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Tuesday, 13 November 2007 11:39

CoSign® Digital Signature Solution Enables On-Line Building Consent Submission Process at NSCC

TME Consulting Ltd., the ARX partner in New Zealand and Australia, and ARX (Algorithmic Research), a leading global provider of digital signatures (standard electronic signatures) have installed the CoSign digital signature appliance to enhance business processes at the North Shore City Council (NSCC).
CoSign provides NSCC users with an integrated digital signature solution that replaces the need for handwritten signatures on printed documents; while guaranteeing signer authenticity, data integrity and the non-repudiation of electronic documents. CoSign offers support for major applications and file formats (Word®, Excel®, Outlook®, TIFF®, AutoCAD®, and many more). The digital signature solution improves staff efficiency and customer service, streamlines processes, enhances document security, and limits Council liability.

Using digital signatures enables NSCC’s building consent department to expedite its approval process. Architects draft plans on their desktop and submit them online to Council engineers for review and comment. The final version is digitally signed with CoSign, and emailed to the architect, developer, or ratepayer.

Prior to the installation, NSCC’s building consent process could take weeks to complete, with numerous paper-documents being passed by hand between Council departments. Hard copies of the documents were later archived in rooms set aside for storage or in the EDMS. “CoSign’s digital signature technology will shorten approval process times by allowing Council staff to send authorised documents electronically,  resulting in a paperless environment that will improve our workflow, and boost customer service levels”, says Tehmus Mistry, Business & Technology Solutions Manager at NSCC.   

According to Mistry, CoSign allows NSCC to automate correspondences with its suppliers secure in the knowledge that document data integrity is guaranteed.

"NSCC has leveraged CoSign’s digital signature technology to enhance its business processes as well as dramatically cutting its paper-based expenditures," says Mike Eyal, Director, TME Digital Signature, a provider of electronic signature and authentication solutions.

About CoSign
CoSign by ARX is a standard electronic signature solution. Signing and sealing electronic documents with CoSign will immediately expedite business processes, reduce costs, increase security and help organizations comply with regulations. CoSign digital signatures are based on standard PKI technology, guaranteeing signer authenticity, data integrity and the non-repudiation of electronic documents.

CoSign supports all major applications and file formats (Word®, Excel®, Outlook®, PDF®, TIFF®, AutoCAD®, InfoPath® and many more). With a rapid deployment, unique centralized approach, built-in integration with an organization's existing user-management directory systems, and extensive 3rd party application support, CoSign guarantees a quick ROI. For more information please visit

About North Shore City Council (NSCC)
North Shore City is New Zealand’s fourth largest city with an area of approximately 12,979 hectares. The City was established in 1989 from amalgamation of a number of smaller local authorities has a population of approximately 215,300 residents (estimated as at June 30, 2006) which is expected to grow to approximately 255,000 by 2021.

North Shore City known for its magnificent beaches and lifestyle, and has an access to three universities. It’s annual budget in excess of $250 million and total assets of $2.2 billion.

For more information www.northshorecity.govt.nz

About TME Digital Signature
TME provides professional and comprehensive Digital Signature Solutions, deliveries a full range of capabilities that combines advanced technology with local support in New Zealand and Australia.
TME bases its activities on the extensive knowledge and experience of its team of experts, providing local and national support for comprehensive solutions for Digital Signatures, and Authentication.
For more information www.digitalsignature.co.nz

About ARX Inc. (Algorithmic Research)
ARX has over 20 years of experience assisting life sciences, healthcare, financial institutions, governmental organizations and commercial sectors to secure and streamline their processes and transactions. The company is a leading global provider of standards-based electronic signature and information assurance solutions. ARX offers a wide range of high-end and state-of-the-art products and services designed to simplify, secure, and accelerate electronic transactions. ARX products are easy to use and simple to deploy, combining software and hardware solutions for small, medium and large business environments. ARX Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Algorithmic Research Ltd., which went through an MBO process from Cylink Corp, today SafeNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFNT).
For more information, visit www.arx.com

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