WHAT IS AS2?
Applicability Standard 2 (AS2) is one of the most frequent methods for exchanging EDI data and is highly regarded for its reliability and security. AS2 uses encryption and digital certificates to protect EDI data while in transport and ensures authenticity upon receipt.
Why Use AS2 for EDI Transactions?
In many cases, the answer to this question is simple – your trading partner requires you to use AS2.
In the retail industry, most large enterprises have followed the lead of Walmart in relying on AS2 as the default and required method for EDI data exchange. In the healthcare industry, companies prefer AS2 because it satisfies their HIPAA requirements.
However, there are several valid reasons for using AS2, even if you aren’t required to.
- The security and reliability of AS2 are hard to match
- AS2 doesn’t require in-house EDI hardware
- Transmissions through AS2 are fast and provide immediate verification when the data is received
Quite simply – AS2 is a safe, reliable, and fast way to exchange EDI documents.
EDI Value Added Networks (VANs) and AS2
EDI service providers offer an affordable alternative to implementing AS2 in-house. Rather than configuring AS2 yourself, hassling with digital certificates, and maintaining your EDI network – an EDI provider like BOLD VAN handles everything for you.
Our AS2 specialists will get you configured for AS2 (and any other EDI protocol) quickly, at no extra charge. We handle everything from setup to ongoing maintenance, and you’ll have access to documents sent via AS2 from any device, 24/7.
AS2 is only one of the requirements for EDI compliance, and our EDI service includes support for any EDI requirement your trading partners might have.