The essentials of SWIM constitute the key concepts which make SWIM possible.

Four key concepts

The essentials of SWIM include information services, information, and technical infrastructure. These elements allow the management of ATM-related information and its exchange between qualified parties via interoperable services. The services can be discovered via the Registry.

SWIM enabled applications and IP-based networks are closely related since SWIM enabled applications exchange information through the use of SWIM information services which in turn use technical infrastructure capabilities with underlying IP connectivity. SWIM is a collaborative, standardised, governed and managed method of information exchange in a networked environment.