Procivis and the Canton of Schaffhausen implement e-government pilot project

Procivis has won the first Swiss canton to implement its integrated e-government platform. As a specialist provider of electronic government services, the startup will supply the Canton of Schaffhausen with an electronic Citizen-ID based on a mobile app, which will be available to citizens free of charge. The Citizen-ID is planned to be launched later this year as a pilot project.

The collaboration with the Canton of Schaffhausen marks Procivis’s first Swiss client win after having launched the beta version of its e-government platform, called “eID+”, two months ago. The Procivis solution will function as the technical backbone for identity-related online services, which form part of Schaffhausen’s citizen portal. Citizens of the canton will get access to their official, electronic Citizen-ID through a mobile application, which allows them to log on to the citizen portal and use the available government services, such as residents’ registration office or tax services. The two partners will develop the solution as part of a pilot project and present it at the “eGovernment Day Schaffhausen” in December.

For Procivis, a venture founded in late 2016, the project means the first concrete implementation of its integrated e-government solution. Procivis founder and CEO Daniel Gasteiger said: “The Canton of Schaffhausen is known as an innovation driver in the field of digitisation. That’s why we’re excited to have won Schaffhausen as the first client for our solution. With the extension of its citizen portal, the canton is positioning itself at the forefront of Switzerland’s e-government development. We’re proud to support the Canton of Schaffhausen in this groundbreaking project.”

President of the governing council Rosmarie Widmer Gysel said: “The Canton of Schaffhausen stands for the application of future-oriented technology. First, we introduced self-driving coaches at the Rheinfall, and now we’re launching an integrated e-government solution for all our citizens. As the president of the governing council and chair of the e-government core team, I’m convinced that we’re headed in the right direction.”

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About Procivis
Procivis is a Swiss venture founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger. The company offers an “e-government as a service” platform to enable the digitisation of societies and the provision of online public services across the globe. Procivis has released the beta version of its eID+ platform in May 2017.

Procivis completes advisory board, bringing together leading names in tech, e-governance and blockchain

Swiss e-government startup Procivis has announced the completion of its advisory board, adding further global experts to its in-house think tank. The group of six strategic advisors covers all facets of e-governance, providing Procivis with crucial know-how and expertise to help drive the company’s mission of creating a backbone for digital societies across the globe.

The Procivis advisory board consists of the following members:

Michael Casey
Blockchain expert, author, MIT Media Lab advisor and managing partner at Agentic Group

Kaspar Korjus
Managing director of the E-Residency programme in the Republic of Estonia

Monique Morrow
President and co-founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organisation focused on providing digital identity for those most underserved, former CTO at Cisco

Grégoire Notz
Financial technology specialist, director and member of the executive committee at Notz Stucki Group

Rolf Rauschenbach
Management consultant, political scientist and governmental expert

Roger Wirth
Information and cyber security expert

 

Procivis founder and CEO Daniel Gasteiger said: “Our advisory board brings together some of the brightest minds from every aspect of our industry. We’re honoured that our idea has gained the trust and support of these leading experts and look forward to pursuing our vision together with them.”

For more information about individual advisory board members visit the Advisory Board page.

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About Procivis
Procivis is a Swiss venture founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger. The company offers an “e-government as a service” platform to enable the digitisation of societies and the provision of online public services across the globe. Procivis has released the beta version of its eID+ platform in May 2017.

News release “Swiss e-government startup Procivis releases integrated e-identity platform”

Four months after its public launch, Swiss e-government startup Procivis has released the beta version of its integrated electronic identity and services platform. The fully functional software is ready for piloting and designed to integrate blockchain-based smart contract capabilities as soon as the underlying technology has matured. Procivis further announced it will provide free access to its solution for partnering NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to support their work in the developing world.

The beta version of Procivis’ integrated electronic identity and services solution, called “eID+”, is available as of now. The platform allows the issuance, management and integration of electronic identity services. At the heart of the solution is a mobile app that allows citizens to create and manage their electronic identity, and access related services. These include secure and convenient login to websites using two-factor authentication, and the electronic signing and safe storage of documents.

