ACS partnership bolsters digital certificate security

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SignFlow has teamed up with Altech Card Solutions to offer Thales hardware security modules to its digital signature customers.

In a move that will see users’ private keys and personal digital certificates receiving a serious security boost, SignFlow has partnered with Altech Card Solutions (ACS), a division of Altron TMT, to offer Thales HSMs (hardware security modules) to digital signature customers.

Using SignFlow’s PKCS#11 cryptographic interface, SignFlow uses Thales NShield Connect HSMs to perform highly specialised cryptographic operations, and to fully manage and secure private keys and personal digital certificates.

Head of digital at SignFlow’s parent company PBSA, Leon can der Merwe, says the partnership with ACS sees SignFlow extending its integration reach to include the Thales NShield range of network attached, FIPS 140-2 Level 3 HSMs.

“Apart from deploying the NShield devices in the highly-secure SignFlow Cloud, we now also offer the NShield range to corporate customers who would like to localise and manage their SignFlow private keys in private data centres.”

The SignFlow HSMs are directly integrated with multiple local and global CA’s (Certificate Authorities) to offer stringent, legally compliant Advanced Electronic Signatures (AES), Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) and Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) certificates, which are applied to documents through its digital signature application.

A division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd, ACS was formed in 1993 and is today firmly established as a leading player in the secure electronic transactions market.

It is Thales’ established track record in the payments security space and global footprint in hardware and software encryption solutions that makes this partnership so advantageous, says ACS.

SignFlow, an enterprise-class digital signature and document workflow application, was born in a digital era that has seen new business opportunities emerging as paper-based systems are replaced by digital platforms.

SignFlow digital signatures are powered by robust public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology, which is recognised as best practice for ensuring digital accountability. SignFlow digital signatures offer an effective, secure and legally compliant method of providing accountability during electronic transactions.

“Our partnership with ACS will benefit customers across the spectrum – including consumers using SignFlow’s SignFREE to sign documents, businesses using the SignFlow Cloud to distribute documents and government and corporate institutions using SignFlow’s Enterprise Hybrid Servers and Private Network Servers to digitally sign and workflow documents for sign-offs,” says Van der Merwe.

Turn waste into valuable material with pbOffice’s baling solutions

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Baling press picTurn waste into valuable material that large companies will purchase with pbOffice’s HSM baling presses.

Perhaps one of the most underestimated cost centres for manufacturers and retailers in particular, is that of waste management. While packaging is essential for transporting products safely, it can very quickly become a problem as materials start to pile up and block valuable space – not to mention involve high personnel costs.

pbOffice, a division of PBSA (formerly Pitney Bowes SA), has an affordable and effective solution to this quandary – HSM Vertical Baling Presses.

Considered as part of the recycling chain, used packaging becomes a valuable secondary raw material. What pbOffice offers, are solutions for handling and compacting this raw material, using innovative technology.

HSM’s baling presses compress cardboard or packaging material into compact bales weighing up to 550 kg. This high degree of compression not only saves storage space, it also makes transport and handling much easier.

Conveniently sized, cost-efficient and high-capacity, HSM baling presses are perfectly suited for industry, manufacturers and retailers alike. Impressively, the volume of on-site packaging can be reduced by up to 95% with these machines.

Added advantages

The HSM V-Press series, currently available from pbOffice, combines the outstanding quality standards of HSM environmental technology with a high level of profitability. Due to both their performance and durability, they are the economic waste management solution par excellence.

In this series, you are sure to find the right baling press to suit your exact needs. For instance, you can choose the machine according to the volume and pressing power required for your operations.

The bales have the ideal size for perfect HGV (heavy goods vehicle) load utilisation. This saves on transport costs and increases the marketing efficiency of the bales, which – being valuable material – large disposal companies will purchase.

HSM baling presses could not be easier to use. The entire pressing cycle, beginning with closing the door, is fully automatic. A text display informs you in detail about the respective status of the process and, when the pressing procedure comes to an end, the sliding door opens automatically. Extracting the bale is simple and easy, and it can be comfortably transported on a pallet.

Another benefit of the presses is that of high operational flexibility. With the HSM V-Press you can decide whether you prefer to press cardboard or plastic film – all at the touch of a button.

Finally, you can rest assured HSM baling presses will deliver optimal process reliability. Thanks to the newly developed HSM TCS (TorsionControlSystem), the angle of the press ram is monitored continuously in every direction. This avoids one-sided overcharge, optimises the pressing procedure and assures longer service life.

For more information on the various HSM configurations, models and specs download the HSM Vertical Baling Presses brochure.