To increase business competitiveness, office automation is inevitable for corporations of all sizes. This is why Acer Computer (Far East) is participating in this year's IT EXPO and showing a full range of products designed to provide a competitive edge in business. The company believes that 'Acer products demonstrate its insight into computerisation in Hong Kong by providing unique and innovative products'. Acer will be demonstrating a range of IT products and business solutions divided into five main streams and designed to cater to the increasing IT demands of all businesses as well as the end user. In the hardware area, it will be highlighting two products, the Acer Altos 1100 and the Acer Prostration. According to the company, the Altos 1100 is 'the most robust server ever made for small and medium networking environment use'. It is powered by Intel's 100 MHz FSB Pentium II CPU and has a 100 MHz SDRAM support. One of the highlights of the product is that it can easily be upgraded to support dual processors, enabling it to meet current needs and future expansion. Business Solutions is another key area and Acer, in conjunction with Automated Systems (HK), will be demonstrating four of these - Internet security, clustering and data protection, office automation and networking. Internet security solutions will include 'SafeWord', an authenti cation system that positively identifies and authenticates individuals who wish to access networked computer systems, eliminating vulnerabilities associated with traditional fixed password security systems. Clustering and data solutions protect data to prevent loss and to shorten data recovery time if necessary. The solution allows the system to stay on-line and allows continuous data availability for customers. Office automation will include demonstrations of the latest electronic format storage and fax management solutions for servers. Again catering to small to medium enterprises, the networking solution has been designed to be flexible and cost-effective. Acer will also be highlighting its two key multimedia PCs, the Aspire 6000 series and the Aspire 6500 series, which are being targeted at the family. According to Acer, the Aspire series is designed for first-time users, as well as the multimedia or gaming enthusiast. The 6500 series has all the features of the 6000, but it has a built-in DVD-ROM. In line with the 'slim is in' trend, Acer will be demonstrating its latest range of notebook computers, including its recently-launched TravelMate 310 series which measures 235mm x 175mm. The Travelmate series comes with 200MHz Intel Pentium processor with MMX, 32MB, 2.1GB and a detachable CD-ROM. The company will also be launching the Extensa 500 series in Hong Kong and will highlight peripherals such as its LCD screens and projector series.