Axway's Synchrony Protects Against Counterfeit Aircraft Parts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. & PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 17, 2006— Axway, Inc. (Paris: SOP) today announced the release of Axway Synchrony for Aviation, the first comprehensive collaborative business solution to allow the aerospace industry to electronically guard against counterfeit aircraft parts. The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimates that each year, two percent of the 26 million parts installed on airplanes are counterfeit - the total 520,000 substandard parts create a risk to the safety of the aircrafts. To address this growing problem, Synchrony for Aviation allows the aerospace industry to increase air safety and comply with government regulations by electronically certifying and tracking aircraft parts within the supply chain.

The international aviation authorities, including the FAA, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) mandate that when an airplane part changes custody that an authorized release certificate (ARC) must accompany that part. This process has become necessary as a result of the rise of counterfeit parts, which are of a lower quality and create a risk to the safety of the aircraft. However, manual certification of the parts is easily forged, time-consuming to store, track and verify, and subject to human error. Synchrony for Aviation automates these paper-based processes to act as an anti-counterfeiting measure, enhance operational efficiencies and facilitate the regulatory audit process.

"Asset pedigree is becoming a vital aspect of any successful business. We've seen it become a priority issue for many industries, including healthcare, financial services and now aviation," said Dave Bennett, Axway's chief technology officer. "Axway is excited to bring the Synchrony for Aviation solution to market by leveraging our expertise in safeguarding businesses and consumers from counterfeit activity. This further demonstrates Axway's core competency in track and trace technologies and supply chain safety."

Axway is a member of the U.S. ATA eBusiness Program, which worked closely with the international aviation authorities to create standards for the electronic ARC forms. The current mandated forms include the FAA's 8130-3, TCCA's 24-0078, EASA's Form One and CASA's Form One 917.

The Synchrony for Aviation solution is comprised of Axway's Synchrony Gateway, Synchrony Sentinel Transaction Director and Synchrony ePedigree for Aviation. For more information on the Synchrony for Aviation solution, please visit:

About Axway

Axway, now merged with Cyclone, is the leading global provider of collaborative business solutions. Axway establishes the dynamic connections - within and among enterprises - that make companies easier to do business with. Over 7000 organizations worldwide depend on Axway to manage and control their business-critical information in motion - improving value chain efficiency, regulatory compliance and quality of service. Axway's solutions feature a highly flexible integration and B2B framework, analytics, services, and customized applications for the financial services and life sciences industries. A subsidiary of Sopra Group, SA, Axway has dual headquarters in Paris, France and Scottsdale, Arizona, and offices in 20 countries.


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