Product Overview

Frurion™ is a family of totally integrated software products for card payment processing based on a common, scalable processing engine.Frurion™ for card-payment testing consists of a number of test simulators and other related, parameter driven test tools that work together to manage your company’s testing of credit and debit card transactions.

Card-payments are based on the ISO8583 standard, but there are many versions and interpretations of the ISO8583 standard (with the 1987 and 1993 version being the most commonly used), but there are also many other ISO8583 implementations. For example, because every field in every message isn’t defined in the ISO8583 standards, each payment scheme may establish its own special rules for the contents of certain message fields and can vary from one Scheme to another.

All Frurion™ products are based on the Frurion™ payment processing engine that can be dynamically configured to handle any variation of either the ISO8583 or the different APACS standard. The flexibility of Frurion™ stems from having a parameter-driven modular system that can be configured to suit each client’s particular needs. Frurion™ can be modified and enhanced as business and operational requirements change.

Given the dynamic nature of today’s global marketplace, consolidating payment-processing systems to a one-source solution is a powerful way to reduce operations costs. Frurion™ represents excellent value for money, not just in terms of the initial investment, but also as a longer term return on investment. This is a key component in Proteros’s long term partnership approach with its clients.

Technical Details

The Frurion™ simulators can be used to simulate Acquirer, Issuer or PoS transactions. The Acquirer Test Simulator allows your computer to act as the originator of request messages and to send request messages to the host system. The issuer test simulator allows your computer to act as the recipient of requests and to respond to them.Each of the simulators can be configured to establish connections to the host system under test using a variety of parameters and all connections are made using the TCP/IP protocol. If your simulation requires the use of an echo message to keep the TCP/IP connection alive, then this, too, can be defined in the config settings. Alternatively, if your simulation requires a pulse message then this is also available as an option.

Additional Information

The Frurion™ payment system framework provides a mechanism to define the parameter settings that control all the Frurion™ products. It also acts as a central launch pad for all the testing products, including simulators, in the Frurion™ range.Internally, all structures are held and manipulated in XML format. Only when communicating with the outside world, to systems that require ISO8583 or APACS formatted messages, does the transformation from XML take place. This gives Frurion™ the flexibility to dynamically and rapidly implement changes to field attributes and message structures.

Not all implementations of ISO8583 are the same but by being able to support multiple definitions all from the same interface; Frurion™ is able to communicate with a number of payment switches and card schemes without the need for software changes or upgrades. All that is required are parameter settings to reflect the host system’s implementation of ISO8583.