NIST network coordinates its projects via IM

A federally funded network of manufacturers and business advisers has begun using instant messaging to coordinate projects.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is using Web enterprise messaging software from Bantu Inc. of Washington and portal technology from YellowBrix Inc. of Alexandria, Va.

The Java-based client, accessible from a password-protected partnership site, has signed up 113 IM accounts for advisers and manufacturing specialists involved in the partnership's 360vu network, at

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