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InterGate - INTERNET SERVER

 

InterGate forms a Gateway between the TIMDMS and the Internet, processing both outgoing and incoming data using standard e-mail protocols. The following text describes how the program provides functions for managing accommodation information from remote computers and how it provides e-mail and web interfacing to Desktop PC's. The InterGate program can either reside on a single tourism computer or network. The only requirement is an Internet connection.

Availability:
In terms of 'on-line' Availability the InterGate will intercept incoming data (mail) from the AIM (Accommodation Information Management) program used by accommodation providers (AP's). The program can be scheduled to collect and deliver 'mail' at any timescale, which means your accommodation information could be updated every minute. InterGate will integrate fully into your council's mail service or can use your own desktop Internet Service Provider (ISP). Essentially once installed and configured the program works entirely in the background and needs no further input. This process will automatically populate accommodation databases with 'availability', 'price/rates', 'room/unit' information' and 'special offers', provided direct from AP's or web sites. A full log is kept of all InterGate activities for monitoring user activity.

The InterGate uses standard e-mail protocols, which means that data can be processed simultaneously from any AP with AIM, not just those in your local area. It would therefore be a simple process for districts to work together to hold common accommodation data. For example; an AP in one district electing to update his availability and pricing for Christmas 2002 could not only populate the local Tourism Database, but also databases in any other area. There are no limits to the range of this facility.

E-Mail:
The system also provides full e-mail functionality from all TIM modules. This facility can operate from a single computer or from all computers logged onto the same network. The only requirement is that at least one PC has Internet access. The facility will operate from wherever an e-mail address is present in the databases. Clicking on the button (next to the address) will activate an e-mail text window. Any text entered in this window will be e-mailed automatically on completion. This facility performs specific functions in servicing Accommodation Reservations. In this module confirmations can be e-mailed direct to clients, and automatically to accommodation providers, all as part of the reservation process.

Web:
The Gateway can also send and receive data from web sites, typically this can be used for processing enquiries and information requests but it can also deliver availability and other dynamic information.


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