For the past several months, VMware has been working closely with XYZMO to enable SIGNificant—a cutting-edge e-signature solution—to work seamlessly with VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops.

Now, we are pleased to announce our hard work has finally paid off: The latest SIGNificant solution from XYZMO now supports VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops. This exciting development enables new use cases and deployment scenarios, especially for organizations with remote branch offices. Simply put, you can now use the SIGNificant solution with a variety of signature tablets remotely connected to View virtual desktops.

SIGNificant Solution from XYZMO

With more than 10 years of digital-signature expertise, XYZMO has processed millions of electronic signatures via their SIGNificant e-signature solution.

At its core, SIGNificant allows you to perform real-time signature verification and mobile e-signing quickly and confidently. But before we get into how SIGNificant works with Horizon with View, let us first take a look at how it operates in non-VDI environments.

SIGNificant in Non-VDI Environments

In a non-VDI deployment, the signature tablet is connected to the client computer via a USB connection. On the client computer, a SIGNnificant Web Signing Interface (WSI) Java applet fetches the biometric data (x-coordinate, y-coordinate, pressure, time stamp) from the signature tablet and relays this information back to the SIGNificant Server platform for processing. All in all, the process is fairly simple:

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Figure 1: A Non-VDI SIGNificant Deployment

However, in a VDI environment, things get a little trickier.

Challenges of Using Signature Tablets with Virtual Desktops

In the past, organizations have had to use USB redirection on the client computer to redirect the signature tablet to the virtual desktop for use. The performance of redirected USB devices tends to vary greatly over a wide area network (WAN), depending on network latency and packet loss.

In the case of latency or lost packets, the generated signature picture and the corresponding signature data may not accurately reflect the signature of the original signing party, making a forensic examination of the signature and real-time signature verification much more difficult or even impossible.

Luckily, we found a better way.

New Solution: SIGNificant Thin Client Add-On

Now, thanks to our new solution, SIGNificant components are installed on both the client computer and the View virtual desktop.

On the client computer, you install the SIGNificant Thin Client add-on. The Thin Client add-on then leverages the PCoIP virtual channel to manage communications between the signature tablet and the WSI Java Applet running on the virtual desktop. Essentially, this eliminates the need to use USB redirection to connect the signature tablet to the virtual desktop.

The result is a solution that is more resilient, provides better performance over the WAN, and utilizes less bandwidth.

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Figure 2: The New SIGNificant Thin Client Add-On Solution

By Zoe Kleinman – Technology reporter, BBC News

rp_pad_2-300x239.pngThe government is investing in a digital revamp of the UK’s job centres. Electronic pads that recognise job seekers’ signatures using biometric software will be installed at centres around the UK, along with PC workstations and free wi-fi. The computers operate on the government’s network and share the same level of security against hacking and viruses. The equipment has been tested at London Bridge Jobcentre.

“We’ve moved away from customers coming in and standing in a queue waiting to be directed,” said Baljeet Mahal, the branch’s customer services manager. “We don’t have podiums, we don’t have public-access phones. “If you look back to Job Centre Plus from years ago, we had boards with paper cards with vacancies on them – we don’t have those anymore.”

The Department for Work and Pensions, which runs the job centres, estimates that installing the computers will save £2m per year. While their use will not be not monitored formally, Ms Mahal said the screens were visible and staff would “have a chat” if they saw people using them for purposes other than job hunting. Business analyst John Oldroyd told the BBC that cyber-security was crucial for all new equipment.

Job seekers can search for jobs, calculate benefits and update their CVs at the in-house computers. “I think every organisation is a target for hackers,” he said. “Security is a high priority for every system we introduced. “It’s all protected by the Department for Work and Pensions network, there are several firewalls in place.” He added that the signature pads had been designed to store data securely. “The signature pad is used in banks in central Europe,” he said. “It uses biometric software, which measures how somebody writes their signature.

“It’s not concerned so much with the image, but the way you write it – it’s very consistent and individual to you like a fingerprint.” The overall signature also has to correspond at least 80% with six sample signatures, which each individual job seeker has to provide the first time they use the device. “In terms of the signature data we store, we don’t store images, we store data which builds up a signature profile,” added Mr Oldroyd. “If anyone did hack in there’s no way that could be turned back into a visible signature.”

Link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29725890

BIOM€TRICS IN BANKING

October 21st, 2014

Biometrics in Banking’ will further familiarize you with biometric methods and applications by providing you guidance on how biometrics can support you to optimize the following key aspects of the banking process:

  • Customer Interaction
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Fraud Reduction and Prevention

During the seminar we will reflect the many new opportunities arising from the gradual shift away from desktop/notebook computing on smartphones and tablets and share best practice of apps and web-based applications:

  • Hear about biometric solutions for in-branch and mobile environment for internal and customer-facing usage
  • Learn how biometrics support mega trends such as personalization, …
  • Identify how you can embed biometrics into your processes
  • Discuss the impact of biometrics for the mobile payment world to the banking and financial services environment.

The one-day workshop will address the opportunities of biometrics in the financial market. It will be discussed how processes can be designed both biometrically protected and privacy compliant.

When: Friday October 24th 2014, Begin: 10.30 hrs, End: 17.00 hrs
Where: Citibank 25 Canada Square Canary Wharf London, E14 5LB

We are happy to have our customer GE Money Bank present there about “Biometric signature with real-time verification: going the whole way”

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