E-Timestamp: the power of timestamps and geolocations

The European eIDAS regulation (electronic identification and trust services) aims to ensure that:

  • Companies and individuals can identify themselves online in any country within the EU;
  • A European market is being created where parties can exchange, seal and¬†sign¬†messages, documents, and transactions carefree and legally.

Only parties that certify to the highest level can legally offer digital signatures and online identification solutions. The EU has drawn up strict frameworks and guidelines to guarantee the above services’ safety, reliability, and legality. This article looks closely at insuring your transactions and shipments using timestamps and geolocations: the eTimestamp.

What is an eTimestamp (electronic timestamp)?

You can use an eTimestamp solution to add a timestamp and geolocation to essential documents, messages and transactions. In this way, you prove that the relevant document or transactions, such as purchase and shipping receipts, existed at a certain point in time. To put it more technically: with the help of an eTimestamp solution, you can legally assign a universal date, time, and location to forms of digital data (such as documents, messages, and transactions). This way, you can prevent your important documents, messages, and transactions from being changed without your knowledge.

Please note: you always use electronic time stamps and geolocations (eTimestamp) in combination with advanced and qualified digital signatures & electronic seals (eSignature and eSeal). After all, a timestamp is of little use if you cannot guarantee the integrity of your digital data (eSeal) and your business transactions (eSignature). Therefore, always work with a provider of qualified eSignature and eSeal solutions with authority to issue timestamps.

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What are the benefits of electronic timestamps and geolocations?

As a company or organization, it is crucial that you can rely on your incoming and outgoing business transactions. You can increase the security and reliability of these business transactions by adding a timestamp and geolocation during the digital signing and sealing of documents. In concrete terms, an eTimestamp solution provides you with the following benefits:

  • Legal validity: An electronic timestamp provides legal certainty that your important documents, messages, and transactions will not be altered without your knowledge after you have sealed them;
  • Security: adding a universal timestamp and geolocation increases the integrity of your important documents, allowing you to guarantee a higher level of security towards your customers and suppliers;
  • Monitoring: working with timestamps and geolocations ensures that you keep your important documents, such as quotations and order receipts within your organization. Allow yourself to discover where delays and problems occur within your business chain;
  • Archiving: Most companies and organizations must keep their important documents, messages, and transactions for years. Timestamps not only make this more accessible but also guarantee the authenticity of documents in your archive;
  • Fraud: be legally robust by time-stamping your intellectual, creative, and commercial works and prevent plagiarism on your property.

How does eTimestamp fit into our total digital signature package?

You can only use our eTimestamp solution with a digital signature (eSignature) or a digital seal (eSeal). By adding a timestamp and geolocation to the essential documents you want to seal and sign, you not only increase legal validity but can also better track your important documents and transactions within your organization.

1. Send

  • Send all your important messages, documents, and transactions securely to your customers, partners, and stakeholders.
  • We automatically secure and seal the contents of your documents, so you can be sure that the origin of your documents and transactions is guaranteed. We link this sealed digital data to a universal timestamp and geolocation.
  • Do you need to reliably and legally determine the identity of your addressees? Then you also have the option to add our advanced KYC check (know your customer).

2. Monitor

  • Get worry-free insight into the status of the signing process at the receiving party or parties.
  • You can monitor whether your essential messages, documents, and transactions have been received, read, accepted (or rejected), whether the content has stayed the same, etc.
  • Of course, we can timestamp and geolocation the above events to increase legality and security.
  • Don’t worry about accessibility for your customers, partners, and stakeholders: the messages and attachments you send can be read and signed from any device without downloading separate software or apps.

3. Certify

  • AbSign generates secure and valid certificates for the entire signing process and individual events within the process (e.g., received, read, accepted, etc.).
  • Thanks to our timestamps, you can easily archive the above certificates (including associated documents, messages, and transactions) for your administration.
  • We always maintain these certificates, even when you make adjustments and other changes to your documents and data. In this way, we guarantee that you can carry out business transactions within and outside the EU without any worries.

Are you convinced of AbSign as your partner for digital signatures?

Why choose AbSign as a partner for your eTimestamp solution?

  • Security: we use the latest security and encryption standards and are certified to the highest level under the strict laws and regulations of the European Union;
  • Total solution: you can easily combine the electronic timestamps with our services for digitally signing and sealing all your important documents, messages, and transactions. We are one of the few parties in the EU that offers all services under the eIDAS regulation (laws and regulations of the EU) safely and legally;
  • Integration: we integrate free of charge with all software packages that you currently use in your business. In this way, your employees do not have to adjust their current workflow, while you can still use our services;
  • Experience: AbSign has more than ten years of experience with customers worldwide. In these years, more than 5 million people have used our service, more than 30 million documents are sealed legally, and we have digitally signed more than 7 million contracts.


Are you looking for a certified electronic time stamp provider? Do you trust us as a solution for digital signatures and online identification? Then contact us immediately.

AbSign is the total solution for digital signatures, online identification (KYC), and other trust services. We have over 10 years of experience with customers worldwide and are fully legal within and outside the EU.