One of the main differences between customary identification documents like passports and digital identities comprised of certificates stored in an appropriate CA and private keys stored on either a smartcard (Rəqəmsal İD-kart) or a SIM-card in a mobile phone (Asan İmza or Mobile ID) is that the latter have the function of giving signatures. Saving both time and money, as you can sign electronic versions of documents without printing and shipping hard copies, it is also secure, as both the identity of the signer and the authenticity of the signature are guaranteed by respective certificates. Only a signature given with a certificate valid at the moment of signing is valid itself, which is why an appropriate service is available to verify the validity of a certificate in real time. Digital signatures can be used for confirming payments in internet banks, using services of state institutions or private enterprises online, concluding agreements with business partners, etc.—basically anything for which you have customarily written your signature as the statement of intent.
AsanDoc is essentially a combination of the document containing the agreement you are entering by providing a digital signature and the information regarding the digital signature itself. You can add a digital signature to a document in any format as well as to a container of documents.
By adding a digital signature to a document or container an AsanDoc file is created, of which the signature is now an inseparable part. As no alterations can be made to the document(s) after signing, the digital signature confirms the integrity of its content. A digital signature contains information on the signer, validity of the signing certificate used, time of signing, and optional elements like the resolution and location of the signer, etc. An AsanDoc can later be opened to view the document(s) that was signed and the signatures added to it. It can also be stored, shared, e-mailed or printed like a regular document. In the printed version, the information on the signatures appears on a separate sheet.
As digital signatures carry the same legal weight as handwritten signatures in Azerbaijan, a secure, easy-to-use platform must be established to provide government institutions, businesses and private persons a tool for giving digital signatures. A downloadable application is available for the AsanDoc service and it can also be integrated with e-services like internet banks and others, as mentioned above.
The AsanDoc Service is a SOAP JSON-RPC service, with which authentication and digital signing functionality can easily be connected to an existing e-service or application. The service is compatible with development platforms that have SOAP JSON-RPC 2.0 support.