Submetering industry terms and vocabulary
The Vendor Role defines the specific actions allowed for a Vendor. The Roles are loosely grouped into the basic Vendor Categories but may be modified on the Server for a specific Vendor. See Admin Role, Vendor Category, Operator, Vendor Type and Vending Client Type
The owner of a Vendor and is typically the entity that signs the contract with the Vendor and manages him. One Vendor Owner may have many Vendors. This link is configured on the Server similar to the way that a Supply Group is linked to an GL Owner for managing transaction data. See GL Owner
Every Vendor has its own Vendor Account. All money deposited into this account will be added to his Credit level. The monetary value of all vending transactions is then deducted from the available Vendor Credit at the time of the transaction. The minimum credit limit for every Vendor is configurable on the Vending Server. See Credit (available), Vendor Account and Vendor Certificate
This certificate is generated on the Online Vending CA for every Vendor once the contract has been agreed between the Vendor and the Utility. The certificate identifies the specific vendor by the Utility issued EAN number (ClientID) and ensures that all communication with the Vending Server is secured via TLS and this certificate. The Certificate does not directly identify the Vending Client although the Vendor (that will get the Vending Commission) is registered against all his Vending Clients on the Vending Server. Since the Vendor Certificate is stored on separate hardware, the Vendor may remove it and carry it with him. It is theoretically possible that the Vendor can insert the Certificate into another Vending Client and Vend from that Client. In that Case the Vending Server will still identify the Vendor correctly and deduct the credit from the correct Vendor Account. Similarly, the commission will also be calculated for this same Vendor Account. See Vendor, Vending Client Type, Vendor Role and Security Authority
One of the typical Vendor Roles The term Vendor may also refer to the vending entity in general, e.g. Shoprite, EasyPay, and the owner of a Spaza shop, may all be referred to as Vendors. See Vendor Role, Vendor Category, Operator, Vendor Type and Vending Client Type
A Vending Terminal is vending device that usually has a proprietary design and communication. It operates similar to a Vending Client but may also have other dedicated functions that would be transparent to Eskom. A Vending Terminal does not communicate directly to the Server but all communication is instead routed via the Vending Gateway. See Vending Gateway, Vending Client.
The Vending Gateway is an intermediary device for a Gateway Vendor. For such a Vendor all the Vend requests will be passed to the Server via this Gateway and similarly the Server will return all the responses to the Gateway. Behind the Gateway, the Vendor may have many proprietary Vending Terminals of different capabilities but all of that is transparent to Eskom since the Terminals never communicate directly with the Eskom Server. Refer to Gateway Vendor for more information on this. See Vendor Type, Gateway Vendor and Vending Terminal
A amount paid to us by a Vendor in order to secure the amounts vended.
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The term has been discontinued due to confusion caused This has now been replaced by the term Gateway. See Vending Gateway, Vending Server, Vending Client and Vending Terminal