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CeBit 2010: Softpro shows how to take signatures seriously

03-02-2010 10:53 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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The Signature Professionals of Softpro expect many visitors at stand C24 in hall 3 at CeBIT 2010

The Signature Professionals of Softpro expect many visitors at stand C24 in hall 3 at CeBIT 2010

The Signature Professionals present state of the art in E-Signing and Check Fraud Detection

It's one of the major IT-trends of the last two years: Handwritten signatures are embedded in more and more digital workflows to guarantee authenticity. Combining the benefits of biometric signatures and cryptographic techniques is becoming more and more widespread. The basic idea is taking signatures seriously and make signature biometrics meet digital signatures. In 2009 the European IT security association TeleTrusT has awarded its innovation award for best practice in applied electronic signatures to Softpro-customer CECA - the Spanish Savings Banks Organization (Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros) for the use of SignPads for digitizing of handwritten signatures in Spanish savings banks. In 2010 CECA presents this solution with Softpro as "best practice" at the world's number one IT-show CeBIT. Softpro (hall 3, stand C24) provides detailed information for CeBIT-visitors how handwritten signatures are trustworthy embedded in digital processes.

Cutting costs by migrating from paper-based processes to a digital workflow has key priority in almost every industry vertical. Hence Softpro has chosen the slogan "Sign better without paper" for its 2010 CeBIT presence. The Signature Professionals present solutions which are already successfully in production in banks, insurance companies, at telecommunications providers and among retailers in various countries. Ralph Maute, Product Manager: "We are happy to provide visitors to Cebit with exciting news about our latest installations which went live this quarter at major banks in South Africa and Southeast Asia. We will show the broad range of electronic signing - like opening of an account, applying for contracts with insurance companies or telecommunication companies or paperless direct debit receipts." Some of the applications were developed in close co-operation with renowned partners such as Adobe, TeleCash and Höltl Retail Solutions.

CeBIT is the key trade fair for Softpro, especially because of its increasingly international orientation. Heinz Reschke, CEO of Softpro: "Our global experience is more important than ever for our prospects, customers and partners across the world. There is no better place for networking and business generation as this is the only cross-vertical IT-show that has an impact across the continents. It is a truly global meeting place."

Presenting Best Practice In German-Spanish IT-projects

Softpro demonstrates a real success story that is closely linked with the partner country of CeBIT 2010 - Spain: The use of SignPads digitizing signatures in Spanish savings banks has been awarded by IT security TeleTrusT association with the Innovation Award 2009 for best practice in applied electronic signatures.

For the official German-Spanish IT Summit on March 2 BITKOM and its Spanish partner association AETIC prepared the publication "German-Spanish Success Stories". The brochure features selected outstanding success stories in bilateral business cooperation between German and Spanish ICT companies. SOFTPRO is part of that publication with an entry about the project "Firma Digitalizada" with CECA with a report titled "Taking Signatures Seriously - make signature biometrics meet digital signatures".

In the official German-Spanish workshop on IT Security on 4 March 2010 from 10 clock Santiago Uriel, the CIO of the Spanish savings banks organization, and Ralph Maute, Product Manager of Softpro, demonstrate how handwritten signatures are embedded in trustworthy manner in an electronic workflow.

Handwritten Signatures in the Digital Workflow

It is easy to understand why more and more companies integrate handwritten signatures in electronic processes using SignDoc-- Handwritten signatures offer what Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) or other Biometrics such as finger prints cannot provide:
Signatures are a non-intrusive proof of intent.
Signatures are culturally accepted and understood
Signing is the most personal way for authentication
The invisible biometric characteristics of signatures such as the different levels of writing pressure cannot be spied out.

These are reasons enough for more and more companies to take signatures seriously. Softpro's SignDoc allows these companies to trust in the authenticity and integrity of electronic documents signed with the handwritten signature. Softpro demonstrates a broad range of applications from banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies and the retail sector at its stand at CeBIT.

