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The U.S. Postal Service has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Schenectady, N.Y.-based AuthentiDate Holding Corp. to provide the USPS Electronic Postmark (EPM) service.

The service, using sophisticated encryption technology, provides evidence that the content of an electronic document or file existed at a specific date and time, and "ensures that it cannot be altered without detection," the company said.

The AuthentiDate subsidiary said it will provide the management, technology and support for the Postal Service's EPM offering. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AuthentiDate said it will implement EPM as an XML-based Web service that can be added to any application regardless of the computing platform or operating system (including IBM's WebSphere and Microsoft's .NET initiative).

"Americans trust the Postal Service when they communicate via hardcopy mail," said Deputy Postmaster General John M. Nolan. "We believe that the USPS Electronic Postmark adds a comparable level of trust to electronic correspondence and transactions."

Citing figures from ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), John Botti, CEO of AuthentiDate Holding, said that of an estimated 3 trillion electronic exchanges annually, an estimated 5 percent, or 150 billion are candidates for the electronic time and date stamping service.

AuthentiDate Holding has five business units: DocStar, AuthentiDate International AG, AuthentiDate Inc., DJS Marketing Group/Computer Professionals International and Trac Medical Solutions.