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GETTING STARTED

1. Order a copy of the STS Specification from the IEC

IEC 62055-41 :  ELECTRICITY METERING - PAYMENT SYSTEMS - Part 41: Standard transfer specification (STS) - Application layer protocol for one-way token carrier systems

IEC 62055-51 :  ELECTRICITY METERING - PAYMENT SYSTEMS - Part 51: Standard transfer specification (STS) - Physical layer protocol for one-way numeric and magnetic card token carriers

These standards have now been published by the IEC as international standards and are available from the IEC Webstore in Geneva
 

2. Order your Manufacturer Code
 

In order to manufacture STS compliant metering equipment you require a unique manufacturer identification code that you will write into the firmware of the equipment. You can obtain such a code at the time that you are designing your firmware by using the application form link below.
 

MANUFACTURER CODE ORDER FORM
 

You should receive a manufacturer code within 48 hours of submitting this form. If you do not successfully submit equipment for compliance testing withing two years of submitting this order form, the code issued to you will be withdrawn and may be allocated to another manufacturer.
 

WARNING: Before commencing mass production of equipment using your manufacturer code, please check the website of the STS Association to ensure that the manufacturer code that you are using is registered in your name and that the code has not been re-allocated to another manufacturer.

3. Order a copy of the Encryption Algorithm Tables
 

In order to manufacture STS compliant metering equipment you may use the sample encryption table published in the specification. Once you are ready to submit your equipment for compliance testing you will need to replace the sample encryption table with the real tables which you can obtain by using this order form.


Please scan and email the non disclosure agreement to Franco Pucci franco.p@mweb.co.za

ENCRYPTION TABLE ORDER FORM

DOWNLOAD THE NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT
 

The test centre will only be able to test your equipment for STS compliance if you have used the real tables provided to you by the association in your firmware. Please do not submit equipment using the sample tables.

 

4. FAQs

5. STS Association Wiki

SECURITY MODULES

1. Ordering a security module, you may need to purchase a Secure Module
 

Members can purchase initialised security modules from Prism Payment Technologies. You may want to correspond with Shawn o'Neill at Prism to establish exactly which product is best for your application.
 

COMPLIANCE TESTING

1. Submit your Meter for Testing and Certification
 

For purposes of submitting your equipment for STS compliance you will need to comply with the terms of the test specification.  The STS Compliance Test Specification is divided into a number of sections to enable the testing and certification of STS equipment in a variety of configurations.  In most cases any item of equipment, such as a meter or a vending system, would need to be tested and certified according to one or more sections of the CTS.  The introductory part of the CTS, entitled "STS531-0, Quality Plan", gives an overview of the compliance test concept and indicates which parts of the test specification are applicable to various system configurations.
 

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE TEST SPECIFICATION
 

Notify the STS Test Centre of your intention to submit equipment for testing by completing the following order form.
 

STS TEST CENTRE SERVICES ORDER FORM 
 

After submission of the order form you will receive an email with the delivery address and additional instructions for submitting your equipment for testing to the STS Test Centre. Courier costs will be for your own account.
 

If the equipment is approved you will receive a certificate of compliance by email and your equipment will be listed as compliant on the website of the STS Association.

 

2. Submit your vending system for compliance testing 
 

To submit a vending system for STS compliance testing please refer to the the test specification. You will need to complete the forms provided in the test specification and submit these together with the product to the test centre.


The STS Compliance Test Specification is divided into a number of sections to enable the testing and certification of STS equipment in a variety of configurations.  In most cases any item of equipment, such as a meter or a vending system, would need to be tested and certified according to one or more sections of the CTS.  The introductory part of the CTS, entitled "STS501-0, Quality Plan", gives an overview of the compliance test concept and indicates which parts of the test specification are applicable to various system configurations.

 

DOWNLOAD THE TEST SPECIFICATION FOR VENDING SYSTEMS
REQUEST A QUOTATION TO TEST A VENDING SYSTEM
 

 

3. CTS Test Tools

The STS Association has published a Certification tool to enable members to determine which tests are applicable to their meters. The tool allows the member to select their meter or vending system type and support options, and generates a report listing all the relevant documents and test numbers required for compliance. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in the test report, the STSA cannot guarantee that all reports are completely accurate - please refer to the STS test documents if in doubt. Please report any inconsistencies to the STSA so that the errors may be rectified. The test tools may be found here. Note that this tool refers specifically to the STS531 set of test documents, which will be published by the end of February 2015.
 

Please click here for the tool

 

KMC SERVICES

1. Request for key load file

2. Request for security module initialisation
 

3. Getting a Group Supply Code
 

The STS Key Management Centre currently operated under license by Eskom in South Africa, provides initialisation and coding services for STS security modules. These modules can be purchased from Prism Payment Technologies
 

Once new security modules have been initialised by the KMC they must be loaded with one or more Supply Group Code Vending Keys. You can order these keys by using the following form:
 

Security Module Coding Order Form
 

VERY IMPORTANT: The order form for SGC Vending Keys requires that you obtain a signature from the owner of the Supply Group Code. No coding work will be done unless the SGC owner consents to such coding in writing by signing this form.

Your SGC key file which is unique to your security module will be delivered to you by the KMC separately from the actual security module.
 


4. KMC Forms

IEC WEBSTORE

Purchase Specifications from the IEC

IEC 62055-41 : ELECTRICITY METERING - PAYMENT SYSTEMS

Part 41: Standard transfer specification (STS) - Application layer protocol for one-way token carrier systems

IEC 62055-51 : ELECTRICITY METERING - PAYMENT SYSTEMS

Part 51: Standard transfer specification (STS) - Physical layer protocol for one-way numeric and magnetic card token carriers
 

These standards have now been published by the IEC as international standards and are available from the IEC Webstore in Geneva

STS Specifications

Companion specifications are enhancements to the international standards, developed by STSA working groups and published by the STSA, which are destined for inclusion into future releases of the international standards and may be used for development and enhancement of payment systems.

Which edition of a specification should be used?

It is imperative that the latest version of a specification be used for development. The test houses will always use the latest version for compl;ience testing of a product. If there is any uncertainty into which version is the latest, you may visit the STSA website at www.sts.org.za, or contact technical support.


1. STS Specifications