The Extranet Connect Service is a general tool for external users who need secure communication to appointed Volvo applications. ECS gives a user access to exactly those applications that he/she is authorized to use. It also secures the data traffic during the transport over a public network, like the Internet.
ECS consists of two parts, one client software (hereafter called the ECS-client) and one central VPN-gateway (hereafter called the ECS-gateway). The ECS-client is used to encrypt/decrypt the traffic to and from the ECS-gateway. The ECS client can be installed on a PC with Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Besides to encrypt/decrypt the traffic to and from an ECS-client, the ECS-gateway forces the user to authenticate before the communication can start. It also decides which applications a user have access to on the Volvo network.