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NetAlive Webcasting + Infoglut Control

Overview and Features

NetAlive monitors Web sites that you specify and alerts you of the new and interesting information on them in real time.

Tracks many sources NetAlive tracks online newspapers, home pages, databases, usenet, and custom applications. Sources can be public or inside your corporate firewall. Tracking means NetAlive looks for new text, images, and animations.

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No site preparation required A user can set up NetAlive to monitor any Web site just by entering its address. (A professional can interface non-Web data to NetAlive using any third-party Web middleware or gateway.)

Fast From a standing start over a phone connection NetAlive generates results in about 15 seconds.

Consolidates NetAlive merges all sources into one window -- which displays only the most interesting information.

Concept oriented NetAlive uses software agents to analyze each source. NetAlive agents test information for interest and originality on a concept-by-concept basis.

Automatic age determination NetAlive tracks the "age" of each concept so it can alert you of everything that's new and be silent about everything that's old.

Precise targeting NetAlive's targeting precision benefits both publisher and user. For publishers, NetAlive targets information and advertisements with unprecedented precision. The same features assure that the user will not be overwhelmed by "Infoglut"

Private NetAlive keeps private information entirely on the end-user's computer. Where necessary, NetAlive permits publishers to access this information via software agents, but technical means prevent the information from being removed from the computer.

Alerts NetAlive can be used in several ways: by command, run in the background, and invoked automatically as a "screen saver." (Webmasters can interface NetAlive to special devices, such as pagers, using available design tools and APIs.)

Flexible NetAlive's "Infoglut control agents" can be changed by the user. Every person or company has a different way of handling and organizing communications. Users can adapt to different situations by selecting among different agents. (Corporate IS departments can exert even more control by programming new agents using NetAlive tools.)

Trustworthy NetAlive gets source and Infoglut Control agents from the Web in real time. If you are concerned about whether NetAlive serves your interest as opposed to a competitor's or adversary's, you can post your own agent or get an agent from a source you trust.


Multimedia Show If you are viewing this document via a browser supporting animation, the graphic at the top of the page will animate similarly to one of NetAlive's multimedia briefings. About 15 seconds after starting, NetAlive, it will produce a show like the one above. At this point, NetAlive will have "surfed" several Web sites and identified new and interesting information. Every 30 seconds thereafter, the screen clears and a new batch of interesting information appears. This information may be textual, images, or animations.

Graphical User Interface You can get details on concepts NetAlive finds for you in several ways. NetAlive has a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that lets you review all information quickly and efficiently. Alternatively, you can click on a concept in the news show or GUI and NetAlive will instruct your browser to load the appropriate Web page.

ConfigurationConfiguring NetAlive The animation (right or above) explains NetAlive configuration. NetAlive is a collection of software agents (or applets) that work together to solve a problem. A service's folder has various sections, such as the sources and alerts sections shown. The agents in each section represent a document or program that can be located anywhere on the Web. However, unlike conventional GUI folders, agents communicate with each other as indicated by the red-dotted lines rather than only with the user.

Changing agents with the mouse A user controls NetAlive by changing the agents assigned to the service. To configure NetAlive, the user finds agents with a browser -- as shown in the left of the animation. The user changes agent assignment by dragging an agent with the mouse and dropping it on the screen.

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