SignWise becomes a member of EEMA

EEMA is Europe’s leading independent, non-profit eIdentity & Security association. Thus SignWise joins a legion of ca 160 respected organisations in their efforts to further eBusiness and legislation.

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Established in 1987, EEMA is an independent association of IT professionals, businesses and governments, providing business and technical networking opportunities at both local and regional levels in the broad areas associated with digital identity and its applications, including security.

EEMA works with its European members, governmental bodies, standards organisations and interoperability initiatives throughout Europe to further eBusiness and legislation.

EEMA’s remit is to educate and inform around 160 Member organisations (and over 1,500 Member contacts) on the latest developments and technologies, at the same time enabling Members of the association to compare views and ideas.

Examples of organisations taking advantage of EEMA membership are Unilever, Volvo, Shell, Hoffman la Roche, KPMG, Magyar Telecom Rt, National Communications Authority, Hungary, Microsoft, HP, and the Norwegian Government Administration Services…and now SignWise, to name but a few

EEMA also holds meetings and conferences plus facilitates working groups who produce reports on topical subjects – so see you at the next events or read about SignWise’s experiences in the field of eIdentity in the future reports.

Future now: Paperless Trade and Governance

SignWise’s CEO Tiit Anmann shared our experience on the legal aspects of eSignatures in New Dehli, India during the UN/CEFACT Forum’s workshop on “Security and Authentication to stimulate Paperless Trade/Governance”.

Photo caption: The Internet has connected us with the whole world and eSignatures have taken it even further, allowing us to conduct business and deal with the Government independently of our location.

The Internet has connected us with the whole world and eSignatures have taken it even further, allowing us to conduct business and deal with the Government independently of our location.

The Forum was organized by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and E-business (UN/CEFACT) from 27 to 31 October 2014.

UN/CEFACT’s principal focus is on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows, and so contributing to the growth of global commerce.

Forum sessions are held bi-annually in different locations throughout the world. Information on previous Forums is available at: http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/index.php?id=3145

New Use Cases and Business Models for the eID

SignWise participated in the National eID & ePassport Conference in Budapest, Hungary as one of the sponsors and industry experts, offering expert views in the panel “ID ahead – New Use Cases and New Business Models”.

The forum took place on the 13th-14th of October 2014 and concentrated on electronic identification. Over 30 speakers and 250 experts, key industrial as well as top-level government representatives from over 40 countries participated in high profile keynotes, case-oriented panel sessions, workshops, networking and exhibition.

SignWise’s VP Raymond Breckon participated in the case-oriented panel session “ID ahead – New Use Cases and New Business Models” along with Mr. Artur Reaboi, Chief Enterprise Architect of e-Government Center Moldavia; Mr. Mayer Győző, Expert, GIRO, Hungarian Clearing House; Mr. Gábor Dávidházy, Project Director, National Mobile Payment LTD, Hungary and Iain McCallum, Director GSMA. The panel was moderated by Jorge Alcobia, CEO, Multicert, Portugal and Chairman of the Conference.

panel session “ID ahead - New Use Cases and New Business Models”. Photo credit: National eID & ePassport Conference.

Panel session “ID ahead – New Use Cases and New Business Models”. Photo credit: National eID & ePassport Conference.

According to Raymond Breckon the citizens take up of eID services is driven by access to well designed applications. It is not enough for a government to roll out eID cards unless it provides the application access that goes with it. “The world is divided into three types of countries at the moment: those who have yet to start, those who have just rolled out the eID card but done little with it and those who have made it a success,” said Breckon, adding: “But the possibilities are unlimited even from an eSignature prospective – why just signing a PDF, why not sign also photographs, music files, the ability to copyright things quickly?”

Other new business models pointed out in the panel included areas like using eID for:

• buying a car, house or to register a birth;

• anywhere you currently use password and login e.g. on your PC;

• gaming – gambling and age restricted games, lotteries;

• adult entertainment ‘consumer age verification’;

• protection of personal or company data held on PC / Cloud / or mobile  - reduce concerns about security on the cloud/ Amazon Web server solutions / Dropbox;

• credit card authentication for online purchases: PayPal, eBay, Amazon;

• reducing fraud on peer-to-peer transactions e.g. eBay;

• driving license combined with an eID;

• education – authenticated registration and use of MOOC-s (massive open online courses)

We would like to hear your ideas on the topic – which new business models do you see for the eID?

