GSA adds eSignLive electronic signature services to its schedule

May 30, 2006

Montreal, QC, May 31, 2006 — Silanis Technology, the industry’s most experienced electronic signature provider with more than two million government and commercial users, today announced that Silanis’ professional services are now available on the GSA schedule.

Government agencies now have a complete solution to support their paperless initiative and meet GPEA requirements. Silanis’ solution includes: 1) a secure, electronic signing application that is JITC-certified and PKI-enabled, 2) professional services to ensure a quick and successful rollout, and 3) product training to promote high user acceptance and adoption.

Silanis’ professional services is backed by more than 14 years of experience helping defense, state and local, and federal civilian agencies to eliminate paper from their decision-making and administrative processes. The services range from mapping out the legal, compliance, workflow and IT requirements - to ensuring tight integration with existing technology investments, such as the DoD PKI and common access cards (CAC) - to helping prepare government documents and forms to receive electronic signatures.

“Signing is only one part of an entire stream of activities that take place before and after a typical decision-making process,” said Richard Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Silanis Technology. “Understanding what those processes are in detail and what is required to support them in an electronic environment are key to a successful deployment. Silanis’ professional services team removes the risk of project delays, cost overruns, or non-compliant implementations.” Earlier this year, the US Army became the first agency to successfully combine existing DoD investments in digital signature technology with Silanis’ off-the-shelf application to achieve a paperless electronic signing process.   Silanis' electronic signing application was integrated in an automated, document management process that leverages the DoD PKI, Tumbleweed's real-time CRL verification utilizing OCSP, Common Access Cards (CAC), and IBM WorkPlace forms.

The DoD PKI, Common Access Cards, and CRL verification provide the assurance that users are who they say they are. Silanis’ application, which is built on top of digital signature technology, ensures that the contents of an electronically signed document can't be modified without detection or authorization, and that a permanent audit trail of the process is created to record the intent of all parties.

Silanis’ electronic signing application can also be securely used without PKI if the infrastructure is not yet in place or for the many lower risk processes that do not justify the added cost and complexity of a PKI. An alternative method of user authentication supported by the solution is  to create a ‘self-signed’ digital certificate for processes shared amongst known and trusted users. Upon entering a private password, the user’s unique self-signed certificate is added to the audit trail of the electronic signature, which is then permanently embedded within the document to provide user authentication.

Silanis’ solutions are being used for a wide range of internal and external-facing signing processes by dozens of US government agencies, including: the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the entire US Army and numerous departments within the US Air Force and US Navy, FEMA, GSA, US Mint, and the US Postal Service.

About Silanis

Founded in 1992, Silanis Technology Inc. is the largest and most experienced provider of electronic signature solutions. More than 1,100 government and commercial organizations, representing two million users, depend on Silanis' solutions to accelerate operations, improve service, and reduce costs. The company’s solutions not only eliminate the inefficiencies of paper, they provide reliable and auditable business records needed to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws, standards, regulations and policies.


Mary Ellen Power, Silanis Technology (514) 337-5255 ext. 1117, [email protected]