What we do

Trust and governance

We help governments, industries and people live in a world based on trust. The Otentik Trust Network defines the governance, trust framework and control mechanisms to ensure the authenticity and legitimacy of the billions of objects, goods and documents that we create, use or consult daily.

At the heart of this governance are 5 foundational principles

  • Trusted identity: Embrace the highest standards to trust the identity of the party certifying the information, whether it is an organization, a department or a person.
  • Proven legitimacy: Design the specification to ensure the legitimacy of the party that certifies the information.
  • Longevity and resilience: Develop the standard to ensure the information can be trusted for days, months, years… or decades!
  • Privacy-by-Design: Optimise both transparency and privacy. Architect it so anyone can audit the operations of the network, while only relevant parties have access to the published information. When possible, make sure the network never sees the information.
  • Online… or offline*: Keep in mind that despite an ever more connected world, many use cases must be resilient in environments where online access is not possible, not practical or not reliable. This doesn’t prevent a use case to use online information for additional value-added features.
    * Note that some VDS technologies (such as Blockchain based), and some use cases, always require an online connection.

Working groups and Standards

The Otentik network is based on a trust framework supported by technical Standards. It is engineered to carry various type of trustworthy data on its network in the form of VDS (Visible Digital Seal), a low cost 2D barcode applied to an object, a good or a document (it’s RFID friendly too). The VDS includes key validation data and embeds an electronic signature to detect tampering and to confirm the authenticity and legitimacy of the issuer.

The Otentik network is architected to carry multiple VDS specifications,
whether they are secured by a PKI or a blockchain.

The Otentik network supports multiple VDS technologies, carried on 2D barcodes or RFID tags. To ensure a broad adoption of the network, the Otentik Network has launched a working group to develop a VDS specification that supports thousands of use cases efficiently, with limited overhead. The first version of this specification has been standardized in France by AFNOR. The process is in motion to have the upcoming version of the specification standardized by an international body.

Draft specifications are only available to to working group participants. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in contributing, or wish to see the Otentik trust network carry another VDS specification.

Promote the adoption

One of the Otentik Network‘s mission is to promote the adoption and the implementation of VDS specifications accepted on the network, both with private and public organizations.

Promote and educate, from case studies to speaking engagements!

We’re always looking to promote the Otentik network and VDS technologies. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn how we can help you promote, or to discuss speaking engagements. We’re also looking for contributors to jointly develop educational or promotional material, and use cases.