Modules for e-government: eID, payment function and signature

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Electronic identities and payment method

Generating consistent electronic processes for e-government applications.

Modules for e-government: eID, payment function and signature

Electronic identities (eID), payment functions and digital signatures enable the overall design of processes in public authorities without media discontinuity. Materna offers consulting and selection up to integration in web applications, portals and specialist procedures for the components ePayBL, eID/nPA/eAT, eSig and the "service account".

Processes without media discontinuity

Materna supports public authorities in the organizational and technical integration of the following identifiation and payment procedures into federal, state and communal e-government applications.


The e-payment platform for public administration

ePayBL (E-Payment Bund-Länder) is the basic component for German public authorities for end-to-end, electronic processing of payment transactions for chargeable services via the Internet. The functional scope of the established platform includes processing via giropay, credit card, Paypal, SEPA direct debit or prepayment and "on account". Transactions with banks or credit card providers are automated. The online payment procedure can be easily integrated into existing specialist procedures and in addition offers a direct connection to financial systems.

The standardized and automated connection speeds up processes and reduces administrative costs. This means that income is available promptly.

ePayment is used in specialist processes, portals or forms management applications as well as in smart city solutions. Materna supports public authorities in the organizational and technical connection to e-government applications.


Secure electronic identities

The subsidy legislation for eID functions (PAuswG-E) as of now also provides citizens who apply for a new ID card with the option of an activated eID function. Based on the eIDAS regulation, the eID function fulfils all the requirements to gain the level of “highly trusted”. Since September 2018, all other EU member states are obliged to open up their administration procedures with the appropriate security level to German online ID functions. Electronic identities are deployed in specialist procedures, portals, forms management applications and smart city solutions as well. Authorised authorities can read out the eID data and transfer it into their (online) forms or electronic applications. Under certain conditions, the NPA can be read out on the spot. The address data printed on the ID can also be identified electronically without having to enter a PIN. In addition to saving time, this option means data quality is better, as false entries can be avoided. The eID can replace written formats. In the past you had to sign an application to authorize it, but now this can be carried out in a legally compliant way by reading out the passport data online. If the right infrastructure is available at home it is not absolutely essential to go to a public administration office in person. If you have the right infrastructure at home, you don’t need to go to the public administration office in person. Under certain conditions, the AusweisApp2 can also be used as a card-reader now. If your smartphone uses NFC and is of the right standard, the data from your ID can be passed on to an electronic form directly from your smartphone.

Electronic signature (eSig)

Sign contracts with tablet and smartphone online

With online forms, administrations create a 24/7 service for citizens: independent of opening hours and convenient to use from home. The eIDAS Regulation has replaced the German Signature Act and has been in force since 1 July 2016. Online applications that require a legally binding signature can now also be signed conveniently using two-factor authentication with mobile devices.

With sign-me, Bundesdruckerei offers a remote signature solution that meets the requirements of the Ordinance on Electronic Identification and Confidence Services (eIDAS). With the remote signature via sign-me, previously paper-based signature processes can be handled completely electronically – and conveniently via PC, tablet and smartphone, legally binding and throughout the EU.


Online identification service for all of NRW

One reason for the lack of acceptance of e-government offers among citizens is the recurring re-registration of their data when using online offers. A service account as a central component of e-government offers provides a remedy.

The eID of the new identity card makes clear identification possible and can be used by activation mechanisms for e.g. further applications of other authorities. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany is a pioneer in the use of the service account. From 1 January 2018, citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia can use the online identification service to identify and authenticate themselves for all online applications of the state and the municipalities after a one-time registration. This way, citizens with a central identity can register at all citizen service and administration portals in North Rhine-Westphalia – and in the future throughout Germany and the EU. The registration is done once with a user name and password of your choice. Participants only need to register once and can do this at various levels of confidence. The service account supports the ID with a “high” confidence level and registration is carried out with a user name and password of your choice.

Mobile authentication and the provision of company accounts and the mailbox function will also gradually follow.

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