Tux and the chamber of commerce

Saudi Arabian vendor House of Development (HOD) has deployed a new Linux based electronic authentication system, which allows signatures and documents to be attested electronically for the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COSCCI).

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  September 23, 2004

Saudi Arabian systems developer House of Development (HOD) has deployed a new Linux based electronic authentication solution, which allows signatures and documents to be attested electronically for the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COSCCI). The new web application enables users to write, sign and transfer documents attested by government agencies or private organisations via the internet around the clock. The COSCCI has begun testing the Electronic Authentication System in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khubar. After a six-month development cycle, the system was introduced on a trial basis at COSCCI, which then decided to roll out the system at its offices nation-wide, making it one of the first public entities in Saudi Arabia to offer e-government services. The J2EE (Java 2 enterprise edition) application runs on Oracle’s 10g database and application server on Red Hat Linux. It uses 2D barcode and PKI for high-level encryption for dynamic and static signature verification. The electronic stamp within the bar code on each document ensures the authenticity of the data beyond commonly accepted security standards. “It makes trips to government agencies – along with the associated time and inconveniences – a thing of the past,” says Mohammed Alawi Geoffrey, CEO of HOD. Ahmad Badrais, marketing manager of HOD, adds the systems makes it extremely difficult to forge signatures. “It is impossible for two people to have the same signature characteristics. The authentication systems checks for main characteristics such as the speed of signing, pressure of the pen and even the pen’s angle.” HOD has started the rollout at three of the Chamber of Commerce’s key locations and expects to complete the deployment of this bilingual application across all the ministry offices in Saudi Arabia by October this year. The Jeddah based company expects to process up to 3000 signatures through the system in the first year and eventually 24000 signatures by 2006.

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