VAN Means Value Added Network


VAN means Value Added Network.

A company that can be classified as a Value Added Network (VAN) is a company that can offer both electronic and print solutions.

VAN means Value Added Network.

Usually invoices sent either by e-mail or print, but also from hospitals, miscellaneous banking communications, goverments etc.

They used to be divided into divisions of tech-support, sales etc, but during 2012 all this started to change and many changed their support software to Microsofts CRM, educating their tech-division in sales, thus reducing the need for a sales department.

It seems that more players call themselves VAN these days, but it doesn't mean they have the right to do so. To work for a VAN, you need knowledge of Windows, basic knowledge of XML and Linux.

Most have inhouse solutions, some of which run a lot of PERL and Bash scripts.

When you talk about VAN's the word UN/EDIFACT usually comes up, so what is it?
United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT) is the international EDI standard.

What protocols do they use?

X400 - Is a popular protocol and at one time, the designers of X.400 expected it to be the predominant form of email, but this role has been taken by the SMTP-based Internet e-mail. Despite this, it has been widely used within organizations and was a core part of Microsoft Exchange Server until 2006. Although X.400 was originally designed to run over the OSI transport service, an adaptation to allow operation over TCP/IP, RFC 1006, has become the most popular way to run X.400. Most VAN's use the 84/88 version, but there is one later 92. This protocol is widely used in Asia, Europe and South America.

It is not possible to forge X400 addresses because the sender information is always certified and is traceable to ensure that the way the message travels through is valid. Peer authentication is used by default in the X400 network and is a key feature.

AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is a specification about how to transport data securely and reliably over the Internet. Security is achieved by using digital certificates and encryption. Is becoming the preferred protocol.

FTP / FTPS / SFTP. Of which SFTP is the safest to use.

A list of known Value Added Network's:

  • Adette
  • CGI/WMDATA - The Swedish police's paycheck is sent through their system.
  • Crediflow - Site based on WordPress.
  • EDB Norge
  • EDISolutions
  • InExchange
  • Opus Capita ( f.d Itella )
  • Liaison VAN
  • Locus
  • Nordea
  • Pagero - Site based on WordPress.
  • Palette
  • PostNord / Stralfors - now only has offices in 4 countries.
  • PriHandel - Construction industry focused.
  • Visma ( Uses PostNord/Stralfors VAN )
  • Tieto ( Sweden / Norway )

If we missed some Value Added Networks, do not hesitate to contact us to add to this list !


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