Advanced Digital Signature Management

The written form requirement, the related document-based processes and postal dispatch hampered consistent digitalisation in the past. As a result of the EU Regulation No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European internal market (eIDAS) as well as the annulment of the Signature Act and the Signature Regulation dated 1 July 2016, it is possible for vendors, sales partners and consumers to provide electronic signatures.

The qualified electronic signature serves as evidence that an electronic document was issued by a legal or natural person and verifies the origin and integrity of a document.

The afb Fast Integration Business Service 'Advanced Digital Signature Management' is employed wherever documents require signatures. It eases the burden of all stakeholders by maximally reducing paper documents and thus simplifying procedures.

Features Advanced Digital Signature Management

  • End-to-end digitalisation of document-based business processes
  • Business service for producing and processing a digital signature on digital documents
  • Integrated workflow, from uploading the document to be signed through to the successful signature
  • Taking into consideration all necessary software components, from activating external signature smart cards, the remote triggering of signatures through to checking the signed documents
  • Supporting all common document formats such as .pdf, .doc, .xml and .txt
  • Seamless integration into existing online offers via freely designable web interface able to be adapted to corporate design requirements
  • Simple connection to various document-issuing systems via standardised interface
  • Optional comfort functionalities such as synchronisation with ECM, ERP or DMS solutions

    Advantages at a glance

    •  Efficiency gains: by using the electronic signature, the physical dispatch of documents becomes superfluous as all contractual partners have online access to the electronic (signed) document. This results in a more efficient processing of documents and applications.
    • Customer orientation: the possibility of checking contractual documents independently of opening hours and without time pressure of signing them electronically and administering them centrally in a secured portal, increases customer satisfaction.
    • Cost optimisation: the binding online correspondence enables processes without media discontinuity and thus saves transaction costs.
    • Legal security: the qualified electronic signature evidences the origin and integrity of a document, is legally effective and is admissible as evidence in court proceedings.


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