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EDI Documents & Protocols

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EDI Document Standards

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In 1979, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) chartered the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 to develop uniform standards for inter-industry electronic exchange of business transactions, namely electronic data interchange. ANSI X12 was originally conceived to support companies across different industry sectors in North America however today there are more than 300,000 companies worldwide using X12 EDI standards in daily business transactions. ASC X12 also contributes to UN/EDIFACT messages that are used widely outside of the United States.

X12C Communications & Controls

102 Associated Data

242 Data Status Tracking

815 Cryptographic Service Message

864 Text Message

868 Electronic Form Structure

993 Secured Receipt or Acknowledgment

997 Functional Acknowledgment

999 Implementation Acknowledgment

X12F Finance

130 Student Educational Record (Transcript)

131 Student Educational Record (Transcript) Acknowledgment

132 Human Resource Information

133 Educational Institution Record

135 Student Aid Origination Record

138 Education Testing and Prospect Request and Report

139 Student Loan Guarantee Result

144 Student Loan Transfer and Status Verifi cation

146 Request for Student Educational Record (Transcript)

147 Response to Request for Student Educational Record (Transcript)

155 Business Credit Report

188 Educational Course Inventory

189 Application for Admission to Educational Institutions

190 Student Enrollment Verifi cation

191 Student Loan Pre-Claims and Claims

197 Real Estate Title Evidence

198 Loan Verifi cation Information

199 Real Estate Settlement Information

200 Mortgage Credit Report

201 Residential Loan Application

202 Secondary Mortgage Market Loan Delivery

203 Secondary Mortgage Market Investor Report

205 Mortgage Note

206 Real Estate Inspection

245 Real Estate Tax Service Response

248 Account Assignment/Inquiry & Service/Status

259 Residential Mortgage Insurance Explanation of Benefits

260 Application for Mortgage Insurance Benefits

261 Real Estate Information Request

262 Real Estate Information Report

263 Residential Mortgage Insurance Application Response

264 Mortgage Loan Default Status

265 Real Estate Title Insurance Services Order

266 Mortgage or Property Record Change Notification

810 Invoice

811 Consolidated Service Invoice/Statement

812 Credit/Debit Adjustment

814 General Request, Response or Confirmation

819 Joint Interest Billing and Operating Expense Statement

820 Payment Order/Remittance Advice

821 Financial Information Reporting

822 Account Analysis

823 Lockbox

824 Application Advice

827 Financial Return Notice

828 Debit Authorization

829 Payment Cancellation Request

831 Application Control Totals

833 Mortgage Credit Report Order

844 Product Transfer Account Adjustment

849 Response to Product Transfer Account Adjustment

872 Residential Mortgage Insurance Application

880 Grocery Products Invoice

X12G Government

103 Abandoned Property Filings

105 Business Entity Filings

113 Election Campaign & Lobbyist Reporting

149 Notice of Tax Adjustment or Assessment

150 Tax Rate Notification

151 Electronic Filing of Tax Return Data Acknowledgment

152 Statistical Government Information

153 Unemployment Insurance Tax Claim or Charge Information

154 Secured Interest Filing

157 Notice of Power of Attorney

158 Tax Jurisdiction Sourcing

175 Court and Law Enforcement Notice

176 Court Submission

179 Environmental Compliance Reporting

185 Royalty Regulatory Report

194 Grant or Assistance Application

195 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) License Application

196 Contractor Cost Data Reporting

249 Animal Toxicological Data

251 Pricing Support

280 Voter Registration Information

283 Tax or Fee Exemption Certifi cation

284 Commercial Vehicle Safety Reports

285 Commercial Vehicle Safety and Credentials Information Exchange

286 Commercial Vehicle Credentials

288 Wage Determination

500 Medical Event Reporting

501 Vendor Performance Review

511 Requisition

517 Material Obligation Validation

521 Income or Asset Offset

527 Material Due-In and Receipt

536 Logistics Reassignment

540 Notice of Employment Status

561 Contract Abstract

567 Contract Completion Status

568 Contract Payment Management Report

650 Maintenance Service Order

805 Contract Pricing Proposal

806 Project Schedule Reporting

