Times have changed – let technology help your business adapt

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There is no escaping the new business world we find ourselves in, but the technology we have at our fingertips today can help companies flourish despite it.

The global business landscape has changed drastically, with no industry remaining untouched by the current pandemic. Government has introduced changes that have forced businesses to change how they operate, which has in many cases led to companies having to adopt new technology to effectively manage their strategies going forward.

As a case in point, most companies that are now using video meeting software such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to do contactless business, did not do so before the pandemic. Instead, business communication was largely carried out via email and face-to-face meetings. Current circumstances have steered businesspeople towards other means of doing business, and technologies that are proving to make business continuity not only possible – but effective.  

With the future looking set to be a case of business unusual for some time to come, companies have no choice but to rely on the technologies that are fortunately at our fingertips today, to allow for business to carry on as seamlessly as possible.

Innovation that allows commercial activity to be carried out as effectively as pre-2020, but remotely, is not only now instrumental – it is essential – for keeping the wheels of business turning.

How technology can help your organisation

SigniFlow’s software has been helping businesses conclude contracts and deals, communicate on a legal and compliant basis and remain completely remote while doing so since before Government instituted stringent lockdown measures.

Under the manual paper-based way of doing things, for important legal documents and contracts to be signed, you as the business would have to bear the costs of printing, postage, courier – not to mention the most expensive commodity of all, time – to complete the process. On top of this, the lack of security and assurance that the signing party was who they claimed to be, has always been a sore point in terms of risk management.

SigniFlow’s compliant digital signature and workflow technology allows businesses to circumnavigate all these issues. Steeped in cryptography, our software takes the speed and convenience of ordinary electronic signatures (to read about the crucial difference between electronic and digital signatures, click HERE) and adds a layer of protection onto it.

To find out how we can help your organisation conduct business effectively, while safeguarding against fraud and being internationally compliant, visit our website (https://signiflow.co.uk/ ) or email us at uk@signiflow.com.

pbVerify’s 3D liveness service enables contactless biometric customer verification

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When the world welcomed 2020 with the usual high expectations and hope for the New Year, no one could have known that, not even three months later, the way business was done and the way humans interacted would change fundamentally, virtually overnight. We’ve stepped in to help businesses manage the shift.

The current global challenge has amplified the use of trusted digital technologies, with companies worldwide striving to continue business operations as seamlessly as possible amid what has been described as one of the biggest economic disruptions in history.

To help the business wheel keep turning smoothly during this rocky time, pbVerify has stepped up to the plate with one such technology, 3D biometric facial authentication and liveness checks, which is proving invaluable in the new physical distancing dynamic the human race suddenly finds itself in.

Liveness 3D™ is a remote digital verification technology that allows for application and onboarding processes to resume without interruption, and with total surety. Widely adopted because of the contactless processes it enables, this technology – by FaceTec – adds an additional layer of verification, helping businesses verify customer identity without any physical interaction.

More than a selfie

The patented process is much more than just a selfie as it is known – it is a face scan that provides a 3D FaceMap, as well as a certified liveness check, to ensure the user is physically present. This completely prevents any form of phishing or fooling of the system, even with the most sophisticated of spoof technologies and methods out there today.

While facial recognition technology is nothing new, the giant advances we have made in this area have eliminated past weak spots, rendering it virtually unbreakable.

pbVerify uses two types of data for every face authentication: face data (for matching) and liveness data (to prove the face data was collected from a live person).  Liveness data is timestamped, and only remains valid for a few minutes, after which it is deleted.  New liveness data is collected for every authentication attempt.

Circle of trust

Fast, easy and incredibly secure for everyone, regardless of device, our liveness checks can be done in minutes. The customer receives an email with a link to FaceTec’s facial authentication UI, ZoOm, after which they simply centre their face in the oval provided, and move their camera closer.

The “video selfie” produced verifies liveness and matches the 3D FaceMap, verifying data against Government source data.  The same intuitive ZoOm UI provides liveness checks, onboarding and ongoing user authentication.

This is what sets pbVerify’s solution apart from others, the fact that our solution is more than just a face comparison or recognition tool – it is a powerful anti-fraud and compliance solution that encompasses a full circle of trust, proof that the person is alive (3D “selfie video”) and that they are genuinely who they say they are (Government source data cross check). Essentially, the person’s face is as uniquely identifiable as a fingerprint.

