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11th November 2019

The EU-funded FutureTrust project today has re-leased the eIDAS-Portal (https://eID.AS/portal), which allows German Universities to combine academic and national identities in order to issue trustworthy certificates for the envisioned EU Student eCard, and further demonstrators for eMandates, eInvoices and eApostilles.

19th September 2019

Within the scope of its piloting phase, the EU-funded FutureTrust project today has released two important trust service components at The Signature Generation & Sealing Service (SigS) allows to create electronic signatures and seals in standardised formats using a large variety of signature or seal creation devices and the comprehensive Validation Service (ValS) can be used to validate electronic signatures, seals, certificates and evidence records.

31st July 2019

An important milestone was reached today in the EU-funded FutureTrust project, which actively supports the practical implementation of the eIDAS-Regulation. The public FutureTrust piloting portal is now available at, where the most important innovations developed in this project are presented and made available for public use.

29th April 2019

EU Project Supporting eIDAS Implementation to Benefit from Trust Framework Expertise

FutureTrust, a project supporting the practical implementation of eIDAS, today announced the Kantara Initiative as an Associate Project Partner. The Kantara Initiative is the only industry organisation focused on third party assessed digital identity and privacy assurance frameworks. It complements the talent of the existing FutureTrust partners, bringing a wealth of experience in operating trust frameworks.

27th March 2019

Deutsche Post AG has joined the Open eCard Community. The leading German logistics company has integrated the recently certified Open eCard Library from the ecsec GmbH in order to enable the highly secure and mobile identification with the German eID card “Personalausweis” directly within the POSTIDENT App. As a result, the electronic identification can now be carried out conveniently within the smartphone.

Open eCard Library is the world's first Open Source "eID-Kernel" certified by BSI

22nd March 2019

ecsec GmbH proudly presents its certificate for Open eCard Version 1.3 received from the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI). The so-called "Open eCard Library" is thus not only the worldwide first Open Source "eID-Kernel" for Android, but also the first and currently the only eID-Kernel certified by the BSI according to the Technical Guideline TR-03124 (eID-Client), which is available freely available as Open Source. The certificate, which has been issued without deficiencies in the conformity assessment report, is valid until 21st of February 2024.

13th December 2018

Within the scope of the non-profit go.eIDAS initiative, the eID experts from ecsec GmbH have provided smart integration components for various platforms, which allow to integrate notified electronic identification systems (eID) into popular applications in less than two minutes. In order to accelerate the widespread adoption of eID in Europe and beyond, the "!" offer based on the award-winning and certified SkIDentity service will be extended until Easter 2019.

4th December 2018

Platform-independent and freely available open source components from the Open eCard project make the mobile use of electronic identification means (eID) and the creation of advanced and qualified electronic signatures in accordance with the eIDAS regulation much easier. Open Identity Summit 2019 (27th – 29th of March 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen) will be framed by go.eIDAS tutorial and hackathon.

22nd March 2018

[Berlin, March 22nd 2018] Within the scope of today‘s “eIDAS Summit“, taking place at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, ecsec has presented an important innovation: From now on the German electronic Identity (eID) card, commonly known as “Personalausweis”, can not only be used for strong authentication and highly secure identification, but also for the generation of advanced electronic signatures in compliance with relevant European and international standards.

23rd January 2018

[Michelau/Berlin, January 23rd 2018] After supporting various international identity documents in compliance with the eIDAS-Regulation in last autumn, the multiple awarded and certified SkIDentity Service ( now also provides support for so called FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) U2F (Universal Second Factor) tokens. This allows that „Cloud Identities“, which have been derived from an electronic identity document (eID) can now be protected by an additional cryptographic hardware token. Through SkIDentity the modern FIDO security technology can now not only be used for strong authentication, but also for trustworthy identities.