813 Electronic Filing of Tax Return Data

826 Tax Information Exchange

836 Procurement Notices

838 Trading Partner Profi le

839 Project Cost Reporting

996 File Transfer

X12I Transportation

104 Air Shipment Information

106 Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

107 Request for Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

108 Response to a Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

109 Vessel Content Details

110 Air Freight Details and Invoice

120 Vehicle Shipping Order

121 Vehicle Service

125 Multilevel Railcar Load Details

126 Vehicle Application Advice

127 Vehicle Baying Order

128 Dealer Information

129 Vehicle Carrier Rate Update

160 Transportation Automatic Equipment Identification

161 Train Sheet

163 Transportation Appointment Schedule Information

204 Motor Carrier Load Tender

210 Motor Carrier Freight Details and Invoice

211 Motor Carrier Bill of Lading

212 Motor Carrier Delivery Trailer Manifest

213 Motor Carrier Shipment Status Inquiry

214 Transportation Carrier Ship. Status Message

215 Motor Carrier Pick-up Manifest

216 Motor Carrier Shipment Pick-up Notification

217 Motor Carrier Loading and Route Guide

219 Logistics Service Request

220 Logistics Service Response

222 Cartage Work Assignment

223 Consolidators Freight Bill and Invoice

224 Motor Carrier Summary Freight Bill Manifest

225 Response to a Cartage Work Assignment

227 Trailer Usage Report

228 Equipment Inspection Report

240 Motor Carrier Package Status

250 Purchase Order Shipment Management Document

300 Reservation (Booking Request) (Ocean)

301 Confirmation (Ocean)

303 Booking Cancellation (Ocean)

304 Shipping Instructions

309 Customs Manifest

310 Freight Receipt and Invoice (Ocean)

311 Canada Customs Information

312 Arrival Notice (Ocean)

313 Shipment Status Inquiry (Ocean)

315 Status Details (Ocean)

317 Delivery/Pickup Order

319 Terminal Information

322 Terminal Operations and Intermodal Ramp Activity

323 Vessel Schedule and Itinerary (Ocean)

324 Vessel Stow Plan (Ocean)

325 Consolidation of Goods in Container

326 Consignment Summary List

350 Customs Status Information

352 U.S. Customs Carrier General Order Status

353 Customs Events Advisory Details

354 U.S. Customs Auto. Manifest Archive Status

355 U.S. Customs Acceptance/Rejection

356 U.S. Customs Permit to Transfer Request

357 U.S. Customs In-Bond Information

358 Customs Consist Information

359 Customs Customer Profile Management

361 Carrier Interchange Agreement (Ocean)

404 Rail Carrier Shipment Information

410 Rail Carrier Freight Details and Invoice

412 Trailer or Container Repair Billing

414 Rail Carhire Settlements

417 Rail Carrier Waybill Interchange

418 Rail Advance Interchange Consist

419 Advance Car Disposition

420 Car Handling Information

421 Estimated Time of Arrival & Car Scheduling

422 Equipment Order

423 Rail Industrial Switch List

424 Rail Carrier Services Settlement

425 Rail Waybill Request

426 Rail Revenue Waybill

429 Railroad Retirement Activity

431 Railroad Station Master File

432 Rail Deprescription

433 Railroad Reciprocal Switch File

434 Railroad Mark Register Update Activity

435 Standard Transportation Commodity Code Master

436 Locomotive Information

437 Railroad Junctions & Interchanges Activity

440 Shipment Weights

451 Railroad Event Report

452 Railroad Problem Log Inquiry or Advice

453 Railroad Service Commitment Advice

455 Railroad Parameter Trace Registration

456 Railroad Equipment Inquiry or Advice

460 Railroad Price Distribution Request or Response

463 Rail Rate Reply

466 Rate Request

468 Rate Docket Journal Log

470 Railroad Clearance

475 Rail Route File Maintenance

485 Ratemaking Action

486 Rate Docket Expiration

490 Rate Group Definition

492 Miscellaneous Rates

494 Rail Scale Rates

601 U.S. Customs Export Shipment Information

603 Transportation Equipment Registration

715 Intermodal Group Loading Plan

854 Shipment Delivery Discrepancy Info.

858 Shipment Information

859 Freight Invoice

920 Loss or Damage Claim – Gen. Commodities

924 Loss or Damage Claim – Motor Vehicle

925 Claim Tracer

926 Claim Status Report and Tracer Reply

928 Automotive Inspection Detail

980 Functional Group Totals

990 Response to a Load Tender

998 Set Cancellation

X12M Supply Chain

101 Name and Address Lists

140 Product Registration

141 Product Service Claim Response

142 Product Service Claim

143 Product Service Notification

159 Motion Picture Booking Confirmation

170 Revenue Receipts Statement

180 Return Merchandise Authorization & Notification

