AS2 connection

What is AS2?

AS2 is an industry standard introduced in 2002. All traffic passing through an AS2 connection type is free, compared to a VAN which has costs attached

AS2 is an industry standard introduced in 2002 to enable data to be sent directly and securely from one location to another. It was introduced as an affordable alternative to traditional EDI using a VAN, and many larger companies now use it to trade with their suppliers in an attempt to reduce costs.

The benefit of AS2 is that all traffic passing through this connection type is free, compared to a VAN which has costs attached. However, the cost to set up and maintain an AS2 connection remains relatively high due to the technical skillset required.

An AS2 connection requires two locations to be configured to send and receive messages to and from each other — and if one of these locations is not available, the message can be missed.

AS2 differs from EDI because it uses TCP/IP — the basic communication language of the internet — rather than a VAN, and the receiving machine must be connected to the internet at the time the message is sent. Like EDI, AS2 can handle all file formats and is perfectly suited to the transfer of orders and invoices.

Because the technical competency required to set up and maintain an AS2 connection remains high, many companies choose TrueCommerce to implement and manage their AS2 service.

TrueCommerce provides a range of EDI solutions to meet the requirements of small, emerging, mid-market and enterprise businesses. To find the right solution for your requirements, click here.

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