The Odette File Transfer Protocol (OFTP) has long been one of the most established protocols for automated standardized data exchange between trading partners.
The major components in an automated standardized data exchange are:
- The information which is collected from various applications and put into standardised EDI messages
- Network services like ISDN, X.25, TCP/IP (Intranet/Internet (Extranet)/VPN) used for transporting the data
- The OFTP protocol which monitors the data transport through OFTP software products used by the sender and by the receiver
OFTP is a de facto standard within business sectors such as Automotive, Engineering and Transport. OFTP is also used for data exchange with partners in the public sector. One example is the Swedish Customs Data System.
Source: Odette International
Neociclo offers a Java API for programmers and companies interested in supporting OFTP2 on their systems. The Accord Odette FTP Library is Open Source and distributed under the terms of the Affero GPL v3. For commercial use and redistribution, please contact Neociclo.