244 Product Source Information

290 Cooperative Advertising Agreements

503 Pricing History

504 Clauses and Provisions

620 Excavation Communication

625 Well Information

753 Request For Routing Instructions

754 Routing Instructions

816 Organizational Relationships

818 Commission Sales Report

830 Planning Schedule w/ Release Capability

832 Price/Sales Catalog

840 Request for Quotation

841 Specifications/Technical Information

842 Nonconformance Report

843 Response to Request for Quotation

845 Price Authorization Acknowledgment/Status

846 Inventory Inquiry/Advice

847 Material Claim

848 Material Safety Data Sheet

850 Purchase Order

851 Asset Schedule

852 Product Activity Data

853 Routing and Carrier Instruction

855 Purchase Order Acknowledgment

856 Ship Notice/Manifest

857 Shipment and Billing Notice

860 Purchase Order Change Request – Buyer Initiated

861 Receiving Advice/Acceptance Certificate

862 Shipping Schedule

863 Report of Test Results

865 Purchase Order Change Acknowledgment /Request – Seller Initiated

866 Production Sequence

867 Product Transfer and Resale Report

869 Order Status Inquiry

870 Order Status Report

873 Commodity Movement Services

874 Commodity Movement Services Response

875 Grocery Products Purchase Order

876 Grocery Products Purchase Order Change

877 Manufacturer Coupon Family Code Structure

878 Product Authorization/De-authorization

879 Price Information

881 Manufacturer Coupon Redemption Detail

882 Direct Store Delivery Summary Information

883 Market Development Fund Allocation

884 Market Development Fund Settlement

885 Retail Account Characteristics

886 Customer Call Reporting

887 Coupon Notification

888 Item Maintenance

889 Promotion Announcement

890 Contract & Rebate Management

891 Deduction Research Report

893 Item Information Request

894 Delivery/Return Base Record

895 Delivery/Return Acknowledgment or Adjustment

896 Product Dimension Maintenance

940 Warehouse Shipping Order

943 Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice

944 Warehouse Stock Transfer Receipt Advice

945 Warehouse Shipping Advice

947 Warehouse Inventory Adjustment Advice

X12N Insurance

100 Insurance Plan Description

111 Individual Insurance Policy & Client Info.

112 Property Damage Report

124 Vehicle Damage

148 Report of Injury, Illness, or Incident

186 Insurance Underwriting Requirements Reporting

187 Premium Audit Request and Return

252 Insurance Producer Administration

255 Underwriting Information Services

256 Periodic Compensation

267 Individual Life Annuity & Disability Application

268 Annuity Activity

269 Health Care Benefit Coordination Verification

270 Eligibility, Coverage or Benefit Inquiry

271 Eligibility, Coverage or Benefit Information

272 Property and Casualty Loss Notification

273 Insurance/Annuity Application Status

274 Health Care Provider Information

275 Patient Information

276 Health Care Claim Status Request

277 Health Care Information Status Notification

278 Health Care Services Review Information

362 Cargo Insurance Advice of Shipment

834 Benefit Enrollment and Maintenance

835 Health Care Claim Payment/Advice

837 Health Care Claim

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This standard was originally conceived in 1987 by the EAN General Assembly and was to be developed on the then emerging international UN/EDIFACT standard. The EANCOM messages, maintained by GS1, are more detailed in nature compared to the TRADACOMS message set. EANCOM was originally developed for the retail sector and has subsequently grown to become the most widely used UN/EDIFACT subset and is now found in a variety of other industry sectors such as healthcare, construction and publishing.
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United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport is the international standard that was developed by the United Nations. The work of maintenance and further development of this standard is done through the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) under the UN Economic Commission for Europe. The EDIFACT standard provides a set of syntax rules to structure, an interactive exchange protocol and provides a set of standard messages which allow multi-country and multi-industry exchange of electronic business documents. EDIFACT is widely used across Europe, mainly due to the fact that many companies adopted it very early on. EDIFACT has seen some adoption in the ASPAC region, however, there are currently more XML-based standards being used in this particular region today.

