The scope of services of the Application Governikus has been expanded considerably over the years. Originally designed as middleware for data transmission based on the OSCI transport protocol, in which signatures and cryptography as well as authentication already played a major role, the Application Governikus now contains products and function modules for the application areas eID, secure data transmission, encryption and decryption, electronic signatures/seals and their verification as well as TR-ESOR-compliant preservation of evidence.
With the use of Governikus components, numerous implementation projects or scenarios can be realized, for example
- interoperable user accounts in the portal network,
- Authority/justice communications including identity management functionalities,
- Identity management (IDM) e.g. in e-billing scenarios etc.
By introducing the e-file, the Application Governikus provides building blocks that are essential for digital administrative work without media discontinuity.
In particular, the Application Governikus enables legally compliant processing and confidential end-to-end encrypted transmission of data and documents. It includes comprehensive, SAFE-compliant identity management (e.g., with the identity card [PA] or electronic residence permit [eAT], certificate-based, by means of user name and password, as an IdP proxy or eIDAS token), e.g., to ensure written form replacement in accordance with the E-Government Act.