The US software company, Adobe, has launched a new feature named Adobe Sign on Microsoft Azure with the establishment of a local data center in Singapore on Friday (18 December), which aimed to provide support for the government’s “Sign with SingPass” project.
This follows the launch of the “Sign with SingPass” feature by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) in November, which would enable SingPass Mobile app users to digitally sign an electronic document.
In a statement, GovTech explained that the signature will be “cryptographically linked” to the signer and automatically validated at the point of signing.
“During the digital signing process, no document data will be transferred between the digital signing partner’s platform/business partner and the NDI platform.
“Instead, only a cryptographically random, unintelligible, and irreversible code representing the signed document will be transferred during the transaction,” said GovTech.
The service supports signing on all major platforms, including Adobe, DocuSign, iText, Netrust, OneSpan, Dedoco, Tessaract.io and Kofax.
Adobe Sign is set to be introduced on Azure by next year, the firm said, which has been built into the enterprise foundation of familiar programs, including Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook.
“Today we are announcing deepening integration of Adobe Sign on Microsoft Azure in Singapore to bring computing power closer to users and provide support for ‘Sign with SingPass’,” said Chandra Sinnathamby, head of Adobe Document Cloud for the Asia Pacific.
Mr Sinnathamby noted that the firm aimed to enhance collaboration and business agility of organisations that are already using Adobe and Microsoft solutions from the launching of Adobe Sign.
“As businesses transition to remote or hybrid work models, we’ve seen demand for Adobe Sign increase by over 200 per cent since the end of last year through Q3 this year. This highlights the critical role that digital documents play in today’s environment,” he added.
Kwok Quek Sin, a senior director of National Digital Identity at GovTech, noted that the Singapore government’s partnership with Azure will “further propagate” the benefits of using Sign with SingPass to their clients, while creating seamless digital experiences for end-users.
“The need for presence-less, paperless solutions is increasingly important to enable enterprises and individuals to transact digitally. Adobe will be integrating with SingPass Sign to offer digital signatures that are identifiable and uniquely linked to the signer,” said Mr Kwok.