Application error and acknowledgement message


Authorization message


Availability request – interactive message


Availability response – interactive message


Balance message


Banking status message


Bayplan/stowage plan occupied and empty locations message


Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message


Berth management message


Bulk marine inspection summary report message


Bank transactions and portfolio transactions report message


Balance of payment customer transaction report message


Direct balance of payment declaration message


Balance of payment information from customer message


Business credit report message


Vessel call information message


Request for legal administration action in civil proceedings message


Legal administration response in civil proceedings message


Chart of accounts message


Classification information set message


Contractual conditions message


Commercial account summary message


Container discharge/loading report message


Container gate-in/gate-out report message


Permit expiration/clearance ready notice message


Container stock report message


Container special handling order message


Request for a documentary collection message


Commercial dispute message


Advice on pending works message


Direct payment valuation message


Drawing administration message


Drawing organization message


Establishment of contract message


Invitation to tender message


Payment valuation message


Quantity valuation message


Response of pending works message


Tender message


Work item quantity determination message


Container announcement message


Contributions for payment


Container pre-notification message


Container discharge/loading order message


Container release order message


Container stuffing/stripping confirmation message


Container stuffing/stripping order message


Credit advice message


Extended credit advice message


Multiple credit advice message


Customs cargo report message


Customs declaration message


Customs express consignment declaration message


Periodic customs declaration message


Customs conveyance report message


Customs response message


Debit advice message


Multiple debit advice message


Debts recovery message


Delivery schedule message


Delivery just in time message


Dispatch advice message


Equipment damage and repair estimate message


Dangerous goods recapitulation message


Direct debit message


Directory definition message


Data maintenance request definition message


Data maintenance status report/query message


Documentary credit advice message


Advice of an amendment of a documentary credit message


Documentary credit amendment information message


Request for an amendment of a documentary credit message


Documentary credit application message


Response to an amendment of a documentary credit message


Documentary credit issuance information message


Accounting entries message


Financial cancellation message


Multiple interbank funds transfer message


Financial statement of an account message


General purpose message


Generic statistical message


Cargo/goods handling and movement message


Insurance claim assessment and reporting message


Insurance claim solicitor’s instruction message


Forwarding and consolidation summary message


Forwarding and transport shipment charge calculation message


Dangerous goods notification message


International transport freight costs and other charges message


Dangerous cargo list message


Cargo insurance claims message


Arrival notice message


Booking confirmation message


Firm booking message


Provisional booking message


Consignment advice message


Instruction contract status message


International Forwarding And Transport


Instruction message


Forwarding and transport rate information message


Forwarding and transport schedule and availability information me


International multimodal status report message


International multimodal status request message 


Interactive health insurance eligibility and benefits inquiry and


Health care claim or encounter request and response – interactive


EDI implementation guide definition message


Infrastructure condition message


Enterprise accounting information message


Instruction to dispatch message


Insurance premium message


Inspection request message


Inspection report message


Interchange Control Structures


Invoice message


Inventory report message


Insurance policy administration message


Motor insurance policy message


Intermediary system enablement or disablement message


In transit report detail message


Job application result message


Job information demand message


Job application proposal message


Job order confirmation message


Job order modification message


Job order message


Justified payment request message


Ledger message


Life reinsurance activity message


Life reinsurance claims message


Person identification message


Medical prescription message


Medical service request message


Medical service report message


Medical resource usage and cost message


Means of transport and equipment position message


Stowage instruction message


Metered services consumption report message


Purchase order change request message


Purchase order message


Purchase order response message


Order status enquiry message


Order status report message


Party information message


Travel tourism and leisure product application status request – i


Travel tourism and leisure product application status response –


Passenger list message


Payroll deductions advice message


Extended payment order message


Multiple payment order message


Payment order message


Price/sales catalogue message


Pricing history message


Project cost reporting message


Product data message


Product exchange reconciliation message


Product inquiry message


Product service message


Project tasks planning message


Insurance premium payment message


Quality data message


Quote message


Raw data reporting message


Reinsurance bordereau message


Receiving advice message


Reinsurance calculation message


Credit risk cover message


Reinsurance claims message


Reinsurance core data message


Registration of enterprise message


Reinsured objects list message


Remittance advice message


Reinsurance premium message


Request for document message


Request for quote message


