ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France – 30 January 2012

38 companies from around the world took part in a recent interoperability testing campaign for PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures, organized by the ETSI Plugtests™ service. The interoperability event ran from 24th of November to 19th of December 2011, with participants connecting to each other and to the ETSI Plugtests portal, which provided information exchange, test execution, test evaluation and report generation services.

PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures (PAdES) is standardized by ETSI's Technical Committee for Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures (TC ESI) and is published as ETSI Technical Specification TS 102 778. The test specifications which were used in this Plugtests interoperability event were developed by an ETSI Special Task Force funded by the European Commission under Mandate M/460.

As well as encouraging vendors to develop interoperable products and demonstrating the level of interworking already achieved, this type of event also serves to identify improvements needed to the standard, which will be taken into account in future revisions.

ETSI is currently preparing further Plugtests events for electronic signatures in 2012. A remote event will be organized on XAdES (XML Advanced Electronic Signatures) and on the new ETSI TS 102 918 Associated Signature Container (ASiC).

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