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The ODETTE File Transfer Protocol 2 (short: OFTP2) evolved 2007 from the earlier OFTP1 and serves for the exchange of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messages. It is based on the TCP/IP protocol and is mainly used in the automotive industry.
OFTP2 is mainly used by the automotive industry for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in Europe. These include BMW, Audi, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Volkswagen and Skoda.
OFTP2 is considered to be a secure protocol:
Addressing is done via the Odette-ID SSID (Start Session ID) and the SSID (Start File ID). The protocol is regularly checked and improved by the Odette OFTP2 expert group, so that OFTP2 is always up to the latest security standard.
Digital certificates are used when exchanging secure electronic messages over the Internet. These are primarily used to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the data and to protect the content by means of encryption. There are several issuers of certificates that must be listed in a special list (TSL: Trust Service Status List). This list signals that they can ensure the defined IT standards. OFTP2 offers three mechanisms for certificate generation:
Typically certificates signed by an authorized authority are used.
OFTP1 is based on an ISDN- or an unencrypted TCP/IP connection, therefore telephone charges are incurred for the communication or the confidentiality of the transmission is not ensured. In comparison, OFTP2 is encrypted via the TCP/IP protocol, so there are no telephone charges, as the exchange of messages is handled via the Internet and security is accordingly higher.
OFTP1 over ISDN was widely used. In the course of the ISDN switch-off by Deutsche Telekom, most OFTP1 connections will be switched to OFTP2 by the end of 2018.
There are two different ways to establish an OFTP2 connection or to send messages to the partner via OFTP2.
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