The existing incoming document capture system is an application for capturing and validating incoming supplier documents. E-Control Austria provides an electronic file format for transmitting incoming invoices in digital form. For this purpose, the files are stored on FTP servers by billers and retrieved and processed by bill recipients.
Analogous to the German EDIFACT process, an incoming document capture system has already been implemented so that electronic invoices in E-Control Austria's XML format can also be imported from the customer's own Biztalk server. The distribution network operators will be contacted step by step as test partners of the customer. Furthermore, the existing processing of electronic documents will be extended to include the special features of invoicing by these distribution network operators.
The network operators in the Austrian market use the XML format of E-Control in different ways. The format offers a variety of uses, such as the creation of annual invoices, monthly invoices, the request for future installment payments, and the clearing of credit balances and receivables. Some documents are delivered with or without energy quantities with assigned OBIS key figures. The different cases are addressed and the processing of the documents is ensured, for which extensive testing activities are necessary.