XRN4780-C – MAM/MAP File transfer mechanism

XRN4780-C – MAM/MAP File transfer mechanism

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    Overview

    XRN4780-C – Inclusion of Meter Asset Provider Identity (MAP ID) in UK Link – was implemented on 22 January 2022 as part of the November 2021 Major Release.

    This change enables Xoserve, the Central Data Service Provider (CDSP), to receive MAP ID information for Supply Meter Points from Meter Asset Managers (MAMs).

    For more details about the change, you can download the Detail Design Change Pack which was approved in April/May 2021.

    More detailed information about the file transfer mechanism including connectivity, file formats and security, is available in the resources section at the bottom of this page.

    If you have any questions, or for more information, please email UKLinkDelivery@xoserve.com.

     

    Design of the file transfer mechanism

    We designed the new file transfer mechanism specifically to negate the need for Information Exchange (IX) equipment. Files will be transferred via Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) instead of using IX.

    Meter Asset Managers (MAMs) systems will place the files in, and receive files from, the MOVEit server; Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) will only receive files from the MOVEit server.


    For more detailed information on the on the design of the new file transfer mechanism, you can download the full design document below.

    Download design document

     

    Connectivity and security

    Files will be transferred via Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) instead of using Information Exchange (IX) or Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) gateways.

    Xoserve will create the SFTP service and provide an information pack to Meter Asset Managers (MAMs) and Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) for setup.

    As the SFTP service is setup, a folder will be created where you can upload the files and send them to the server. The SFTP network uses SSH port 22 (default port for SFTP).

    SSH with private key authentication

    The SFTP service will use Secure Shell (SSH) with private key authentication details provided as part of the setup process.

    Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) versions 1 and 2 are supported by the Secure Shell (SSH) network.

    Connecting to MOVEit

    You will need to connect to MOVEit over the internet and push the files to the MOVEit server at Xoserve.

    Files from the MOVEit server will be in folders specific to each MAM (in accordance with data governance rules).

     

    File formats

    MAM Inbound file flow

    The MAP ID information will be sent by the MAMs to Xoserve via the following files:

    • ONJ
    • ONU
    • CMT

    MAM Outbound file flow

    Xoserve will issue the following response files back to MAMs:

    • RNJ – response to MAM RGMA file (ONJ)
    • RNU – response to MAM RGMA file (ONU)
    • CMO – response to MAM alternative file (CMT)

    Sample RNJ file

    Sample RNU file

    Sample CMO file

    Additional notification flows

    Additional notifications will be sent to Shippers and MAPs for their records and to ensure system alignment.

    Shipper notification

    • SIM – this notification will be sent to Shippers by Xoserve informing them of the MAP ID appointments and de-appointments.

    Sample SIM file

    MAP Notification

    • MON – this notification will be sent to Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) by Xoserve informing them of MAP ID appointments/de-appointments, asset details and organisation details relating to Suppliers and MAMs.

    Sample MON file

    If changes occur daily, the MON file will be sent every day – all changes throughout the day will be batched and sent to the MAP in the evening.

     

    Testing

    There is connectivity testing between Meter Asset Managers (MAMs) and Xoserve, which includes file transfers.

    There will also be data validation testing with sample files - MAMs will have the opportunity to submit files and will then receive response files during the testing.

     

    Information request form – MAMs/MAPs please complete

    This is a request for information from Meter Asset Managers (MAMs) and Meter Asset Providers (MAPs).

    We need the information to enable us to configure connections between MAMs/MAPs and Xoserve’s systems.

    The form below will ask for your organisation, IP and firewall address details along with your primary contact information.

    Once you’ve downloaded and completed the form, please email it to us on the link below.

    Information request form

    Email form

     

    Resources

    These documents and video contain more detailed information about the file transfer mechanism including connectivity, file formats and security.

    An update on our progress up until October 2021.

    Download

    This presentation contains information and attachments, that were useful in preparation for go-live.

    Download

    These are answers to questions that we received in relation to the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) solution for this change.

    Download

    This is a copy of the email issued on 15 November 2021 by the REC Code Manager on behalf of Xoserve.

    Download

    This is a recording of our MAMs/MAPs online engagement meeting on 7 October 2021.

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