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About Cyclos

Features   The key features of Cyclos are discussed below.

For participants

Cyclos is a marketplace and transactional system in one. So what does that mean?

Think of an online meeting point of supply and demand. People use it to search for goods and services and/or to advertise goods and services. Participants can advertise, ask, and search.

An example of a transactional system is online banking. Each participant has one or more accounts, can make and receive payments, and may send and receive bills.

Other functionalities include:

- A built-in message system to send messages to the administration or other participants, either in the Cyclos mailbox or via email
- The option to receive notifications of new payments, bills, expiring loans and so on.
- The option to receive notifications of a new advertisement that satisfies personal criteria
- An address book of frequently used contacts
- Advanced search possibilities
- The option to give and receive feedback
- Complete, searchable transaction history
- Loans and automatic repayments
(some functionalities may be disabled by your organization)

For administrators

- Extensive group configuration. One-to-many group - account type linking. Settings, transaction fees, contributions, transaction types, custom fields, page styles, can all be defined at the group level.
- Extensive account configuration
- Extensive transaction fees and contributions configuration
- Integrated multi-currency options
- Extensive reporting and statistics
- User password reset function
- All text elements can be changed
- All style elements (colors, fonts, background images) can be changed
- All customized items can be reset
- Custom fields can be added to participant profiles, advertisements and transactions, at the group level
- Integrated messages and notifications system
- Authorizations can be set at multiple levels
- Security by access filters at ip-level, blocking of scripted login attacks, captcha at the registration level
- Login security by password policy enforcement, PIN and/or password authentication, transaction PIN/passwords
- External transactions via web services
- Display of advertisements in external systems via web services
- Import and export of text elements and settings
- Smart card payment option (POS)
- SMS-module for payments and account access via SMS
- Import of external system transactions by import or web service
- Import and export of participants, advertisements and categories
- Roll back of transactions
- Authorized transactions
- Reconciliation
- and many more

More information   Technical information on Cyclos

Open Source Cyclos 3.7 offers a feature-rich and adaptable environment for Time Banks, Complementary Currencies and LETS. Cyclos 3.7 is implemented as a Java Servlets Web Application, which makes it robust, secure, and scalable. It is well suited for small groups as well as large scale commercial usage scenarios.

Cyclos 4 release is a complete redesign of Cyclos. It is based on Webkit, closed-source and licensed by STRO. It contains all of the functionality of Cyclos 3.7. In addition, it has extended API functions, web front functionality, shopping cart, and more. There will be a migration path if you want to go from 3.x to Cyclos 4.

There are English, German and other language demos at the Cyclos project site:


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