Vendor Certificate

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Vendor Certificate

This certificate is generated on the Online Vending CA for every Vendor once the contract has been agreed between the Vendor and the Utility. The certificate identifies the specific vendor by the Utility issued EAN number (ClientID) and ensures that all communication with the Vending Server is secured via TLS and this certificate. The Certificate does not directly identify the Vending Client although the Vendor (that will get the Vending Commission) is registered against all his Vending Clients on the Vending Server. Since the Vendor Certificate is stored on separate hardware, the Vendor may remove it and carry it with him. It is theoretically possible that the Vendor can insert the Certificate into another Vending Client and Vend from that Client. In that Case the Vending Server will still identify the Vendor correctly and deduct the credit from the correct Vendor Account. Similarly, the commission will also be calculated for this same Vendor Account. See Vendor, Vending Client Type, Vendor Role and Security Authority