• 2009-04-23

SEIKO Precision and GlobalSign in Digital Signature and Time Stamp Tie-up

Tokyo - April 23, 2009 - SEIKO Precision and GlobalSign have agreed to a partnership in their time-stamp and digital signature businesses.

SEIKO Precision will provide a time stamp service designed for GlobalSign that allows the company to develop more scalable services. The time stamp service can be used in large-scale, large capacity digital signature solutions, an application difficult to achieve with existing time stamp services. GlobalSign has plans to release a PDF document sign solution for large servers. (Service name to be announced)

At the same time, trusted Root CA, (*1) GlobalSign will certify the SEIKO Cyber Time time stamp service allowing the time stamp to be used worldwide. The SEIKO Cyber Time, time stamp, until now available only in Japan will be expanded worldwide to certify electronic documents in all countries.

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Root CA: A Root Certificate Authority issues certificates to other certificate authorities; it is the trust anchor for the certificate authority

Going forward SEIKO Holdings and GMO Internet Group companies will introduce Adobe CDS to secure electronically distributed IR data and other information. While striving to improve trust in IT management and internal controls, the two entities promote Adobe CDS to public companies and government institutions.

GlobalSign PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS

Other PDF document signing solutions require software, a plugin, changes to Adobe Reader settings, custom PDF viewing software or some kind of action on behalf of the document recipient, so distribution is limited to specific recipients.

GlobalSign PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS(*2) is the only solution that allows a digitally signed or certified PDF document to be read without making any changes to Adobe Reader settings or installing additional software. This allows the PDF document to be distributed more widely, with certification that it has not been tampered with and that it is authentic. The time stamp issued by the SEIKO Time Stamp Authority makes it possible to officially verify when a document was created by attaching to the digital signature not the time set on the local PC of a random user, but a certifiable time set in accordance with global standards.

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GlobalSign is the only Adobe CDS provider in Japan
SEIKO Precision, SEIKO Cyber Time, Time Signature Service

A time stamp service certified by Japan Data Communications Association as required to comply with laws regarding electronic documents. The service certifies the date electronic data was created and verifies that it has not been tampered with, using Japanese time and encryption technology. This technology can be used to protect intellectual property, medical records, email, and other electric documents.

Application

GlobalSign: GlobalSign PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS
GlobalSign: Time Stamps for Code Signing Certification
SEIKO Precision: Accredited time stamp service compliant with electronic document laws.

SEIKO Precision Inc.

SEIKO PRECISION business is divided into two segments and is an operating company of SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION (est. 1881). In the electronic devices division the company develops visionary products including shutters for digital cameras using the company’s optomechatronics technology, and other peripherals in response to demand in a rapidly changing market. In the solutions division, under the slogan “Traceable Secure Solutions” the solution provider offers necessary software and hardware to all fields in which traceability and security are required. SEIKO Cyber Time time signature service provides traceability and security with a time reference.

GlobalSign K.K.

The GlobalSign Certificate Authority has been providing digital authentication services to Belgium since the industry first emerged more than ten years ago. Customers include a number of Belgian government agencies and the GlobalSign Certificate Authority operates many prestigious government projects such as eID*(BELPIC). We are recognized as the Belgian Government Certificate Authority. GlobalSign became a member of the GMO Internet Group in 2006 and is expanding sales of government-level security Japan and worldwide.

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eID: A citizen ID card. This is the first stage of the e-government project in Belgium. The ID card containing a digital certificate is distributed to all Belgian citizens over the age of 12.
Media Inquiries

SEIKO Precision
E-mail: icenter@seiko-p.co.jp

GMO Internet
E-mail: pr@gmo.jp

SEIKO Precision Inc.
Company Name SEIKO Precision Inc. http://www.seiko-p.co.jp
Address 1-1 Akanehama 1-chome, Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-8558, Japan
CEO Masayuki Nakayama
Business Description - Network systems, automation equipment, electronic devices, camera shutters, peripherals etc. - development, manufacture, and sales
Capital 3 billion yen
GlobalSign K.K.
Company Name GlobalSign K.K. www.globalsign.com
Address Shibuya Infoss Tower, 20-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Ichiro Chujo
Business Description - Information security and digital authentication
Capital 356,640,000 yen
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