucas, President of "The NMD-U specification is beginning to be seen as the industry's way forward, and these companies are at the forefront."

The demonstration will focus on the Video on Demand (VoD) service, and will show the download and playing of a VoD video displayed on an Internet terminal. From there, the customer will be able to follow the process through to the creation of the final invoice for the content data service. It will show how the process can be monitored, tested and validated. Each company will highlight its own products and show how they enable this high-level of interoperability.

About Info Directions

Info Directions develops convergent rating, billing and customer care software solutions for the integrated communications marketplace. Delivering Oracle and MS SQL solutions, Info Directions is the most installed billing solution in North America. Privately held, Info Directions licenses its products from its headquarters bordering Rochester, NY, and has regional offices throughout North America. See

About Virtual Summit

Virtual Summit Inc. specializes in productivity and diagnostic solutions for IPDR and other XML based applications. Apex is a flexible, scalable testbed capable of supporting all aspects of IPDR. It features traffic pattern modeling and generation, packaged test suites, complete statistical reporting, automated test facilities and more. Virtual Summit makes the development, installation, and deployment of IPDR easier, faster, and less expensive. See

About was formed to help facilitate the exchange of service usage data between network elements, operations support systems, and business support systems. is a collaborative effort made up of Service Providers, Equipment Vendors, System Integrators, Billing and Mediation Vendors. The primary goal is to define an open, extensible, flexible record that encapsulates the essential parameters for any IP transaction. Charter Members include: Accenture, ACE*COMM, Agilent, Amdocs, AP Engines, Apogee Networks, Aptis Inc., AsiaInfo, AT&T, Clarent, Convergys, Digiquant, ECtel, EDB4tel, empowerTel Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Intec Telecom Systems, Intel, IP23, Lucent Technologies, Narus, Savera, SCC Communications, Sema Telecom, Sprint PCS, Telesens, TeleStrategies, Telus, Xacct. See


ACE*COMM is a global leader in enterprise network management applications and advanced Convergent Mediation products for wired and wireless voice, data, and Internet communications providers. Our proven technology enables the capture, security, validation, correlation, augmentation, and warehousing of data from all network elements and distributes it in appropriate formats to all types of OSS (Operations Support Systems) and BSS (Business Support Systems) operations. Our solutions are tailored to each customer's needs, providing the analytical tools to extract knowledge from their networks-- knowledge they use to reduce costs, accelerate time-to-market for new products and services, generate new sources of revenue, and push forward with next- generation initiatives. For more than 20 years, ACE*COMM technology has been effectively deployed in over 3000 installations in more than 65 countries worldwide, adding to the success of a broad range of customers and partners such as Marconi, Motorola, General Dynamics, TRW Inc., Portal, and Siemens. ACE*COMM is a registered ISO 9001 quality standard company.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: " Network Data Management Usage Specification."

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