Reinsurance settlement message


Reservation message


Reservation request – interactive message


Reservation response – interactive message


Reinsurance technical account message


Announcement for returns message


Instruction for returns message


Repair call message


Safety and hazard data message


International movement of goods governmental regulatory message


Schedule request – interactive message


Schedule update – interactive message


Sales forecast message


Sales data report message


Social administration message


Modification of identity details message


Worker’s insurance history message


Notification of registration of a worker message


Statement of account message


Settlement transaction reporting message


Superannuation contributions advice message


Superannuation maintenance message


Supplier response message


Tank status report message


Tax control message


Travel tourism and leisure information inquiry request – interactive


Travel tourism and leisure information inquiry response – interactive


Terminal performance message


Timetable static data update – interactive message


Travel, tourism and leisure data update request – interactive message


Travel, tourism and leisure data update response – interactive message


Utilities master data message


Utilities time series message


Value added tax message


Vessel departure message


Waste disposal information message


Work grant decision message


Work grant request message

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was enacted by the U.S congress in 1996. A key component of HIPAA is the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans and employers. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the North American health care system by encouraging the widespread use of EDI in the U.S health care system. The HIPAA EDI transaction sets are based on X12 and the key message types.
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The Organization for Data Exchange by Tele Transmission in Europe is a group that represents the interests of the automotive industry in Europe. They are the equivalent of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) in North America. The organization develops tools and recommendations that improve the flow of goods, services product data and business information across the whole automotive value chain. ODETTE has been responsible for developing communications standards such as OFTP and OFTP2.0, constant improvement processes such as Materials Management Operations Guideline / Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) and automotive-specific document standards
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This consists of a consortium of major computer, consumer electronics, semi-conductor manufacturers, telecommunications and logistics companies working together to create and implement industry-wide, open e-business process standards. These standards form a common e-business language, aligning processes between supply chain partners on a global basis. The RosettaNet document standard is based on XML and defines message guidelines, business processes interface and implementation frameworks for interactions between companies. Using RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs), business partners of all sizes can connect electronically to process transactions and move information within their extended supply chains. Further information about RosettaNet PIP documents
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The Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication was formed in 1973 and is headquartered in Brussels. SWIFT operates a worldwide financial messaging network which exchanges messages between banks and financial institutions. SWIFT also markets software and services to financial institutions, much of it for use on the SWIFTNet Network. SWIFTNet is the infrastructure used to exchange these documents and FIN, InterAct and FileAct are used to encode the SWIFT documents for transmission. The majority of interbank messages use the SWIFT network. As of November 2008, SWIFT linked 8740 financial institutions across 209 countries. The SWIFT document standard is split into four areas, Payments, Trade Services, Securities and Trading.
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This is an early standard for EDI and was primarily used in the UK retail sector. It was originally introduced in 1982 as an implementation of the UN/GTDI syntax, one of the precursors of EDIFACT, and was maintained and extended by the UK Article Numbering Association, now called GS1 UK. The standard is more or less obsolescent since the development of it effectively ceased in 1995 in favor of the EDIFACT EANCOM subsets. Despite this it has proved durable and the majority of the retail EDI traffic in the UK still uses it today.
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This organization develops standards and best practices to serve the needs of companies within the German automotive industry. The VDA has developed over thirty messages to meet the need of companies such as VW, Audi, Bosch, Continental and Daimler AG.
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The Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Standard is used by the general merchandise retail industry across North America. It is a subset of the ANSI ASC X12 national standard. VICS EDI is being utilized by thousands of companies, department and specialty retail stores, mass merchandisers and their respective suppliers. In 1988 GS1 US became the management and administrative body for VICS EDI. GS1 US also manages the ASC X12 derived Uniform Communication Standard (UCS) for the grocery industry and Industrial/Commercial Standard (I/C) for the industrial sector.

EDI Messaging Protocols

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Applicability Statement (AS) 1 was developed by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to implement secure and reliable messaging over SMTP and S/MIME. It was the first AS protocol to be developed and uses signing, encryption and MDN conventions. (MDN refers to Message Disposition Notifications or the ability to provide “Return Receipts”). As with any AS file transfer, AS1 file transfers typically require both sides of the exchange to trade SSL certificates and specific business partner names before any transfers can take place.


