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OFTP2 Communication Protocol Replaces ISDN in Automotive Sector

07/11/2017

OFTP2 communication protocol

Internet communication protocols (HTTPS) are eclipsing the telephone networks that were used until now, evidenced by the migration to the OFTP2 protocol that the leading companies in the automotive sector have been carrying out for some years to replace its predecessor OFTP1, which used to run on ISDN lines.

This change will be accelerated by the decision of some telephone operators to cancel their ISDN services, converting their infrastructures and services to communications via TCP/IP technology. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is cancelling its ISDN service in 2018, following in the footsteps of Swisscom, which did so in 2017. Other operators have similar plans scheduled for 2020 (Orange) or 2025 (BT). This switch, driven by telecommunications companies, will undoubtedly boost the use of IP communications. In the automotive sector, this will mean the definitive leap forward in rollout of the OFTP2 protocol demanded by the main automobile companies for their EDI communications with suppliers. So, both TIER I and TIER II businesses should consider converting their communications to OFTP2 as soon as possible.

Exchanging files and information through local or regional lines has become obsolete, taking into account the access to Internet lines that allow an encrypted and more secure exchange, including for very heavy files typical of the automotive industry.

EDICOM is an OFTP2 service provider

EDICOM provides electronic data exchange using a variety of different communication protocols, including OFTP2, as well as AS2 servers, value-added networks (VAN), SFTP, web services, etc…

Through our Edicom OFTP Server (EOS), businesses can exchange any EDI document or technical files in CAD/CAM/CAE formats with another company anywhere in the world immediately, securely and encrypted. In addition, our server has an Interoperability Certificate granted by the sector association ODETTE INTERNATIONAL for EOS (Edicom OFTP Server) server interoperability for OFTP 2 (Odette File Trans Protocol V.2).

Our multi-protocol and multi-standard platforms represent the fastest, most efficient solution to activate the OFTP2 channel, guaranteeing transparent communication and seamless connectivity with any trading partner in the sector.

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