Access Point Software
About the software component
The CEF eDelivery Access Point (AP) implements a standardised message exchange protocol that ensures interoperable, secure and reliable data exchange. A CEF eDelivery AP is an implementation of the AS4 Profile developed by e-SENS or of the AS2 Profile developed by OpenPEPPOL. AS4 is an open technical specification for the secure and payload-agnostic exchange of data using Web Services. According to OASIS, the AS4 protocol is the modern successor of the AS2 protocol. During an interim period, while expecting a convergence process towards the e-SENS AS4 Profile, CEF eDelivery supports the OpenPEPPOL AS2 Profile currently in use in the e-Procurement domain.
Domibus is the Open Source project of the AS4 Access Point maintained by the European Commission. Third-party software vendors offer alternative implementations of the e-SENS AS4 Profile (commercial or open-source). Each software vendor also provides different added-value services from integration to the support of day-to-day operations. For safeguarding interoperability, CEF eDelivery encourages implementers to consult the list of software products that have passed the conformance tests by the European Commission of the eSENS AS4 profile, available here.
The sample software, Domibus, may be used to get familiar with the e-SENS AS4 profile in a test environment or as a working solution in a production environment. The users of the sample implementation remain fully responsible for its integration with backend systems, deployment and operation. The support and maintenance of the sample implementation, as well as any other auxiliary services, are provided by the European Commission according to the terms defined in the CEF eDelivery Access Point Component Offering Description.
Users of the software component
- Service Providers: may offer their services to integrate backend systems with a CEF eDelivery Access Point (AP) or to install and operate a CEF eDelivery Access Point (AP).
- Software Providers: may develop software conformant to the e-SENS AS4 Profile or of the PEPPOL AS2 Profile developed by OpenPEPPOL as a commercial product or as an Open Source project.
- Policy Domain Owners: may use the CEF eDelivery Access Point (AP) to create a secure network for the exchange of data and documents based on technical specifications supported by the market (AS2 or AS4).
Benefits for the users of the software component
- Increased security of document and data exchange that run on the public internet;
- Reduced learning curve of service providers of document and data exchange networks;
- Reduced costs of creating, maintaining and operating document and data exchange networks;
- Accelerated delivery time of a working document and data exchange networks.