Digital Signature – anywhere at any time

Provide your signature digitally – avoid paper mountains

Is there any more outdated process in the modern office than waiting for important documents such as contracts to be signed on paper? They are passed around the company, lying forgotten on people’s desks, and there they stay, because the person that has to sign them is not in today. A situation you are surely familiar with.

Digital signatures – for today and tomorrow

The ability to sign contracts and other documents digitally lets you work with your documents in a whole different way. You can record your open tasks, jump directly to your contracts and view documents in an instant. The clearly arranged and modern web interface ensures that contracts no longer lie buried on a desk somewhere. You have secure, cloud-based access to your documents, and can even edit them and send new documents on the road. That means you are no longer tied to your desk or office, but can work wherever you want.

Full transparency, including over costs.

How much will a digital signature cost me? That may be a question you have asked yourself. The real question should be: “How much does it cost me to sign documents on paper in the old way?” Something you may not realize: the costs of a paper contract are much higher than you think. Our sample calculation shows you how expensive they actually are and why the switch to digital signatures pays off from a financial perspective as well.

Estimates per contract

  • Average number of pages: 20
  • Average number of times they are sent by post: 2
  • Average number of copies: 3
  • Number of internal signatories required: 2
  • Average number of people involved: 4

Costs/expenditure

Paper and printing costs of EUR 0.05 per page

Postage of EUR 2.60 per time

One contract:

Paper/printing costs of EUR 3.00 + postage of EUR 5.20 + processing costs of approx. EUR 10 to 20 = EUR 18.20 to 28.20

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The digital signature from d.velop

Want to learn more about d.velop sign and how you can use the software in your company? Register for a free live demo now. As a little thank you, we will give you a fact sheet with the most important key information about the digital signature.

The digital signature – made for you.

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Simple signature

EUR 1.00 per signature*

Simple and easy to sign. The basics for beginners – a simple signature from EUR 1.

  • Original signatories can be identified but are not protected against forgery.
  • No identification requirements (e-mail, for instance).
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Advanced signature

EUR 1.50 per signature*

Need something more advanced? This signature lets you set security benchmarks.

  • Authentication through ID cards
  • Specific identification requirements
  • The trustworthiness of the signature is ensured
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Qualified signature

EUR 2.50 per signature*

The qualified signature gives you real peace of mind. This signature is comparable to the manual signature.

  • Unique authentication (e.g. through PostIdent, VideoIdent, online identification)
  • Clear assignment to the owner
  • Trustworthiness governed by eIDAS and national law through a qualified certificate

*The prices are excluding sales tax. A registration fee of EUR 10.00 per user is payable.

The digital signature – FAQs

Still have unanswered questions? No problem. This section contains some common questions and the answers to them.

What exactly is the eIDAS regulation?

The eIDAS regulation (eIDAS stands for “Electronic Identification And Trust Services”) is a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the 28 member states of the European Union. eIDAS is a real legal innovation with a stated purpose of promoting the development of digital applications throughout Europe. The cornerstone of this general legislation, the “Vertrauensdienstegesetz” (German federal trust services legislation), includes all the necessary provisions for the use of digital signatures and supersedes the existing national legislation on signatures. The new EU regulation allows for a new, simplified procedure for electronic signatures. The components for creating the signature are not stored on a card, but in a secure IT environment provided by a qualified trust service provider (previously referred to as a trust center). You can also provide your electronic signature remotely using mobile end devices or smartphones, for instance.

What new features does eIDAS offer for electronic signatures?

The eIDAS regulation simplifies current signature procedures through the introduction of remote signing. An electronic signature can be provided using mobile devices including smartphones or tablets, with no need for a signature card and reader. In this new procedure, the user’s private signature key is stored on a high-security server (hardware security module) provided by the qualified trust service provider (previously known as trust centers). The qualified signature itself is generated by the user using two factor authentication (TAN-SMS).

What is a trust service provider?

According to eIDAS regulation, article 3 (16), a trust service is an electronic service normally provided for remuneration which consists of: the creation, verification, and validation of electronic signatures, electronic seals or electronic time stamps and the verification and validation of certificates for website authentication. A qualified trust service is a trust service that meets the applicable requirements of eIDAS regulation, article 3 (17) and that is audited in a complex procedure by an accredited conformity assessment body every two years, with the result reported to the responsible supervisory authority (the German Federal Network Agency or BSI). The organization’s status as a qualified trust service provider is verifiable throughout Europe thanks to a trusted list and quality seal. The German trusted list is available on the Federal Network Agency website: www.nrca-ds.de. The Bundesdruckerei is a qualified trust service provider for signatures, seals, time stamps and website certificates.

What types of electronic signature are available?

The eIDAS regulation defines three different types of signature – standard, advanced and qualified. They are all different forms of electronic signature that are legally binding and are each suitable for very different areas of application. Using d.velop sign enables you to use all the signature levels of the eIDAS regulation, from standard to advanced to qualified electronic remote signatures. The latter fulfill the requirement of the written form and have the same legal effect as a handwritten signature.

Does d.velop sign fulfill the legal requirements of the eIDAS regulation?

d.velop works with the trust service provider Bundesdruckerei, which fulfills and safeguards the eIDAS requirements. Bundesdruckerei is verified through extensive auditing by TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH and listed by the German Federal Network Agency in its national eIDAS trusted list. d.velop sign is a fully eIDAS-compliant German remote signature solution that makes it easy to utilize these services. Whether you are managing contracts, assigning credit, participating in public tenders or signing important hospital forms: the remote signature solution from d.velop sign lets you electronically process all your paper-based company processes immediately – simple, convenient, legally secure and EU-wide.

How do I provide my signature with d.velop sign?

d.velop sign covers the entire process of providing an electronic remote signature. After uploading the document to be signed to the d.velop sign solution, you authenticate yourself with Bundesdruckerei (with your user name and password) and then approve the mobile signature through the TAN-SMS that you receive. For the signature, the document itself is not transmitted, but only the hash value of the document. The signed hash value is then linked to the document via d.velop sign. One advantage of this is that the original document is always securely retained by the customer.

Can d.velop sign be used throughout the world?

d.velop sign can be used anywhere in the world. If there are special national requirements for countries outside the EU that are not covered by the trust services as per eIDAS, you can involve other trust service providers from these countries into the process (for example, Swisscom in Switzerland).