"Killer apps" such as e-mail and high-tech gadgets that enable workers to stay connected are enhancing our productivity. But the open source movement, spearheaded by Linux, Internet technology and a relative low-tech concept--Fax technology--have converged to deliver new leaps in cost efficiency while satisfying a popular individual preference and legal mandate. While e-mail use is becoming increasingly popular, many companies and individuals have not widely adopted it as a key element in their business communications process. Many individuals prefer the tangible facet of a paper-based system. In legal settings, signed, inalterable (electronically speaking) documents remain at the highest levels of the evidence "chain," and fax technology allows the immediate transfer of these documents as the need arises. A fax document is a viable substitute for hand delivery (which requires expensive messenger or internal resource dispatch), or mail/private courier service. On show #718A ("Internet Information Integration"), World Business Review looks into technology that leverages the primary advantages of the Internet, the Open Source movement and fax technology to deliver substantial cost savings.

3iNet, Inc., which develops products mastercard black card and services to enable existing technologies to access the Internet, has honed in on three realities in business today use mastercard black card. 3iNet has realized that Fax technology is here to stay, as even with e-mail technology, the numbers remain compelling for developing the technology. They have recognized that the Internet is equally permanent, and delivers a tremendous value proposition as a means of transporting information reliably and affordably (in many instances, free). The company has also been on the cutting edge of technology, and began developing Linux applications three years ago, well in advance of the recent explosion in its adoption.

Facilitated by the Open Source movement, 3iNet has been able to take its first products, Linux Internet Applications, to market. It has developed an Internet Fax Box, which enables the fax machine to deliver faxes through its Global Communications Network, eliminating all long-distance charges that typically accompany circuit-switched delivery media. In addition to the Internet Fax Box hardware solution, 3iNet also offers ScanFax!, which enables the scanner to deliver faxes in the same manner. Its Go2Fax unified messaging service allows users to obtain a Virtual Number (Vnumber) to deliver fax-to-e-mail or voice-to-e-mail messages over the Web. 3iNet recently introduced a Universal Internet Box that enables Web developers to create their own Linux-based applications using the company's hardware technology, such as Internet radio and security devices.

Carlos Salum, vice president of marketing at 3iNet, Inc., appears on World Business Review to discuss 3iNet's Internet-enabling applications, typical savings to be realized from using the Internet as a delivery medium with these solutions, and the company's key alliances with Internet enterprises. He also highlights the current demand for Linux Internet devices and identifies the type of companies that could use 3iNet's technology to enhance their product lines. Vinton Cerf, senior vice president at MCI WorldCom and Internet Pioneer, appears on the panel as industry expert.

3iNet's hardware and software were developed to deliver dramatic savings in long-distance faxing to small business users worldwide. As part of its technological evolution, the company is currently developing applications that will bring the Internet to businesses, schools, international organizations and individuals around the world. "Businesses with international connections can save thousands of dollars a year in long-distance faxing by using 3iNet's products and services," said Salum. This benefit is particularly important for markets outside North America.

3iNet stands for Internet-enabled Information Integration. The Linux Internet Applications Provider is working to bridge the Internet divide between those who can access information with new technology, and those who must rely on obsolescent tools.