With it being anyone’s guess as to when the pandemic will end, and the fear of contact lingering on the human psyche for some time after it eventually does, liveness checks and facial authentication are here to stay.

If your business verifies customer identities at any stage of its processes, get in touch with us to find out about the most effective and secure means of doing so, while keeping customers happy.

Call us on +27 (0)10 300 4898 or email support@pbverify.co.za.

For more info on pbVerify Liveness 3D™ click HERE.

To watch a video on pbVerify’s KYCFactory solution, which includes our liveness & facial verification service, click HERE.

pbVerify is a registered Credit Bureau in terms of section 43 of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005. Its data-systems, data-security and data-processing protocols are audited annually in accordance with the NCA. pbVerify follows strict ISO9001:2015 quality management processes that are audited and internationally certified by TUV Rheinland Germany. pbVerify engineers are certified in ISO27001 IT Security Management.

Working from home? Sign from home – SigniFlow fully digitises the home office

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At a time when it seems things are spinning out of control, you don’t have to lose control of your business. SigniFlow software offers a fully digital, remote business continuity solution.

Business and its workforce as we know it, has changed – suddenly and earth-shatteringly, across the globe.

The COVID-19 virus has forced countless individuals – from executive level, down to entry-level employees – to work from home, a major change in environment that in many cases accompanies unforeseen and unprecedented difficulties.

Doing everyday things that were previously basic, autopilot office tasks, such as signing purchase orders or sales contracts, or internal processes like leave approvals or capex requests, has become impossible under social distancing restrictions.

But working from home does not need to be difficult – at all; you do not need to lose control of your business. SigniFlow offers a failsafe solution for any work-from-home scenario that is simple, fast and sure.

We have seen first-hand how our customers, simply by using the same software they have been using for years, have seamlessly adapted to what was practically an overnight shift from office to home. Whether something straightforward, like leave approvals or claim forms – or higher-level procedures involving legally binding contracts and non-disclosure agreements, SigniFlow users have effortlessly transitioned and, in spite of the disaster that has gripped the globe, are enjoying business as usual.

Internationally compliant and legally accepted, SigniFlow is digital signature workflow software that fully digitises – and enhances – any process that requires a document to be signed or approved. It is process automation software that fits into your environment and works the way you need it to work.

If you have a laptop and internet connectivity at home, SigniFlow can enable your fully digital work-from-home office, literally in minutes. Our software will allow you to send documents for signing, receive and sign documents, and keep an audit trail of every single step of every business process and communication carried out – all 100% remote processes, with no human interaction necessary at any point.

Think of SigniFlow software as a work-from-home smartphone; one solution replaces your printer and scanner, courier services, face-to-face meetings and legal procedures. Whether you run an property agency, are a financial services provider, offer secretarial, tax or admin services – or even in the medical industry, where digital scripts and procedure sign-offs are now a necessity, our suite of digital enablers makes it possible for you to continue operations without anxiety or interruption.

Inevitably, COVID-19 has struck fear into people worldwide and left businesspeople reeling, unsure of how to sufficiently continue daily operations, but it needn’t give you sleepless nights. You do not need to lose time or money, or neglect your business. If you are forced to work from home, sign from home with SigniFlow.

To get more information on how we can enable your work-from-home office with remote signing and contactless business processes, contact us via our website or email support@signiflow.com.

Work from home, sign from home with SigniFlow. Fast, simple and secure.

PBSA SIGNIFLOW CORPORATE STATEMENT – COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

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PBSA, including SIGNIFLOW global operations, continues to monitor the latest developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has now been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global pandemic. Guided by our core values, we have taken and will continue to take actions that protect the health and well-being of our employees, partners and customers, as our number one concern.

PBSA business, support and service delivery teams have developed agile business continuity strategies that specifically deal with COVID-19 to safeguard the health of our employees and minimise the impact of delivering services to our customers.

A special COVID-19 committee has been formed and the following steps have been taken:

  • Operational Review
    • Individual reviews were conducted with each person in the organisation to assess personal risk, business risk and compile a comprehensive skills matrix.
    • Limitation of contact strategies were reviewed.
    • Work from home strategies were reviewed and feasibilities assessed.
    • Service delivery strategies were reviewed.
    • Support delivery strategies were reviewed.
    • Contingency plans for low, medium and high impact disasters were reviewed.
    • IT readiness infrastructure was reviewed.
  • Policies and Procedures
    • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) under ISO9001:2015 are being implemented to deal with any change in the work environments.
    • A Pandemic Policy is being drafted.
    • Sanitising and hygiene at the workplace have been stepped up.

