Datawitness Authentication And Archiving Service To Be Delivered Through BC OnLine
May 2nd 2006
Surrey, British Columbia - May 2, 2006 - Datawitness Online Ltd. has signed an agreement with the Province of British Columbia and MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates to make the Datawitness service for "virtual notary" witnessing, forms data capture, workflow, archiving, and electronic document signing services available through the government’s BC OnLine service.
Richmond, British Columbia – May 2, 2006 – The Province, MDA and Datawitness Online Ltd. have signed an agreement to provide Datawitness third-party electronic authentication and archiving services including forms data capture, workflow, electronic signing, and microfilming to the legal and finance sectors. The new service will be made available through BC Online (www.bconline.com).
BC OnLine customers will be able to use Datawitness to negotiate and sign contracts online, design forms that look like their existing paper-based forms for online data capture, and preserve critical information pertaining to their day-to-day operations in case of business or legal disputes. "We feel that the Datawitness service provides customers with a better way to capture, distribute and archive important business information” said Allan Crawshaw, MDA General Manager responsible for BC OnLine."
"We are especially proud to be associated with BC OnLine which has led the way in e-service delivery to business customers since 1989", said Jag Gillan CEO of Datawitness Online. "We also feel there is a valuable and positive synergy in our relationship with MDA, since they are a technologically advanced company, with superb services and products available throughout North America. MDA has an appreciation for the broad application of the technology we have developed here in British Columbia."
About BC OnLine (www.bconline.gov.bc.ca ): BC OnLine is the government’s e-service delivery channel for information products and services to business customers. BC OnLine has over 51,000 registered customers who conducted over 8 million transactions during the past year. BC Online delivers information products and services on behalf of the Land Title and Survey Authority, Personal Property Registry, Corporate Registry, BC Assessment, and many other government and private sector partners. In addition, access to municipal tax information through Tax Certificates Online has recently been added. BC OnLine is currently operated under license by MDA on behalf of the Province.
About MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates (www.mda.ca): MDA, a BC company, provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide. MDA employs more than 2,500 people in locations across the United States, Europe, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.
About Datawitness Online Ltd.: Datawitness, located near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, provides online authentication and archiving solutions. Datawitness services enable businesses and governments to authenticate at source to mitigate future risk and liability. Datawitness also increases workflow efficiency by merging the immediacy of online document management, retrieval and viewing with offline microfilm archival integrity.
Developed with the assistance of the Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, New York, Datawitness' web-based, patent-pending technology functions as a virtual notary service. Datawitness clients can authenticate and archive documents, and sign and send agreements and business documents for electronic signature via the Internet. The Datawitness system automatically timestamps, secures and stores in a database all digital documents or communications and preserves them in duplicate microfilm archives. The records are impervious to electronic attack and provide an irrefutable 3rd-party evidentiary audit trail.
The microfilm used for archiving is certified stable for 500 years by Kodak. The microfilm archiving process employed by Datawitness meets the requirements of the Canadian General Standards Board standard for Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence and maximizes the admissibility of archived records in court proceedings. Datawitness services are available to the public at www.datawitness.com or to registered customers of BC OnLine at https://www.bconline.gov.bc.ca
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