Thursday, September 20, 2018

How Aadhaar card can help people in flood situation?

Kerala is slowly limping back to normalcy after the devastating floods, loss of property and important documents is among the many unavoidable impacts for many survivors. Transferring and accepting money in flood situation is very difficult. The banks and ATMs won't be opened and the normal people will suffer a lot because of this. If you want to send the relief money to the needy one, you can't send the money without a middleman. This can be easily changed by using Aadhaar and digital money transfer. Some of these methods are detailed in the following sections. We will also look at how the use of Aadhaar and related technology can be handy in keeping your documents safe in such situations too.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Upside-down world of Cryptocurrencies

This is a repost of my Medium blog post
Cryptocurrencies are projects that aim to create new digital currencies that exist on its own without the need for a government agency to back it up and provide validity. The software ensures that the currency cannot be duplicated or spend multiple times like copy-pasting files on a computer. The software system of the cryptocurrency is a distributed system that resides on multiple systems that communicate among themselves. This means that even if some parts of the systems are taken down, the cryptocurrency would still exist.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Why insurance sector needs to adopt eSign in big way

The main channels through which insurance firms had received and replied to its customers used to be through direct sales and telephone. But nowadays, it is unbelievable that any organizations, including insurers, do not involve an online sales channel through which it can provide a whole service to current digital consumers. To approach this new type of customer, the old threads of communication don't work, because their ways of utilizing products and duties are different from former generations.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How healthcare industry can use E-sign effectively?

The healthcare industry is going through significant changes. To provide effective and high-quality care, healthcare providers need to rely on proper and perfect medical reports. Healthcare providers are looking for ways to become more productive. Paper forms can be a big trouble for patients and staff. Forms are handwritten notes that can be hard to read and patients often forget to fill out essential information. It eases healthcare institutions eliminate the need to print, scan and handle documents.

Monday, July 30, 2018

How Electronic signatures are useful in logistics industry?

The logistics industry serves in acquiring, producing, and distributing products/goods to the desired target and in right quantities. In a business sense, the logistics process entails not only the transportation and delivery of products, but also the storage, inventory, handling, and packaging of these products. The transportation processes should be cost-effective, efficient and most importantly, convenient for their customers. Technology has been a major contributing factor to achieve this much-needed ability and efficiency in the logistics sector.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How Electronic Signatures helps hospitality industry to improve their services?

Improving the customer experience is becoming worldwide, and the main example in this movement is the hospitality industry. Many organizations in this industry tend to adopt digital technologies for customer support. The varying demands and eccentricity of guests, keeping the expenses under control and successfully handling all other responsibilities can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced managers. Actually, it takes much more than an average manager to bring order in the demanding and chaotic world of hospitality.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Electronic Signatures in legal department.

Corporate legal departments once viewed technology as an obstacle that only made their day-to-day operations more difficult. Today, they’re realizing that it can help them to work efficiently and gain a competitive edge. We know how difficult it is to execute a legal document. Each party will have to sign on all the paper in the document for it to be legally binding. Now let's take an example of two parties signing a legal document that consists of ten papers. Each party will have to sign ten times in the document, bringing the total signature count to twenty. By using electronic signatures, the signing can be done in one authentication by each party. As you can see a legal document execution process that uses electronic signatures or eSign is an order of magnitude efficient than the paper and ink process.

Monday, July 16, 2018

About Global AUA, Local AUA, Vitual IDs, UID Token and their impact on your business

In the Aadhaar ecosystem, the companies that use authentication alone get registered as an Authentication User Agency (AUA) and those companies that need to use electronic KYC or eKYC go on to become KYC User Agency (KUA).  Those were the only two differentiation for user agencies in the Aadhaar ecosystem but this changed very recently with the introduction of Global AUA and Local AUA.

Recently, UIDAI had introduced several measures that allowed the Aadhaar holder to get the benefits of Aadhaar services without having to share their Aadhaar Number.  It also limited the KYC data set that gets shared with the parties in the Aadhaar ecosystem. As part of these measures, existing AUAs are classified into Global AUA and  Local AUA. UIDAI has also introduced concepts such as Virtual IDs and UID tokens as part of the Aadhaar API version 2.5. All existing AUAs and KUAs will have to implement the latest API by August 31st 2018. That is a lot happening in a short time frame which many businesses are finding it to be confusing. This post intends to give you a better understanding of the changes happening and help you understand its impact on your business.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Difference Between Electronic Signatures and Digital Signatures.

The terms Electronic Signatures and Digital Signatures are frequently misused and often thrown around loosely. Let's have a look at the differences between both electronic signature and digital signature.

Digital Signatures
A digital signature is not the same as an electronic signature even though many use the two terms interchangeably. A digital signature is intended to provide an exact and accurate identification method for the signatory to provide a seamless transaction. Definitions of digital signatures vary depending on the application of legal power. A Digital Signature is equal to your handwritten signature which is digitized and can be used to authorize content within a document or the terms of a particular document.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Benefits Of Using Electronic Signatures At All Levels Of Government.

For some years now, the government has been trying to move most of its operations online. Government agencies have recognized eSign as a secure, enforceable, compliant, and economical way to achieve digital transformation. And since electronic signatures can be set up either on the cloud or on-premise, governments can take advantage of the high degree of customizability, scalability, functionality, and control realized in an enterprise solution, without worrying about limited IT and financial resources. Most notably, the need for speed and efficiency and the public’s high use of the internet makes now the right time for governments to embrace this foundational technology.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to implement Aadhaar Data Vault without using HSM based tokenization?

In accordance with the UIDAI circular 11020/205/2017, any organisation that stores Aadhaar number in their database should implement Aadhaar Data Vault and replace the Aadhaar numbers using the reference tokens created by the Aadhaar Data Vault. The Aadhaar number and the XML returned by UIDAI as part of Aadhaar authentication/eKYC call will have to be stored in the encrypted format and the access to the Aadhaar Data Vault will have to be strictly controlled. The encryption keys should be stored in a Hardware Security Module.   This is the crux of the reference id circular published by UIDAI, for more details please follow the link given above.

Now the question is how do you implement Aadhaar Data Vault in an organisation that is storing Aadhaar numbers without using HSM based tokenization solution which can be very costly?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Aadhaar Verification Through Face Recognition

As a move intended to offer major relief to older people whose fingerprints and irises are unclear, aadhaar will now allow face recognition along with biometrics. The decision comes after the Unique Identification Authority of India's attempt to address privacy concerns by offering the option of creating virtual IDs that cover the actual unique identification number of a user during an UID-authenticated transaction. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How to fetch your Aadhaar Authentication details?

As Aadhaar contains critical information, account holders are worried about the safety of their data as any misuse of details can prove a danger for the lifetime. Hence, it is vital to check the authentication of any website before submitting the Aadhaar details. The online tool, called 'Aadhaar Authentication History', enables Aadhaar holders to view their authentication details and access their Aadhaar Authentication History (Notifications) data. Using this tool, a user can access a variety of information such as Auth Type (Method of Aadhaar Authentication), Transaction ID ( Unique Aadhaar transaction ID at the time of request) and Error Code (Aadhaar authentication failure code), Authentication Response ("Y" - Success. "N" - Failure), Time and Date of Authentication, and Response Code.