SignWise goes Belgium!

SignWise goes Belgium

SignWise goes Belgium

It is with great pleasure that we can announce yet another country support to our service – Belgium. The list of countries is now up to seven and we will not stop until we’ve truly completed the European dream of the Digital Single Market.

Our CEO Tiit Anmann comments: “Belgium is the heart of Europe and we are pleased for this new milestone in our cross-border e-signing and authenticating service – an option to sign documents electronically with a Belgian ID-card. Not to mention that with every new country support we get one step closer to the Digital Single Market.”

Let it be noted that SignWise is developing new country supports constantly and will be rolling out its service to the rest of the eID enabled countries of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) during 2014 and 2015.

SignWise provides trusted and secure infrastructure to authenticate and validate identities, e-sign documents and validate e-signatures, both in country and cross-border use. Today the service can be used by Swiss, Belgian, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Azerbaijani state issued e-identity owners.

5000 of the most prominent Nordic business leaders gather in Helsinki

The biggest and most important business forum in the Nordic countries – the Nordic Business Forum will take place on 9 – 10 October in Helsinki, bringing together ca 5000 of the region’s top business people.  Among the forum’s keynote speakers is actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and one of world’s top football coaches, Sir Alex Ferguson. For the first time, Estonia is among the event partners.

Tanel Padar Blues Band will perform at the Official Nordic Business Forum After-Party.

Tanel Padar Blues Band will perform at the Official Nordic Business Forum After-Party.

According to the Enterprise Estonia foreign representative in Helsinki, Valdar Liive, the partner status in the forum will help improve Estonia’s reputation and name, and to create contacts with potential and existing foreign investors. „Being a partner will make us more visible and demonstrate our dedication and trustworthiness, and will also support the idea of a Talsinki economic area. Economic co-operation between Estonia and Finland is already efficient, but it could be better in the sense of co-operation between “brains”. In addition, we will have a great opportunity to introduce important international events held in Estonia, for example, the Estonian ICT Week, taking place for the second time in May of the following year,“ Liive said.

Aare Tammemäe, the chairman of the board of FinanceEstonia, the organisation representing the financial sector, believes that the Nordic Business Forum is an important meeting venue for decision-makers of the Nordic Countries. „Finland is one of the export markets closest to Estonia. The presence of our financial sector together with our Nordic neighbours’ will give us the opportunity to present the opportunities of the Estonian financial sector and to show that, in addition to the banking sector, Estonia has many alternative companies active in the financial sector,” Tammemäe explained.

„The most innovative business workshop in the Nordic Countries provides its participants with a chance to meet with real leading entrepreneurs. SignWise will be happy to present a new milestone in their cross-border electronic signature and authenticating service – an option to sign business documents electronically with Belgium,” Tiit Anmann, the CEO of SignWise added.

Enterprise Estonia along SignWise will be hosting the Official After-Party and Networking night on the first day of the forum where the Finnish Minister of Blues Esa Kuloniemi and Estonian Tanel Padar with his Blues Band will guarantee an evening to remember.

Nordic Business Forum 2014, taking place for the fifth time, has become one of the most important business events in the Nordic Countries, bringing together over 5300 leaders and entrepreneurs across the world, including 400 participants from Estonia this year. The participants will be world-famous leaders in entrepreneurship and opinion. Nordic Business Forum 2014 will take place on the 9th and 10th of October, in the Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki.

We apologize: an error in Certification Centre’s international services prevents e-signing in Latvia

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We would like to let you know and apologize for the fact that at the moment the e-signing of the new digital document file format BDOC is not working properly in Latvia. Disturbances are caused by an error in Estonian Certification Centre’s (legal name AS Sertifitseerimiskeskus) international services.

