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Time for a[nother] discussion on digital signatures

OMTI is pleased to announce ReporterBase Digital Signature Proxy (RB-DSP) for applying reporters’ digital signatures to their RB-PDF transcripts through the normal production process. RB-DSP is a free way to apply digital signatures to electronic transcripts efficiently in-house while maintaining the integrity of the signature.

How it works

Reporters and RB court reporting firms can sign up for free at Reporterbase.com. The only charge is a yearly subscription fee of $19.95 (currently $22.95) that reporters pay to VeriSign Symantec (formerly VeriSign) for their individual digital signatures.

Reporters register their digital signature with Reporterbase.com and upload a scan of their handwritten signature to the site. They also designate which RB-using court reporting agencies they will permit to apply their signature to their RB-PDF transcripts.

After registering with Reporterbase.com, whenever a designated agency applies the reporter’s signature to a transcript, the usage is recorded in a log that the reporter can monitor on ReporterBase.com.

For the court reporting agency, it couldn’t be easier: The production staff simply clicks a button on an RB-PDF transcript, then clicks on the transcript where they want the signature to appear. RB8 automatically knows which signature to apply and automatically records its use in both the agency’s and the reporter’s logs.

For more info on digital signatures and how RB-DSP works, view the RB-DSP screencasts on our website in RBU under Team RB.

A disclaimer

Due to the lack of legal precedent regarding the use of digital signatures, OMTI makes no claims as to the legality of RB-DSP (see Reporterbase.com’s Disclaimer of Warranties in Terms of Use). Instead, we believe it is a superior way to add reporters’ signatures to electronic transcripts:

  • It is automatic. A court reporting firm’s production department does not need to know reporters’ personal information, such as user IDs and passwords, to apply their signatures.
  • It is quick. Applying a signature is a two-click process — production staffers do not need to go to a third-party website or application, it is all within RB8’s PDF Transcript function.
  • It is accurate. Production staff does not choose a reporter’s signature for a transcript; the correct signature is already tied to the transcript based on who turned in the job.
  • It is monitored. Anytime a signature is applied via RB-DSP, it is automatically logged in both the reporter’s and the agency’s usage log. Usage logs track when a signature was used, on which transcript and by which agency. Reporters can also choose to be automatically notified by email anytime their signature is used.

And if you haven’t used RB-PDF transcripts yet, check out the latest version. In addition to digital signature proxies, it includes expanded customization options and improved condensed transcripts.

For more information on RB-DSP, please visit Reporterbase.com, view the screencasts, or contact RB Sales.

FEBRUARY–APRIL 2009 FEATURE ARTICLE

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