FIPA was founded as a Swiss not-for-profit organization in 1996 with the ambitious goal of defining a full set of standards for both implementing systems within which agents could execute (agent platforms) and specifying how agents themselves should communicate and interoperate in a standard way. 
Within its lifetime the organization's membership included several academic institutions and a large number of companies including Hewlett Packard, IBM, BT (formerly British Telecom), Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu and many more. A number of standards were proposed, however, despite several agent platforms adopting the "FIPA standard" for agent communication it never succeeded in gaining the commercial support which was originally envisaged. The Swiss organization was dissolved in 2005 and an IEEE standards committee was set up in its place.
The most widely adopted of the FIPA standards are the Agent Management and Agent Communication Language (FIPA-ACL) specifications.
Systems using FIPA standards
- Jade 
- Jadex Agents (Java)
- Java Intelligent Agent Componentware (JIAC) (Java)
- The SPADE Multiagent and Organizations Platform (Python)
- JACK Intelligent Agents (Java)
- The April Agent Platform (AAP) and Language (April)  (No longer actively developed)
- Zeus Agent Building Toolkit  (No longer actively developed)
- The Fipa-OS agent platform   (No longer actively developed)
- AgentService (C#) (last update: 2009)
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- Nwana, Hyacinth; Divine T. Ndumu, Lyndon C. Lee and Jaron C. Collis (1999). "ZEUS: a toolkit and approach for building distributed multi-agent systems". AGENTS '99: Proceedings of the third annual conference on Autonomous Agents. pp. 360–361.
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