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ECS - Electronic Commerce Services (Certification, Negotiation, Billing and Payment modules)

ECS – Electronic Commerce Services: The ECS is module of the ISTforCE platform that could also be considered, used and exploited as a stand-alone product/platform. Currently, it is in a prototype status and therefore would need refinement and some enhancements too.

This module implements a platform that features an Internet gateway for hiring and using (on-line and off-line) software applications. The ECS provides four main functionalities or tools:

- User certification & authentication
(a certificate-based method of user authentication and access control, including its own private;
- Certification Authority, a negotiation tool (an XML-based tool that offers a flexible and easy way of communication between the users and providers and eventually, applications);
- secured electronic payment module (on-line and off-line) and;
- billing too (an XML tool that allows the management – creation, store and submission – of bills).

The ECS platform makes use of the most advance industrial standards of e-commerce, such as XML, HTTP, SSL, X.509, etc.

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