Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/06/swiss_e_post/
Swiss introduce e-post
Legally-binding digital postmark
Swiss Post has bought the Zurich-based firm SwissSign, which specialises in digital encryption, to introduce registered e-post. Its new incaMail communication platform will permit letters with signature or registered letters to be displayed electronically in a legally-binding form.
The digital postmark will act as a guarantee of delivery, Swiss Post says. The sender would be required to attach a signature to the contents and the sender would receive proof that the message was delivered.
Swiss Post and the Swiss Federal Court have already agreed to conduct a pilot project. The pilot - called JusLink - serves to install incaMail as an electronic delivery platform for the exchange of documents between attorneys and courts.
Traditional post offices would still have a role to play in the digital revolution, despite a decline in the volume of traditional letters of 16 per cent by 2010. The post office network would function as registration offices to verify the identification of applicants. ®