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2.4. Management and Functionality

Section three details how to manage your network for optimal performance and functionality.

Chapter 11, Internet Connectivity

An Internet connection is an essential infrastructure requirement to support the Transport Methods describe in this document.  STAR supports three levels of internet connectivity implementation patterns to accommodate varying needs and cost factors.  The chapter addresses in detail the unique characteristics and minimum requirements of each application.

From the highest service level to the basic functionality to be STAR compliant, the Internet Connectivity Solutions are:

Selection of an Internet Connectivity mechanism depends on the needs of the complete set of the involved trading partners. STAR has identified the minimum requirements that all internet connection should have to successfully interact with business partners; including:

STAR supports open standards based messaging solutions.  The following implementation requirements increase quality and lower cost across the automotive industry:  

Chapter 12, Management

STAR message exchanges take place across the automotive industry using different architectures and diverse software packages.  Because of this, management requirements are necessary to ensure that reasonable and carefully considered Administration, Monitoring and Diagnostic measures are applied to EndPoint Gateways involved in STAR messaging.

SNMP (simple network management protocol) has been applied to monitoring hardware and network devices for years.  The OASIS Web Services Distributed Management Technical Committee is in the process of developing standards regarding management of software/hardware via Web Services and management of Web Services in general. However, these standards are still in the beginning stages.  

ebMS provides a Ping/Pong feature that can be used to monitor status of remote partner endpoint gateways and allows an end point to determine the availability of a partner’s web service.  It is strongly recommended that Ping/Pong messages are digitally signed.  In-depth analysis of this feature can be found in the chapter and also in the ebMS Implementation Guidelines.

Below are recommended management requirements for STAR messaging:


STAR does not conduct or sponsor interoperability testing.  Compliance with the STAR Transport Guidelines is voluntary and performed by the development teams of individual companies.  However, STAR does believe that making testing results available to business partners will benefit the automotive industry as whole by reducing cost and making interactions more compatible and predictable.

The Transport Guidelines team has created a set of conformance checklists to facilitate self testing and a repository to post testing results. The checklist can be found at the back of the chapter.  Descriptions are below:

Completed checklists should be dated and submitted to STAR. Submitting test results is also voluntary and will be made available only to STAR members.