Digital original certificates:

A new era in the certificates industry

trace:original certificates

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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Creating and managing digital original documents is easy with trace:original.

Follow along a guided walkthrough of the process from creation to signing, transfer and invalidation.

All the benefits
of traditional certificates

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All the features of digital documents

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trace:original certificates

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

Transaction certificates

Personal certificates


Organic certificates


Food and agro certificates


Product certificates

trace:original certificates features

Possibility to add information, cancel or annul

The use of blockchain and ledger technology allows a flexible solution that adds the possibility to add additional information to an already issued certificate, and to cancel or annul a trace:original certificate.

Follow the goods

trace:original certificates can follow the goods through the transaction chain, enabling transaction certificates to be continuously updated with a complete and immutable audit trail.

Machine readable

trace:original certificates contain a machine readable code that allows IoT devices, NFC-chips for products or even to use it as a PDF adobe certified encapsulated code.

Freely transferable

Once a trace:original certificate has been created it is free to use and manage for anyone, the same way as a paper document. However, through trace:original it is easier, faster, and safer.

How will you benefit?

Cost and time efficient

Only the issuer of the certificate needs to be a customer of Enigio, and every certificate is paid for only once, at issuance, after which it is free to use forever. 

Data privacy

The data in the certificate only resides in the document, and nowhere else. This means that only the holders of the certificate and holders of copies can access the information.

Easy and flexible to implement

Only the creator of a trace:original document needs to be a customer of Enigio. Once the certificate is created the document is fully portable and can be received and managed by anyone, anywhere. The document is a normal PDF, but with extra features and it is readable both by human and machine. The only requirement to manage a trace:original document is a computer with internet connection and a modern web browser.

Safe and secure

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 UN sustainable development goals:

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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
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Innovation and infrastructure:

  • As easy, affordable and interoperable as using paper
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Reduce carbon emissions, fresh water and land use by reducing:

  • Paper documents/production
  • All physical transportation of the documents

Certificates and trace:original – a perfect combinaiton

Accessible and interoperable

Computer and internet only requirement

Digitally interoperable between anyone and any system

Readable by man and machine

Can contain a standard and/or a schema

Enables straight through processing (STP)

Safe and

Tamper proof and fraud safe

No sharing of business or personal data outside of document

Full audit trail

Cost and time

Minimal lead times

90% cost reduction


Reduce carbon emissions

Help SMEs growth
and prosperity

Promote infrastructure development 

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, achieving the trust that the market deserves.


See trace:original in action!

Schedule a one-on-one call to see how trace:original can help you achieve a fully digital end-to-end workflow with digital original documents, without any changes to your existing infrastructure.

In the call we will go through your specific needs and suggest a matching solution. We will also go through a live demo of trace:original, creating your first digital original document.

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