CEN/XFS or XFS provides a client-server architecture for financial applications on the
Microsoft Windowsplatform, especially peripheral devices such as EFTPOSterminals and ATMs which are unique to the financial industry. It was initially known as WOSAExtensions for Financial Services or WOSA/XFS.
With the move to a more standardized software base, financial institutions have been increasingly interested in the ability to pick and choose the application programs that drive their equipment. XFS provides a common
APIfor accessing and manipulating various financial services devices regardless of the manufacturer.
1991- Microsoftforms "Banking Solutions Vendor Council"
1995- WOSA/XFS 1.11 released
1997- WOSA/XFS 2.0 released - additional support for 24 hours-a-day unattended operation
1998- adopted by CEN as an international standard.
2000- XFS 3.0 released by CEN
2008- XFS 3.10 released by CEN
WOSA/XFS changed name to simply XFS when the standard was adopted by the international CEN/ISSS standards body. However, it is most commonly called CEN/XFS by the industry participants.
While the perceived benefit of XFS is similar to Java's "Write once, run anywhere" mantra, often different hardware vendors have different interpretations of the XFS standard. The result of these differences in interpretation means that applications typically use a
middlewareto even out the differences between various platforms implementation of XFS.
Notable XFS middleware platforms include:
Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions ATOM
NCR CorporationAptra Edge
* KAL Kalignite
SBS Software KIXFS/Terminal Control
XFS Test Tools
XFS test tools allow testing of XFS applications and middleware on simulated hardware. Some tools include sophisticated automatic regression testing capabilities.
Providers of XFS test tools include:
Level Four SoftwareBRIDGE Test
KAL KaligniteTest Utilities
J/XFS- a Java implementation of the CEN XFS API. [ [http://jxfs.net/ J/XFS Web Site - Welcome to J/XFS ] ]
* [http://www.xpeak.org Xpeak - Devices Connectivity using XML (Open Source Project).]
Automated teller machine
Teller assist unit
* [http://www.cenorm.be/cenorm/businessdomains/businessdomains/isss/activity/wsxfs.asp CEN/XFS Home Page]
* [http://www.nayadegroup.com WOSA/XFS driver developers (http://www.nayadegroup.com) Spanish]
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