28th September 2017

[Michelau, September 28th 2017] Against the background of the recently started initiative „Strong Authentication – now!“ and on the occasion of the successfully completed notification of the online identification function of the German eID card, the multi-award-winning and certified SkIDentity Service ( can now be used free of charge. The prerequisite for this is that the registration at the SkIDentity-Management-Service takes place during the "European Cyber Security Month" (October 1st – 31th 2017) and the productive commissioning of the service will conclude in 2017.

20th September 2017

[Berlin, September 20th 2017] The multiple awarded and certified SkIDentity Service ( today has activated the necessary functionality for the implementation of the eIDAS-Regulation and now enables strong authentication and identification with various international identification documents in cross-border processes.

5th September 2017

[Michelau, Germany] In the light of several security incidents concerning online service providers and the accompanying cases of identity theft, which affected millions of users, experts from various associations joined forces to start the initiative „Strong Authentication – now!“ ( Its aim at promoting the practical application of strong authentication mechanisms on the internet by raising the awareness of both users and providers of online services and to pave the way for the usage of secure authentication processes on the internet.

10th June 2017

[Michelau, June 28th 2017] The eIDAS portal at eID.AS, which was created within the scope of the EU-funded FutureTrust project, was extended today by an important functionality. Now there is an interactive “eIDAS-Map” which allows to explore the “eIDAS-Ecosystem” and provides up-to-date information with respect to the trust service providers, which are currently active in the European market.

ecsec and LuxTrust contribute new protocol for Qualified Electronic Signatures to OASIS

16th February 2017

[Michelau, Germany / Capellen, Luxembourg, 16.02.2017] Leading experts from ecsec GmbH and LuxTrust S.A. joined forces to develop a novel “ChipGateway Protocol”, which enables generation of qualified electronic signatures in cloud-based environments and contributed this to OASIS to foster the development of open standards for electronic signatures.

eIDAS Trust Services - 6 months on

19th December 2016

Six months after the new rules for trust services came into force under the eIDAS regulation, an eIDAS Trust Services Workshop was held in Brussels, on 19 December 2016, to present the state of play.


On 1st July 2016, Chapter III of Regulation (EU) 910/2014, which lays down the rules on Trust Services, i.e. electronic signatures, electronic seals, electronic time stamps, electronic registered delivery services and website authentication, was applied directly in all 28 Member States. This represents a big step forward in building a Digital Single Market and will result in important changes both for public administrations and the providers of these services.

FutureTrust Project Supports Implementation of New eIDAS Regulation in Force from Today - EC-Funded Project Paves the Way for Global Interoperability of Trustworthy & Legally Significant Electronic Services and launches http://eID.AS portal

1st July 2016

BRUSSELS, 1st JULY 2016 - FutureTrust today announced that it is actively supporting the practical implementation of the new eIDAS Regulation which comes into effect across all 28 EU Member States today, replacing the 15-year-old eSignature Directive. The EC-funded project involves the design and development of innovative open source components and services complementing the eIDAS Regulation and integrating them with similar trust services from other regions worldwide.

Under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), the objective of FutureTrust is to ease the utilisation of eID and trust services, paving the way for global interoperability of trustworthy and legally significant electronic services. Through close collaboration the 16 project partners will support the practical implementation of the eIDAS regulation by:

  • Addressing the need for globally interoperable solutions through basic research with respect to the foundations of trust and trustworthiness, with the aim of developing new, widely compatible trust models or improving existing models.

  • Actively driving the standardisation process.

  • Providing Open Source software components and trustworthy services as a functional base for fast adoption of standards and solutions.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Schwenk, coordinator of the FutureTrust project, states: "That the eIDAS Regulation is completely in force from today marks a major milestone for trust services and the progress towards a digital single market for Europe. The aim of FutureTrust is to support the practical implementation of eIDAS by demonstrating the positive business cases for the reliance on electronic signatures, sealing services, the long-term authenticity of data and documents and all with a focus on accountability, transparency, usability and last but not least security."

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