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Peter Sommer

General Business Development Manager – Wacom Europe

Speaks at ID WORLD on Secure Identification

Peter Sommer works as General Business Development Manager at Wacom Europe GmbH. After studying business administration and marketing he started his career in Marketing at Lenord, Bauer & Co. GmbH in the automation industry. At Windream, a software company specializing in document management solutions, he worked as Partner Marketing Manager bulding up a solutions partner network. In 2001, he joined Wacom, where he gained experience in different positions in Sales and Business Development. Peter relies on a thorough experience in B2C- and B2B Marketing as well as Solution Business. Today, he is responsible to develop new markets and industry segments for Wacom’s products all over the EMEA region. In addition to this overall responsibility, Peter is also Wacom’s expert for electronic document solutions. He initiated the development of the first dedicated signature tablet at Wacom.

The private life of the 43 year old manager is mainly occupied by his wife and daughter. With them, he spends his free time, works in the garden or enjoys hiking in the Alps and jogging.

“Efficient workflows with handwritten digital signatures”

Personal signatures are used on a daily basis for the purposes of identification: when paying at a petrol station, or elsewhere, or when concluding an insurance contract or carrying out other administrative procedures. As digitalisation is becoming ever more prevalent, electronic handwritten signatures are becoming increasingly necessary. However, in order to allow all such procedures to be carried out securely and in line with legal requirements, certain requirements must be fulfilled with regard to electronic handwritten signatures. Together with the right software, Wacom pen tablets and interactive pen displays fulfil stringent requirements.

There is a crucial difference between digital signatures and electronic handwritten signatures. With traditional digital signatures, the “signature” usually comes from a signature card and is generated via an identification process that uses a PIN code. In contrast, the electronic handwritten or dynamic signature involves digitally recording the handwritten signature, and thus the individual characteristics of the owner’s writing style. This includes the pen pressure and the speed of signing. Electronic handwritten signatures, as a type of “advanced electronic signature”, are just as valid as traditional handwritten signatures and are accepted as such by courts of law.

There are a variety of areas of applications for handwritten signatures. The advantage they all have is to enhance the security of transaction, simplify processes and – finally – reduce costs. Many paper processes can be fully digitalised that way.

In retail, digital signing of payment slips at checkout doesn’t just save time, but also saves considerable archiving costs. The same goes for checking in at hotel reception desks. Telecoms companies have integrated handwritten signatures into their existing customer systems. Last, but not least, a lot of banks all across Europe use handwritten signature solutions to authenticate their customers in all their banking processes.

Speaking on November 16

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