Copyright 2014

Bundesdruckerei CEO: eIDAS opens the door for electronic signatures

Ulrich Hamann, CEO of Bundesdruckerei, has noted in a statement that the Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS) comes into effect in all EU Member States on 1 July.

Up to now, electronic signatures have failed to become widely established. A frequent barrier cited was the enormous amount of organisational and technical effort needed.

In a statement, Bundesdruckerei noted that the most important new aspect of the European Regulation is the use of the secure yet user-friendly electronic signature with smart phones and tablets, the so-called remote signature. Now, thanks to eIDAS, electronic signatures are possible without a signature card and reader.

As one of the first providers in Germany, we have integrated the new eIDAS-compliant mobile signature into our sign-me web platform. This makes it easier than ever before for our customers to sign online, explained Hamann, CEO of Bundesdruckerei. The easy-to-use electronic signature with sign-me is another milestone on the road towards secure digitisation of medium-sized companies in Germany, said Hamann.

Online loans, digital contracts or documents from public authorities can be signed electronically via sign-me in a simple and secure manner. sign-me comes with a web interface that can be integrated into the online offers of banks, insurance companies, public authorities or businesses.

sign-me covers the entire online signature process without the need for special signature software, without a signature card, without a reader or the assistance of signature experts, said Hamann. Bundesdruckereis offer for mobile eIDAS-compliant signatures will be launched in first pilot applications beginning July 2016.