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J/XFS is an alternative API to CEN/XFS (which is Windows specific) written in Java with the objective to provide a platform agnostic client-server architecture for financial applications, especially peripheral devices such as EFTPOS terminals and ATMs which are unique to the financial industry.

With the move to a more standardized software base, financial institutions have been increasingly interested in the ability to pick and choose the application programs that drive their equipment. J/XFS provides a common Object Oriented API between a pure Java application and a wide range of financial devices, providing a layer of separation between application and device logic that can be implemented using a native J/XFS API or wrapping an existing implementation in JavaPOS or CEN/XFS.

J/XFS was developed by leading system suppliers DeLaRue, IBM, NCR, Wincor Nixdorf and Sun Microsystems and is now hosted, monitored and maintained by the European Committee for Standardisation, CEN.

History

Chronology:

  • 1998 - The J/XFS Forum founded with initial meeting held in Stuttgart, Germany. Host: IBM.
  • 1999 - First meetings, introduction of J/XFS to the CEN standardisation body in Brussels, Belgium, and release 1.0.
  • 2000 - Release of FDI 1.01.
  • 2001 - Releases of FDI 1.1, 2.0 and 2.1.
  • 2002 - Next version of J/XFS due for release.
  • 2004 - Publication of new J/XFS CEN Standard Version CWA 14329.

Devices covered by the specifications

  • Printer Devices
  • Receipt/Journal/Passbook/Document-Printer and Scanner
  • Cash Dispenser/Recycler
  • Pin Pad Device
  • ID Card
  • Chip Card and Magnetic Stripe Devices
  • Text I/O Device
  • Alarm Device
  • Depository Units
  • Check Readers and Scanners
  • Sensors and Indicators
  • Cameras

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