Product Overview

The International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF) is a forum of international petroleum retailers with the common objective of harmonisation of equipment interconnectivity and communication standards for use in the Petroleum Retail Business. The ISO8583 protocol has formed the foundation from which the IFSF has standardised its Point-of-Sale (POS) devices in communicating with merchant acquirers or front-end-processors (FEP).

Frurion™ for IFSF offers a simple solution for testing PoS, acquirer and issuer platforms which utilise the IFSF ISO8583 message format. The Frurion™ data dictionary, which is common to all the products in the Frurion™ suite, provides a mechanism whereby different ISO8583 message formats and field definitions can be stored together for later use. This facilitates the testing of different ISO8583 based systems at different times by simply using the appropriate definitions in the data dictionary.

Technical Details

The Frurion™ simulator suite comes with a number of tools that facilitate test data creation, test data integrity, the generation of expected results, the ability to compare expected and actual results as well as the flexibility to redefine fields and messages and not have to revisit test data definitions. You are able to define a number of ISO8583 variations, including the IFSF standard to test both the PoS terminal interface and front-end processors.

The use of XML to hold test data internally allows you to manipulate test data externally using other XML tools and to seed data from your own databases into the authorisation messages. Also, having the test data in XML makes it possible for you to view and validate the test data, prior to it being converted to native ISO8583.The simulators addresses all the testing requirements from component testing through system, user acceptance and pre-certification testing, in one simple and easy to use Windows® environment.A number of ISO8583 definitions, including IFSF, are already configured and supplied as part of the base product but there is the facility to define new ones or modify existing ones to suit your individual needs.

Once the data dictionary has been updated, the simulators understand the new message and field formats without the need for any software changes.Furthermore, test data can be stored in Proteros’s proprietary XML format to ease readability and external manipulation; all data dictionary definitions can be stored in any source code control such as subversion, visual source safe etc. facilitating version control of any set of definitions. The system also comes equipped with the capability to generate expected results and to compare expected against actual results.

Other facilities include: the use of reference data to limit the values a field can take during test data creation, which in turn improves data quality. The simulators can read in data in either native ISO8583 or in XML, for conversion during test execution. An inbuilt hex dump facility assists problem solving by being able to display the data “on the wire” in both hex and character format based on the data dictionary definitions.

Additional Information

Test data can be created within the same environment. Inbuilt message and data element verifiers can ensure that test data is created to meet the specification, eliminating time-consuming data defect investigations, which are the result of poorly constructed data.The Frurion™ testing simulators places the tester in complete control of the testing function and provides the ability to create and repeat tests, time after time, in minutes of using the system.

The inbuilt hex dump analyser, allows you to view the raw data to help determine where potential problems lay, which in turn facilitates the investigation and fix process.Furthermore, there is no need for users (technical or otherwise) to learn a complicated script language to simulate responses to various test scenarios.

At the heart of the simulator is a fully functional transaction-processing engine, which handles message routing, processing and responses. This is coupled with a fully featured accounts management system, which allows any tester to prepare and prime test accounts with an easy to use call-centre interface.The simulator addresses all the testing requirements from component testing through system, user acceptance and pre-certification testing, in one simple and easy to use Windows® environment.

Test data, too, can be created within the same environment and inbuilt message and data element validators ensure that test data is created to meet current ISO8583 message definitions, eliminating time-consuming data defect investigations, which are the result of poorly constructed data.

The Frurion™ test simulators place the tester in complete control of the testing function and provide test analysts with the ability to create and repeat tests, time after time, in minutes of using the system.