After investigating the matter, we can assure you that the service has been disrupted only for the Latvian ID-card users who wish to sign BDOC files, the e-signing of PDF-format documents works perfectly in Latvia. Also, all existing document formats can be e-signed without disruptions by Estonians, Finns, Lithuanians, the Swiss and Azerbaijanis.

We are in constant contact with the Certification Centre, but so far we have not been provided information on when the error is eliminated. For our part, we make every effort to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and we’ll keep you informed of the situation.

Update: We are happy to announce that as of today, September 9, everything is working just fine. Thank you for your patience!

Our new portal ups usability and looks amazing*

To mark historical events like the now occurring NATO Summit in Wales, we @SignWise decided to launch our new portal.

All in the name of improving its usability and of course make it even prettier. The portal boasts also some new features like the preview mode of PDF and picture files – permitting you to properly oversee what you are currently e-signing.

Since pictures speak more than a 1000 words, here’s a little teaser from the new portal.

New Portal view PDF preview

It is now officially inaugurated – welcome! And do let us know what you think and how we could improve it even more.

* – in our humble opinion.  

Young international journalists got a glimpse of SignWise

On 3–10 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted young journalists and students of journalism from the countries where Estonia has an embassy. During their weeklong stay in Estonia, the young journalists were introduced to various aspects of Estonia. Including an overview of developments in society, e-government, business and science. With the help of our CLO Ms Liisi Jürgen, the journalists also got an overview of SignWise – the first cross-border e-signing and authentication service in the EU.

“Our wish is that what the journalists see in Estonia during this week would make them enthusiastic about coming back and continue communicating with Estonian people and experts, and inspire them to follow what is happening in our country in their international media work,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Government Office will bring to Estonia 100 young journalists and students of journalism in four years within the framework of a training programme “100 friends” designed for young journalists and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

The journalists were invited to visit Estonia for a week in cooperation with the Estonian embassies in China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Photos: Karli Suvisild (e-Estonia Showroom)

SignWise's Chief Legal Officer Ms Liisi Jürgen speaks to the young journalists.

SignWise’s Chief Legal Officer Ms Liisi Jürgen speaks to the young journalists.

CLO Liisi Jürgen introduces SignWise

Young international journalists at the e-Estonia Showroom.

Young international journalists at the e-Estonia Showroom.

SignWise and 111 Estonian Honorary Consuls (gallery)

Estonia may be a small country, but it is well represented all over the world in addition to the Embassies, Permanent representations and consulates general there are 186 Estonian Honorary Consuls in 82 countries in total. In the beginning of July, 111 of them gathered in Tallinn for the VII conference of the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Estonia. SignWise with its cross-border service co-sponsored and presented at the event.

The sponsorship part meant providing personalized digital ID test-kits along with smart-card readers for each and every Honorary Consul so they could test SignWise e-signing and authentication service as well as i-voting provided by Cybernetica. This came to life thanks to collaboration with Trüb, e-Governance Academy, Aktors and Elion.

One might not know, but the number of countries where electronic or digital ID-s exist is quite big. But there are also quite a few countries where the eID-s have been emitted but where there are almost no existing e-services to use them with. So a digital ID test-kit along with a functioning e-service to test it with sparked curiosity in many Honorary Consuls.

Also attending the conference was the Estonian Minister of Foreign Trade and Entrepreneurship Mrs Anne Sulling who stressed the importance of closer engagement with the Estonian Honorary Consuls – to promote their valuable networks and know-how to the Estonian companies looking for expansion across the borders. Considering that 91% of Estonian GDP consists of export, it only makes sense.

When SignWise’s CEO Mr Tiit Anmann made a demo of the cross-border e-signing to the Honorary Consuls it sparked interest and questions regarding the service – both from countries where the electronic identities already exist and where they still are a foreign concept. Want to know whether SignWise is already available in your country? Click here to find out right now.

Photo gallery (photographers: Terje Parts, Erik Peinar)

In regards of official representations the Republic of Estonia has currently 34 Embassies, 7 Permanent Representations or Consulates Generals and 4 Chancelleries plus 1 Special Mission. In addition to that there are also 186 Honorary Consuls in 82 countries…and still counting.