Applicability Statement (AS) 2 uses the same signing, encryption, and MDN conventions used in the original AS1 protocol. AS2 messages are usually sent across the internet using the HTTP or HTTPS protocol. AS2 has been widely deployed as a point-to-point connectivity method. AS2 offers many advantages over standard HTTP, including increased verification, and security achieved through the use of receipts and digital signatures. AS2 transactions and acknowledgements also occur in real-time, increasing the efficiency of document exchanges. Walmart was one of the first companies to help drive the adoption of AS2 across the retail sector.


Applicability Statement (AS) 3 was developed by the IETF to implement secure and reliable messaging over FTP. AS3 is based upon the secure version of the FTP protocol, rather than HTTP. AS3 transport is S/MIME over FTP and operates a client/server model like FTP, as opposed to the peer-to-peer approach used by AS2. AS3 also uses MDN’s (receipt notifications) like AS2. AS3 is a push/pull protocol and the client side AS3 does not require a listener to be always aware of inbound traffic (whereas AS2 always requires a persistent connection for the listener). AS3 may be especially well suited for banking and other industries where there are heavy investments in FTP scripting, applications and security.


Applicability Statement (AS) 4 offers secure B2B document exchange using web services and was developed by the sub-committee of the OASIS ebXML messaging services technical committee. AS4 is still in its draft definition format. The AS4 profile provides the market place with an entry level solution that allows companies to begin utilizing their internal SOA based platforms for external B2B messaging while at the same time taking on some of the more complicated aspects of web services. The European Aerospace industry is proposing to use AS4 as its communication standard for sending ebXML related B2B documents between business partners.


ebXML Messaging Service offers a secure and reliable SOAP/Web Services based packaging, routing and transport protocol as defined by the ebXML specifications. The ebMS is an open standard and as such is communication protocol neutral although the most common underlying protocols are HTTP and SMTP. ebMS essentially offers a way to exchange ebXML based B2B documents between different business applications using SOAP/Web services.


File Transfer Protocol is a standard network protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over a TCP/IP based network such as the internet. FTP is built on a client-server architecture and utilizes separate control and data connections between the client and server applications. FTP is also often used as an application component to automatically transfer files for internal functions within programs. FTP can be used with user-based password authentication or with anonymous user access.


File Transfer Secure Protocol is an extension of FTP which adds support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocols. FTPS should not be confused with SFTP, an incompatible secure file transfer subsystem for the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. It is also different from Secure FTP, the practice of tunneling FTP through an SSH connection


HyperText Transfer Protocol is used to request and transmit files, especially web pages and web page components, over the internet or other computer networks. In HTTP, web browsers typically act as clients, while an application running on the computer hosting the web site acts as a server. HTTP is typically implemented across TCP/IP however it can be implemented on top of any other protocol on the internet, or on other networks.


HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encryption and secure identification of the server. HTTPS connections are often used for payment type transactions across the internet and for the exchange of sensitive information between corporate business systems.


Odette File Transfer Protocol was developed to offer a standard communication platform for the European automotive industry and has been in use since the mid-1980s. OFTP has also seen adoption across the retail, white goods, manufacturing, government, transport, insurance and banking industries to name but a few. The OFTP protocol is very simple to use, consisting of only fourteen commands. The protocol is extremely efficient, allowing large transmission windows to be utilized while incorporating file restart, data compression and security. OFTP has been designed to enable companies to communicate easily via point-to-point connections.

OFTP 2.0

Odette File Transfer Protocol version 2.0 is the latest version of the OFTP standard and has been designed from the outset to be used across the internet. OFTP2 offers a number of benefits over OFTP including data compression, file encryption and exchange of digital certificates between business partners. OFTP2 enables the handling of very large files (typically Gb in size) and offers support for additional character sets such as Chinese and Japanese. To date, OFTP has been mainly used in Europe, however, as OFTP2 has been designed to operate across the internet, it can help business partners connect to one another all over the world. Many automotive manufacturers in Europe have been deploying OFTP2 since 2008 and it is widely expected to become a standard communications protocol for use across the global automotive industry over the next few years.


Secure File Transfer Protocol is a network protocol that provides file access, file transfer and file management functionality over any reliable data stream. It was designed as an extension to the Secure Shell protocol (SSH) version 2.0 to provide secure file transfer capability, but it is also intended to be usable with other protocols as well. SFTP can be used in a number of different applications such as secure transfer over Transport Layer Security (TLS) and transfer of management information within VPN applications. This protocol assumes that it is run over a secure channel, such as SSH, that the server has already authenticated the client and that the identity of the client user is available to the protocol.