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Adding an EBICS contact

Setting up an EBICS contact is simple and easy. The EBICS wizard guides you step by step through the setup process. Start the setup process by clicking on Add in the toolbar at the top.

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Enter EBICS data

In the first step of the creation process, you enter the data for the EBICS contact. The individual components are explained in the following sections.

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Connectivity information

In the first step of the setup, you must enter the connectivity information for your EBICS contact. Assign a unique name for the EBICS contact. You must know the partner ID and user ID of your EBICS contact and enter these as well. If you do not have this information, please contact your bank.

If you do not have the host ID and the EBICS server address, you can enter the BIC or the sort code in the corresponding field and click on the search symbol to the right. The connection information will then be filled in automatically and a connection test will be carried out.

Assign EBICS key

Select which EBICS key you want to use for authentication. If no EBICS keys exist in your client yet, you can create a new key by clicking on the small blue "plus" symbol. Each EBICS contact is linked to an EBICS key, which is used to authenticate a user. Each EBICS key is in turn protected by a password, which you must enter in order to carry out communication via EBICS if the password for the key is not stored in the database.

Please note that you cannot easily change the assigned EBICS key once the EBICS contact has been initialized. The contact must then be reinitialized in order to be able to assign a different key.

Automation settings

Finally, specify whether automation should be activated for the EBICS contact and, if so, for which actions. This is necessary if, for example, konfipay is to automatically retrieve account transactions at regular intervals. This setting can also be changed later.

If you want to activate automation, the EBICS password for the EBICS key must be saved in the database. If this is not yet the case, you will be asked at the bottom to enter the EBICS password for the key so that it can be saved.

Then specify whether the users in your client should still be required to enter the EBICS password for manual transmission/retrieval despite it being saved in the database. If the "Enter password on transmission" or "Enter password on retrieval" checkboxes are ticked, the EBICS contact is used for automation and the users in your client must still authenticate themselves with the EBICS password for manual actions. If the checkboxes for "Password entry for transfer" or "Password entry for retrieval" are not checked, the EBICS contact is used for automation and the users in your client can perform manual actions without having to enter the EBICS password.

Initialize contact

In the next step, you must initialize the EBICS contact. In this step, konfipay makes contact with the bank's EBICS server for the first time. konfipay transmits the EBICS key you previously selected with which it will later identify itself to the bank. The EBICS key is transmitted to the bank system. To do this, click on Initialize contact.

Download INI letters

Once initialization has been completed, you must download the so-called INI letters (or initialization letters). The INI letters are required by your bank in order to verify the authenticity of your previously transferred keys.

Print out the letters and sign them. Send the manually signed INI letters to your bank (e.g. by fax). Once your bank has processed the letters, the bank will then activate your EBICS access.

Retrieve bank key

Once your bank has received the INI letters and activated your EBICS contact, you can retrieve the bank keys here. Simply click on Retrieve bank key. Please note that this is only possible after your bank has received the signed INI letters and has activated your EBICS contact. Depending on the bank, this process may take a while.

Conclusion

If all the previous steps have been successfully completed, your EBICS contact has now been successfully set up and can be used to its full extent.

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