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The XPT Committee manages the following standards:

  • XPT – Transport and Security Protocols

The Transport Committee is charged with i) defining, identifying and developing a set of protocols to be adopted as GSA’s Transport Standards which are consistent with the transport functionality described in the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model (ISO Standard 7498-1) and which provide the necessary transport services for GSA messaging protocols (such as G2S and S2S) but which are independent of said protocols, and ii) providing documentation to support implementation and certification of said Transport Standards.

The Scope of the Transport Committee is limited to the development of transport protocols necessary and sufficient to implement GSA messaging Standards with the sole purpose of such protocols being to enable products to communicate and interoperate with each other in a standard manner. The use of general non-proprietary technologies is specifically contemplated as part of the overall Scope of the Transport Committee.

The Scope shall not include (a) any Enabling Technologies that may be necessary to make or use any Product or portion of a Product that utilizes a Transport Standard; or (b) the implementation of other published specification(s) referred to in the body of a Transport Standard but which are not explicit component(s) thereof; or (c) any Product(s), portions of Product(s), or combination(s) of Product(s) themselves.

For the purpose of this Charter, Enabling Technologies and/or Products include, but are not limited to, applications such as games, bonusing, progressives, player tracking, player authentication, application content authentication, accounting, device or game security, and other technologies or products of a similar nature.

The committee shall:

  1. Consider best of breed protocols to fulfill its charter.
  2. Use commonly accepted computer industry standards whenever possible.
  3. Use the following 6 layers of the OSI Model as a framework for executing the charter: Presentation, Session, Transport, Network, Data Link and Physical layers.
  4. Consider both backward and forward compatibility as it executes its charter.
  5. Solicit input from GSA members, GSA committees and industry groups.
  6. Develop protocols that can be consistently implemented by adopters.
  7. Implement a continuous improvement process for the protocols created.
  8. Produce, under the direction of the Chair, an annual plan with objectives that are consistent with the GSA’s annual plan or board directives.
  9. Ensure that the standards meet the industry needs of Information Assurance: Availability, Integrity, Authentication, Confidentiality and Non-Repudiation.
  10. Develop new Transport Standards only when business requirements cannot be met by an existing transport standard.