VODAFONE UK CONDUCTS WORLD-LEADING ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE TRIAL Friday 30 March 2001 PDF Print Vodafone UK today announces that the UK's first secure mobile electronic signature trial will start next month. The groundbreaking trial, to be conducted with the Radiocommunications Agency (RA), an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), will establish the electronic signature technology that will underpin mobile commerce. "As mobile penetration reaches new heights, the latest developments in mobile technology will change the way we use our mobile devices. The latest technology will offer customers the ability to sign transactions securely, wherever they are. We are pleased to be a part of this innovative trial which will demonstrate how electronic signatures could become part of our everyday lives," commented Patricia Hewitt, the Minister for Small Business and E-Commerce. Peter Bamford, Chief Executive Northern Europe, for the Vodafone Group, said, "Legally recognisable electronic signatures are fundamental to our mobile commerce strategy. As the Government have already announced plans to allow individuals to submit tax returns electronically using digital signatures, we hope that these trials will go some way towards establishing the technology and help the DTI to promote the UK as the European leader of mobile commerce. "Using information contained on their SIM smartcard, present in mobile phones, Vodafone customers will have the potential to use their mobile device whenever and wherever they currently use their signature. Whereas today we write cheques, pay by credit card or debit card, sign mortgage or stock trading contracts and in our working environments sign holiday forms or timesheets, in the future these transactions could all be completed using just your mobile device. The trials will demonstrate that the technology is easy to use and provides a more secure method of authorisation than our current hand-written signatures", he continued. Mobile phones with in-built smartcards provide an ideal platform for the technology and this will be verified during the trial with the RA. In line with current EU Directives, the encrypted signatures are generated through advanced, highly secure techniques developed by SmartTrust, GlobalSign, Giesecke & Devrient and Secartis, with Vodafone enabling the techniques to be incorporated into the mobile network. For the purposes of the trial, fifty RA staff will complete and electronically sign their travel or subsistence forms while away from the office, using a Siemens C35I digital GSM mobile phone. When prompted, users will enter a PIN number to release a cryptographic signature that is more secure than hand-written signatures as it guarantees the signature is unique and ensures the integrity of the data being signed. Other industries are expected to embrace cryptographic signatures wherever there are demanding security requirements and, indeed, some banks have started to test these services. - ends - Press & Analyst Contact GlobalSign Juergen Dierickx Tel: + 32 2 724 3636 Fax: + 32 2 724 3637 firstname.lastname@example.org Vodafone Group Press Office Janine Young or Michelle Burgess Tel: 07000 500100 Press.email@example.com NOTES TO EDITORS · Vodafone Group Plc is the largest mobile communications network in the world with operations in 24 countries worldwide, serving a proportionate customer base of over 65.75 million. · Vodafone is the most popular mobile network operator in the UK with more than 10.24 million customers. · SmartTrust has supplied hardware and software platforms to run the application for the DTI, in order to request signatures and verify their authenticity. · GlobalSign has delivered the root certificate, the core of the trust hierarchy, which offers recognition to all certificates used in this project. · Secartis has designed and implemented the security architecture including the directory of certificates that are vital to proving authenticity of signatures. · Giesecke and Devrient has developed the smartcards. · Digital signatures employing PKI systems provide: Confidentiality - to guard against eavesdropping; Authentication - the identity of the individual is proven; Integrity - information cannot be manipulated; Non-Repudation - for dispute resolution · At present, SIM cards do not have the functionality to enable electronic signatures. However in the near future, SIM cards with this functionality will be introduced. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Bluegrass Marketing Communications in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.