In regards of official representations the Republic of Estonia has currently 34 Embassies, 7 Permanent Representations or Consulates Generals and 4 Chancelleries plus 1 Special Mission. In addition to that there are also 186 Honorary Consuls in 82 countries…and still counting.

It was already the VII Conference that the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Estonia has held for the Honorary Consuls. The conferences are held every 3 years with the aim to give an overview of Estonia’s recent developments and provide the Consuls also an opportunity to network.

It was already the VII Conference that the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Estonia has held for the Honorary Consuls. The conferences are held every 3 years with the aim to give an overview of Estonia’s recent developments and provide the Consuls also an opportunity to network.

SignWise’s CEO Mr Tiit Anmann during the demo and Undersecretary Legal and Consular Affairs Mr Lauri Bambus.

SignWise’s CEO Mr Tiit Anmann during the demo and Undersecretary Legal and Consular Affairs Mr Lauri Bambus.

There’s been a substantial growth in the Estonian Honorary Consuls’ numbers. In 2011 there were 141, as of this year already 186. In the midst of the Honorary Consuls’ the main organizer of the Honorary Consuls’ Conference Ms Kirsti Anipai from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be seen.

There’s been a substantial growth in the Estonian Honorary Consuls’ numbers. In 2011 there were 141, as of this year already 186. In the midst of the Honorary Consuls’ the main organizer of the Honorary Consuls’ Conference Ms Kirsti Anipai from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be seen.

The main organizer of the Honorary Consuls’ Conference Ms Kirsti Anipai-Peinar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Technical Expert Helen Naarits, Director of IT department Mr Kristo Kaasan, Counsellor of Government Office Mr Gert Uiboaed

The main organizer of the Honorary Consuls’ Conference Ms Kirsti Anipai from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Technical Expert Helen Naarits, Director of IT department Mr Kristo Kaasan, Counsellor of Government Office Mr Gert Uiboaed

SignWise breakfast meeting with 2nd largest trading partner of Lithuania (gallery)

On May 28th, SignWise held a breakfast meeting with the European Business Network in Vilnius.  The event at the Estonian Embassy brought together various Ambassadors, diplomats, lawyers and other business representatives.

The European Business Network (EBN) is the initiative of the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands and Portugal, bringing together their respective countries’ business communities in Lithuania and supporting them and Lithuanian companies in their efforts to grow their trade and investment activities.

The EBN is a unique organisation; it provides a common platform for building productive relationships with the corporate sector and Lithuanian government through networking via the embassies. EBN countries represent 20% of all FDI in Lithuania, 25% of exports and more than 21% of imports. This makes EBN the 2nd largest trading partner of Lithuania.

The EBN organises regularly scheduled events with speakers on economic, legal and other important and timely developments in Lithuania and Europe which are of interest to members and, of course, to provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

SignWise's Country Manager in Latvia, Mr Mārtiņš Bērziņš, opened the meeting with an introductory presentation on “Cross-border electronic signing and authenticating”.

SignWise’s Country Manager in Latvia, Mr Mārtiņš Bērziņš, opened the meeting with an introductory presentation on “Cross-border electronic signing and authenticating”.

Opening note by H.E., the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Lithuania, Mr Toomas Kukk

Opening note by H.E., the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Lithuania, Mr Toomas Kukk

The event at the Estonian Embassy brought together various Ambassadors, diplomats, lawyers and other business representatives.

The event at the Estonian Embassy brought together various Ambassadors, diplomats, lawyers and other business representatives.

SignWise's Chief Legal Officer, Ms Liisi Jürgen's presentation was on “The legal scope of electronic signatures in the European Union

SignWise’s Chief Legal Officer, Ms Liisi Jürgen’s presentation was on “The legal scope of electronic signatures in the European Union”

Networking after the presentations.

Networking after the presentations.

First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, Mrs Külliki Linnamägi, SignWise's CLO, Ms Liisi Jürgen and SignWise's CTO, Mr Ott Sarv

First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, Mrs Külliki Linnamägi, SignWise’s CLO, Ms Liisi Jürgen and SignWise’s CTO, Mr Ott Sarv