United States Postal Service and Access Indiana Offer Electronic Postmark for Indiana Driver Record Certification.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2004
Indiana is First State to Utilize Postal Electronic Postmark in
State Legal System
AuthentiDate, Inc., a subsidiary of AuthentiDate Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:ADAT), announced today that the state of Indiana continues to lead the nation in its use of technology, thanks to a new solution that allows electronic records to be digitally signed, legally certified and delivered from the accessIndiana Web site. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is using the United States Postal Service(R) Electronic Postmark(R) (EPM) in conjunction with digital signature technology, to simplify the process of certifying driver records to be admitted as evidence in court proceedings. Indiana is the first state in the nation to offer the USPS EPM(R) service within the state court system.
In recognition of the program, the Indiana BMV won the 2004 Digital Government Award for the most innovative pilot/prototype program or service. The annual award, presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a private research university, and sponsored by Accenture, a worldwide provider of consulting, technology services and outsourcing, recognizes technological innovations among federal, state and local government and higher education.
Implementation of the USPS Electronic Postmark system is the result of a joint effort between the state of Indiana and the private sector. The USPS Electronic Postmark solution was developed by AuthentiDate. GeoTrust provides digital signatures as the registered Indiana certificate authority. The BMV's digitally certified driver license record service is offered through accessIndiana (www.IN.gov), the state's official Web portal that is managed by Indiana Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).
The BMV launched the program in late December, offering digitally certified 10-year driver records to three county prosecutor offices. Prosecutors obtained more than 200 digitally certified records online during the initial phase. Hamilton County prosecutor Teresa Thomas has found the service invaluable. "The state's new driver record service has already saved our office a lot of time and effort," said Thomas. "I don't know what we ever did without it."
This month, following the success of the initial phase, BMV made the service available to prosecutors in all 92 Indiana counties. Additional enhancements are planned. The BMV already has taken the necessary steps to increase the types of digitally certified records available, allowing prosecutors the option of either a 10-year driver record or a complete driver record that would include driver record information existing beyond the previous 10 years. This change is likely to be available to prosecutors within the next month.
The Electronic Postmark is an easy-to-use service which allows qualified parties to search the BMV's database for a driver record, which is then converted to an electronic document. To certify the record's accuracy, the document is accompanied by a cover letter that is digitally signed and sealed by the BMV commissioner. The USPS Electronic Postmark System authenticates the document and electronically delivers it to the county prosecutor, who can save the file to a computer, print the driver record and use it in court.
Before the online service was available, prosecutors who requested certified driver records could expect to wait up to six weeks for processing and mail delivery. Now, prosecutors can get certified driver records in a matter of seconds.
"This project showcases how new technologies and solid partnerships can lead to exciting opportunities to efficiently and securely do business in Indiana," said Indiana Governor Joe Kernan.
"The Postal Service is pleased to provide Electronic Postmarks to the state of Indiana for use within accessIndiana. This system provides faster, more efficient government services for the residents of Indiana. By electronically postmarking Indiana transactions and records, government agencies are assuring their constituents that the transactions are valid and that electronic records can be verified far into the future," commented Nicholas F. Barranca, USPS Vice President for Product Development.
With planned developments, the BMV estimates that 100,000 driving records could be digitally certified through the new service each year. "I am pleased to see the positive response the certified records solution has generated," said Mary L. DePrez, BMV Commissioner. "The 2004 Digital Government Award recognizes the exceptional performance this service has already displayed for Indiana prosecutors, and we anticipate further benefit in the future."
Laura Larimer, chief information officer for the state of Indiana, said, "I am confident that the powerful combination of the USPS Electronic Postmark system and digitally signed documents will prove highly advantageous to the citizens and businesses in our state. This solution has laid the foundation for many future time- and money-saving online services."
About AuthentiDate Holding Corp.
AuthentiDate Holding Corp. (AHC) is the holding company of five business units; DocStar, AuthentiDate International AG, AuthentiDate, Inc., DJS Marketing Group/Computer Professionals International and Trac Medical Solutions, Inc. DocStar sells proprietary document imaging software that includes the AuthentiDate technology. AuthentiDate and AuthentiDate AG provide the authentication of digital data through its proprietary and patent pending technology. AuthentiDate intends to establish itself as the authority on "content security" as it is a growing sector of the electronic network security infrastructure market. DJS delivers professional services centered around technology systems integration projects, staff augmentation, out-tasking and outsourcing services, and also resells computer-related products. Trac Medical uses the AuthentiDate service in the medical supply business.
About accessIndiana and NIC
accessIndiana is the official Web portal for the state of Indiana (www.IN.gov). accessIndiana's services are developed and maintained by Indiana Interactive, an Indianapolis-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC. Based in Olathe, Kansas, NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company is helping governments, citizens and businesses communicate more effectively by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 1,400 state and local agencies that serve more than 71 million people in the United States. Additional company information is available at www.nicusa.com.
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