Verification providers, such as state authorities or their delegates, can access the platform on a web backend to attest the correctness of personal data stored as part of a citizen’s electronic identity. An application programming interface (API) allows third parties to validate the verification status of such information, adding security and speed to their processes. A second backend allows website operators to set up seamless onboarding and login for their applications using eID+ as well as the upload of documents for electronic signing by eID+ users.

Among others, Procivis is in talks with several Swiss cantons, different agencies within the United Nations and the World Bank to discuss the implementation of Procivis in a pilot setup. Procivis founder and CEO Daniel Gasteiger said: “The high level of interest we’ve been registering since the launch of Procivis early this year reflects the sense of urgency among both governments and international organisations to establish a solid foundation for the digitisation of our society. We expect to roll out the first pilot implementations based on our current solution within the next six months.”

In keeping with its vision to empower citizens across the globe by providing them with a trusted electronic identity while giving them full control over their personal data, Procivis has announced it will offer free access to their solution to a group of NGOs and intergovernmental organisations it is in discussions with, including different UN agencies, the World Bank and the Red Cross.

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About Procivis
Procivis is a Swiss venture founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger. beta version of its eID+ platform in May 2017. The company is developing an “e-government as a service” platform to enable the digitisation of societies and the provision of online public services across the globe.

News Release “Swiss startup Procivis launches blockchain-backed e-government platform”

Procivis, a new venture founded by Swiss blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger, has come out of stealth mode to present its proof of concept for a blockchain-backed e-government platform at today’s Microsoft public sector digitization practice day in Bern. To design its services, the company will collaborate closely with Estonian e-government experts.

Procivis was launched with the aim to develop and offer an “e-government as a service” solution that draws on Estonia’s leading experience in the field, combines it with the strengths of emerging blockchain technology and builds on Switzerland’s trusted values. At today’s event in Bern, company founder Daniel Gasteiger is presenting the proof of concept for a mobile phone-based e-voting application running on the Procivis platform that allows tamper-proof voting for citizens.

E-government services are a promising example how blockchain technology can be applied to areas beyond crypto currencies. While e-voting is being presented at today’s event as one possible application to make use of Procivis’ secure digital identity management, the platform will be designed to run a government-curated app store that can offer the full range of public administration services, including tax filings, land registry or commercial registry.

Company founder Daniel Gasteiger said about the motivation to start Procivis: “Learning about the level of digitization of the public sector in Estonia left me deeply impressed, especially when looking at the state of digitization in Western Europe, including Switzerland. By bringing Estonia’s leading e-government experts on board and adding our blockchain experience, our aim is to create a platform that can serve as the future electronic backbone of democracies across the globe.”

Kaspar Korjus, strategic advisor to Procivis and Managing Director of Estonia’s “e-Residency” program said: “I’ve visited most of the emerging digital societies around the globe, and they all experience similar struggles. Procivis has a unique opportunity to build a solution that will help overcome these hurdles, boost the digitization of entire countries and empower its citizens. It’s a bold ambition, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Along with its proof of concept, Procivis is presenting a study coordinated by Prof. Dr. Alexander Trechsel of Zurich-based consulting firm Xupery, which draws a comparison between the evolution of Switzerland and Estonia as digital societies over the past twenty years. The report is co-authored by political scientists Dr. Maarit Ströbele and Nele Leosk.

The study highlights the necessary elements for a successful implementation of e-government applications and addresses issues often associated with low user adoption rates. According to the report, the successful delivery of digital public services begins with full political support for enabling technologies, relies on the fostering of strong public-private partnerships to develop efficient and user centered services in an iterative manner and, finally, requires a clear strategy and timeline to introduce digital identities for every citizen.

Prof. Alexander Trechsel said about the outcome of the study: “The study has revealed the particular strengths of Estonia’s approach, which made the country a poster child for e-government. Our research also shows that, despite having the reputation of being one of the most innovative countries, Switzerland so far hasn’t sufficiently seized the opportunities of digitization in the public sector.”

 

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About Procivis
Procivis is a Swiss venture founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger. The company is developing an “e-government as a service” platform to enable the digitization of societies and the provision of online public services across the globe. Procivis has presented its proof of concept for the secure delivery of public services using blockchain technology in January 2017 and is currently raising seed funding.