With a trace:original certificate you can guarantee the authenticity and security of a certificate as well as proving what, when, where, by whom, and by which authority the certificate was generated.
Standard certificates of today are usually created using paper or PDF files even though there are clear drawbacks to using these methods such as fraud risk, high costs, lead time to produce, manage and store as well as large environmental impacts.
Verifying paper certificates is a costly process that requires the verifier to see the paper original. It's also subject to forgery and fraud. Verifying PDF certificates is faster and cheaper but the available tools are easy to manipulate, for example a QR code that points to a verification website or central databases that can be accessed through a membership.
With trace:original certificates, we introduce a blockchain based “digital notary service" where everybody without any requirement on membership can instantly verify the authenticity of a certificate.
Combining the positive aspects of paper and PDF
A trace:original certificate combines the positive aspects of paper and PDF files and adds unique strengthened functionalities such as the ability to separate an original from a copy.
If you are the holder of an original you can add information onto the already issued certificate and you have the functionality to cancel/invalidate any issued certificate. If you are the receiver of a copy then it can be instantly verified towards the original. In addition, the certificate is 100% machine readable, includes a full and complete audit trail and is impossible to manipulate without leaving a trace.
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All the benefits
of traditional certificates
All the features of digital documents
How does it work?
trace:original is a simple, fast, and low-cost solution to implement and maintain, with minimal operational impact. The solution allows you to switch from physical documents to digital ones with ease.
Any type of certificate can be digitised
Food and agro certificates
trace:original certificates features
How will you benefit?
Traceability - contains full audit trail of events within the document
Data ownership - no business or personal data shared or stored outside of the trace:original certificate document.
Transparency – process visibility throughout the transaction cycle.
Storage – digitally stored by the owner and digital back-ups possible.
Protection – only the one in possession has the right to add new content, transfer possession or invalidate, no-one can manipulate what has been written.
Authenticity – Document authenticity can be verified by anyone at any time
Evidence – Current or older version of document verifiable via its evidence stored on the block chain (Public Notary)
Using trace:original certificates will contribute to fulfilling the following goals:
SME growth and prosperity since:
- It will be easier to set up and execute a transaction
- Smaller amounts and shorter tenors are possible
- They can have access to ECA financing and guarantees
Innovation and infrastructure:
- As easy, affordable and interoperable as using paper
Reduce carbon emissions, fresh water and land use by reducing:
- Paper documents/production
- All physical transportation of the documents
Case study - Zertrace
With trace:original, Zertrace created the digital original smart certificates, allowing the user to instantly verify a certificate as true and valid. It is done by uploading and scanning a digital certificate QR code on a computer or smartphone app.
For example,by the time bananas reach consumers, they have been in the hands of producers, exporters, importers, and distributors to end up with retailers and buyers. Every step is subject to certification and a transaction certificate is issued for each step in the process.
With trace:original, Zertrace could enhance both quality, efficiency and user friendliness, achiving the trust that the market deserves.