Attractive Paybacks

SignDoc enhances productivity and efficiency thank to a straight-through electronic document workflow. The use of paper for the sole purpose of capturing a signature may be skipped easily. Electronic signing results in attractive paybacks. Some of Softpro's customers have calculated their savings which range between 1,50 and 2,50 Euro per document on average. They have also gained time to focus on customer service instead of managing paper documents. The potential cost savings derive from the avoidance of several steps in the document management process such as printing, storing, preparing, signing, routing, shipping, scanning, indexing and physical archiving. In addition to these factors one aspect should not be underestimated: The improvement of the service experience by customers. A significant reduction in paper usage in creating a "green workflow" is likely to be a vital asset in a company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. Using SignDoc results in an effective reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions and helps to save trees. Softpro provides more information about Return on Investment and a graphical overview of cost savings options in the workflow at

Major innovation: A compact, robust signature tablet for mobile applications

In 2010 Softpro comes up with another CeBIT Premiere: The SignPad Compact is a new signature pad, which was again developed in close cooperation with the long-term hardware partner Wacom. It will be also known with its technical term "Wacom STU-300". Wacom claims to be the world leader in pen tablets. When compared with other tablets and pen pads on the market SignPads stand out for being much more robust because the sensor is located behind the display.

Also in use at the booth is Softpro DESKO SP 500 TabletKiosk - a kiosk with reader for identity documents and data on magnetic strips. This device is also based on Wacom's Penabled technology and it works with software from Softpro. At CeBIT several applications that have been tried already in the public administration and commerce and telecommunications companies in practice will be shown for the first time to a broad audience. Hence Softpro offers at CeBIT by far the most comprehensive overview of different types of devices for collecting signatures.

E-Signing at its best

The new version 3.1 SignDoc sets the next milestones in combining convenience and security - in the most efficient way. SignDoc Web enables the signing of documents directly in the web browser through an ultra thin client. The client side footprint is minimized and SignDoc Web can be disseminated with web-like convenience.

E-Signing with SignDoc is at least as secure as signing on paper: Besides the static image of the signature that is familiar to everyone on paper, signature tablets and Tablet PCs also capture dynamic signals. These signals are created throughout the signing process and may be used as additional security features. The different levels of the writing pressure, speed and velocity throughout the writing process are very unique to the individual signer. They can be verified automatically on demand.

Compact Information of Softpro in Presentations and Forums

The ECM-Forum (hall 3, D19) is focusing on the topic of Electronic Signatures on Thursday, March 4 from 9:30 h to 12:30 h. The forum covers several corresponding aspects such as biometric signatures and digital signatures relevant for paper-less account opening or e-billing. Note that while the presentations in the ECM-Forum are held in German almost every presenter is able to explain their offerings in English after the presentation. Softpro's Joerg Lenz is involved in the opening presentation at 9:30 h which features the application fields for electronic signatures and signature capturing devices and the expert discussion at 11:30 h.

About Softpro

The Softpro Group is the worldwide leading vendor of systems for capture and verification of handwritten signatures. The company is based in Boeblingen, Germany with local subsidiaries in North America (Bear, Delaware), the United Kingdom (London), and Asia-Pacific (Singapore). The group currently employs an international staff of over 60 people, enabling more than 200 companies worldwide to streamline their document and transaction workflows.

With its "eSign Workflow" product line, Softpro provides solutions for securing the authenticity and integrity of documents within electronic processes, such as those required for legal contracts. For this purpose, a unique signature technology is used to extract and evaluate both the static and dynamic (biometric) characteristics of handwritten signatures.

Softpro's "Fraud Prevention Solutions" portfolio provides a holistic approach to detecting and preventing fraud in paper-based processes (such as payment transactions), as well as increasing operational efficiency using signature management and verification solutions.

Please contact for additional information:

Joerg-M. Lenz
Manager PR

Wilhelmstrasse 34
71034 Boeblingen
Phone: +49 7031 6606 0
Fax: +49 7031 6606 66

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