IFSF and Conexxus are working together to develop standards for the integration of service station equipment and systems that can be applied worldwide.
While Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) are recognised as being the most commonly adopted means by which integration will be achieved, to date there has been no common consensus on the terminology used in the sector served by these standards bodies. The initiative to develop a Data Dictionary for Retail Fuels and Convenience by IFSF and Conexxus seeks to establish that standardised terminology and thereby promote interoperability. That will be achieved by ensuring the key data elements used in the standards are clearly defined and their meaning and usage common in all standards and implementations, promoting rapid development of global solutions.
Although the actual API’s developed by IFSF and Conexxus from this dictionary will be for use by members of each organisation, the dictionary will be open to public access to enable interoperability with API’s developed by industry partners and vendors such as auto manufacturers, mobile application developers, telematics, supply chain and consumer packaged goods manufacturers and distributors.
It is anticipated that, when the need for additional data elements and/or objects is identified by any other dictionary user, these will be submitted to IFSF and Conexxus to be considered as an extension to the public dictionary. In this way, a comprehensive dictionary serving the needs of the Retail Fuels and Convenience sector can be developed.