The following measures have been taken:

  • Sanitising. Awareness around the use of hand sanitisers has been stepped up. Hand sanitiser dispensing units have been installed at all critical points in-and-around the building and all external employees are equipped with hand sanitisers and medical-grade facemasks. Medical-grade facemasks and surgical gloves have also been made available to all staff. 
  • Location and employee segregation. In order to limit human contact and to ensure contingency of management, key personnel and job functions, four isolated locations were identified that will host segregated groups of employees. Group segregation was done strategically in accordance with Personal Risk, Business Risk and Skills Matrix profiles of each person.
    • PBSA Head Office Building (Site A, hosting Group A)
    • SigniFlow Offices (Site B, hosting Group B)
    • PBSA Warehouse (Site C, hosting Group C)
    • DevOps Krugers (Site D, hosting Group D)

The fifth location grouping is known as “Offsite Isolated”, hosting Group E and relates to employees working from home, who have no contact with customers or other personnel.

The sixth location grouping is known as “Offsite non-isolated”, hosting Group F and relates to employees, who are designated to work from home, but may have periodic contact with customers and personnel also in Group F.

The seventh grouping is known as “Cape Town”, hosting Group G and relates to personnel stationed in Cape Town. 

The eighth grouping is known as “Durban”, hosting Group H and relates to personnel stationed in Durban. 

The ninth grouping is known as “UK”, hosting Group I and relates to personnel stationed in the SigniFlow UK office. 

The tenth grouping is known as “AUS”, hosting Group J and relates to personnel stationed in the Melbourne Australia office. 

  • Employee contingency groupings. Employee groupings per location were done in accordance with:
    • Segregation of management and key personnel.
    • Segregation in accordance with skills matrix and job function.
    • Segregation of divisional teams – Admin, Finance, Sales, Customer services and Support services.
    • Isolation by location of employees that were identified with higher-risk profiles.
  • Visits to customer premises. For the time being, “Offsite non-isolated” personnel will be permitted to meet at customer premises, upon executive approval only.  
  • Onsite (customer premises) service personnel. No service disruptions are anticipated. For onsite maintenance and support functions, we have business continuity plans in place that are activated on demand. All internal systems, tools and monitors are designed to allow for remote work.
  • Visits to PBSA’s premises. For the time being, limited to executive approval, customers will be able to meet at Site A with anyone in Group A in a demarcated, isolated area. Customers will be requested to sanitise hands before entering the premises and may be asked to wear facemasks during the engagement. 
  • Software Support. Support continues as normal. All internal systems, tools and monitors are designed to allow for remote work.
  • Software Development Support. Support continues as normal. All internal systems, tools and monitors are designed to allow for remote work.
  • Local travel. Suspended until further notice in accordance with local regulatory guidance and restrictions.
  • International travel.  Suspended until further notice in accordance with local and international regulatory guidance and restrictions.
  • Digital Communications platforms.
    • Internal
      • All employees in all locations are connected via Microsoft Teams. All employees have the same access as before to IT systems like ERP and CRM via secure access protocols. 
      • All employees have access to SigniFlow for internal workflow approvals and digital signing of forms, documentation and contracts. 
    • External
      • Microsoft Teams has been identified as the primary means of video and teleconferencing engagements. Others like Skype, WebEx and Zoom will be considered in accordance with customer preference.
      • All employees have access to SigniFlow to distribute contracts, proposals and documentation for approval and digital signing by customers, partners, suppliers and/ or any external party.   

These and other related policies and SOP’s are effective from 18 March 2020 until further notice. It is business as usual, but with a fine touch of digital.

PBSA offers software that assists with business process automation and digitisation. You can learn more about these offerings here.   

Should you have any questions or concerns, please direct communications to: The Compliance Manager deonJ@pbsa.co.za

Support channels (ticketing systems, telephonic support and email systems) remain unchanged.

This statement will be formally reviewed on 3rd April 2020, or sooner if there are any regulatory changes or significant change to the COVID-19 status quo.