Our framework allows businesses to choose the ideal e-signature solution for any type of process or channel. Some businesses might consider our purely desktop-based approach, but for most use cases the server-based approach is preferred as it provides the following advantages:

  •  The integration to existing systems is purely server-side, which is the natural choice for a server-based back-end architecture
  •  The PDF document is only stored in the data-center and not automatically distributed to the clients
  •  Only one back-end integration for different e-signing methods and deployment options:
    • Biometric handwritten signatures that a graphologist can authenticate like on paper
      • Web browser and signature pads: A Java Applet automatically detects the signature capturing device. The client only needs to run a compatible Web browser like IE, Chrome or Firefox.
      • Pen displays: Simultaneous activities from the customer and the operator on their respective screens will not interfere with each other. Slideshows and videos can be centrally managed.
      • iOS and Android: Native apps deeply integrated with the platform support pressure-sensitive pens and a natural signing experience. Smart document syncing enables full offline usage. Optional front-end SDKs enable a seamless integration into existing iOS/Android UIs.
      • Rich Clients: Java and .NET SDKs allow a seamless integration into existing rich client UIs, enabling full control over the user experience.
      • Virtualized/thin clients: Accurately capture handwritten signatures even on clients connected through Citrix or RDP – avoid packet loss resulting from the latency of production networks.
    • PKI-based signatures based on digital certificates – Either sign in a Web browser or integrated in a rich client through SDKs.
    • Draw-, Type- or Click-2-Sign signature based on a 2nd factor authentication and audit trails – Sign using a HTML5 UI on any web-enabled device without the need to download anything.

The act of signing a document has long been accepted by nearly every culture as one’s recognition of and agreement on the contents. Although we never sign exactly the same way twice, the signature adheres within certain boundaries unique to each individual. This is a huge difference from fingerprints or retinal patterns, which remain constant over time. The execution of a person’s signature will always be unique and individual at that particular moment and for each individual document.

A recent BBC news article deals with the question if a signature is still useful:

….There’s a recognition among educationalists that “writing is about more than making these marks on a page”, says Rhona Stainthrop, professor of education at the University of Reading, who works with the National Handwriting Association. And this applies to signatures as well as to ordinary script.

“I do know when I talk to young children they’ve got this concept of a signature,” she says. “It’s something you see in late primary school – they begin to start developing one. They’re making Christmas cards and Mothers’ Day cards in class and signing them.”

The fact this kind of attachment is formed to our own signatures at such an early age suggests the signature may have more life in it than the techno-enthusiasts might imagine. If it survives, it won’t be because it’s safer or more efficient, but because people develop an emotional attachment to their own one.

“It’s not like a Pin,” Mike Allen, a forensic document analyst with 30 years experience. “It’s someone making their mark and saying ‘I agree with this.’ It’s not about being safer – the value of it is that it’s you.”

More than that, it’s also uniquely and entirely yours. Sincerely.

Read the full article.

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