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The IFSF gets ready for its annual conference

The International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF) is getting ready for its annual conference, being held in the Netherlands in December. The 2015 conference will take place in Leiden on Tuesday 1 December and Wednesday 2 December 2015.

The two-day event includes a series of presentations from high profile speakers, where the theme will be ‘managing innovation’.

Presentations will cover innovations in technology, payments, the motor industry and general retail.

Simon Stocks, chairman of IFSF, says this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

He said: “The conference will focus our attentions on the innovations that could affect our industry, look at how we can manage that innovation and identify the role that we can play in responding to it.

“It will put a spotlight on what lies ahead and will be a first class opportunity to network with colleagues across the retail petroleum industry and take part in workgroups,” he added.

The line-up of speakers will include William Giles, vice president, MasterCard Worldwide; Mark Gregg, senior manager, Accenture and Marty Ramos, CTO, retail, consumer products & services, Worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group. A fourth speaker, Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, co-director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff Business School and the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence, both at Cardiff University, has recently been added.

Device integration and electronic funds transfer workgroups will pick-up and debate key issues raised by these speakers.

For more than 20 years, IFSF has supported international petroleum retailers, suppliers and other organisations. Building on the feedback from the 2014 conference, which focused on mobile payment, the conference has become an annual event.

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Developing web services

The IFSF publishes practical documents which enable interoperability between forecourt devices and forecourt applications, including industry specific fuel card handling (ISO 8583 Oil).

Documents include application standards (such as dispenser and tank gauge) for forecourt, shop and host (offsite) applications using communication protocols (such as Lon and TCP/IP) alongside engineering bulletins that guide real world implementations.

IFSF standards separate the application from the communications and network layer.

Recent business innovations for mobile payments and other central applications required IFSF to extend the communications protocols supported to include RESTful Web Services.

IFSF’s device integration working group is reviewing the new Part II.03 IFSF Communications over RESTful Web Services. This communications layer protocol includes authentication (OAuth) and security standards (e.g. HTTPS/TLS).

IFSF application standards contain 144 xml messages. In the first phase of the API development the device integration working group took 20 of these to be documented in an API modelling language called RAML [RESTful API Modelling language].

These selected API’s cover business critical applications such as mobile payment (outdoor) for fuel and car wash, remote equipment and event monitoring and wet (Fuel) stock management.

Planned to be ready in time for the IFSF technical conference in December, the APIs will be documented in RAML and available in JSON, although, to enable validation and certification, the JSON is to be generated from XML schema definitions (XSDs).

Anyone wishing to contribute, participate or review the web services communications standards or APIs should visit for the next device integration meetings. These are open to all IFSF Technical Associates. Relevant documents are also available for participants to download on the IFSF website.

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