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SigLite or SignatureGem? – Topaz Signature Capture Pads

Topaz Signature Capture PadsIf you are shopping around for a stand-alone digital signature capture pad that can be used with a computer, while creating legally binding signatures, you may want to consider a signature pad from Topaz (found here). Topaz signature capture pads are considered to be the best, bare none. With that in mind, should you use a SigLite or a SignatureGem?

Topaz signature capture pads are used by pharmacies, DMVs, government entities, offices, retailers (receipts) and more to create legally binding signatures on documents and other forms. They can be connected to a computer via USB or via a standard serial port (depending on the model). These pads can be integrated into Adobe for use with PDF documents, MS Word (up to 2007) and many other programs.

Topaz has this to say about their signature capture pads:

The Topaz approach to electronic documents and contracts with signatures is to mimic the tried-and-true methods of ink-on-paper contracts, documents, and authentication.  This is good news because all current state and federal digital handwritten signature regulations are based on the same approach.  One of the things that this means is that Topaz .sig data contains the original signature data and little else. A Topaz e-signature is original signature data bound in such a way that the signature can only be verified in the context of the original document.    We have designed the software so that document data including meaning and the identity of the signer stay as originally authored in the document. This allows compliance with FDA regulation 21 code, Part 11, section 11.50, and state regulations such as CA 220002(b)(4)(A) and (B). Systems which display and store meaning and identity information separately from the document appear to violate various government requirements.   By keeping traditional pen-and-paper document data where it belongs – in the document, the Topaz system avoids potential security and refutability problems that may plague other electronic signature systems.

While this may all sound complicated, it basically means that a signature generated on a Topaz signature pad is just as legally binding (and even more secure) than a signature on standard paper. Other capacitive and resistive capture devices (including phones, pads and tablets) don’t offer the legally binding capabilities or the security of a Topaz unit.

There are two main categories of Topaz digital signature pads. They are all solid units, but each are designed to meet the needs of different entities. These two categories are the SigLite and SignatureGem models. Here are the basic differences between the two:

Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 Signature Capture PadSigLite – The SigLite is the most basic signature capture pad Topaz offers. This pad comes in a wide variety of screen sizes and designs. Two of the most popular models include the Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 (found here) and the Topaz SigLiteLCD 1 X5 (found here). The LCD version of the SigLite includes an LCD screen that can display text, graphics and the signature as it is being made. The typical SigLite signature capture pad has a 10,000-signature lifespan. This makes the SigLite ideal for low to medium-volume use. This is more than enough capacity for most people. Bundled software is included with the SigLites. As is the case with Topaz pads, a developer kit is available, allowing the SigLite to be integrated into other systems.

Topaz SignatureGem 1 x 5 Signature Capture PadSignatureGem – The SignatureGem is the workhorse of the signature capture pad industry. These signature pads are designed for medium to high-volume signature capture volumes. The SignatureGems can be used to capture up to 250,000+ signatures, which is over 25 times the lifespan of a SigLite. As is the case with the SigLites, the SignatureGems come in a standard and an LCD version and most come with USB or standard serial connectivity. Popular models include the Topaz SignatureGem 1 x 5 (found here) and the Topaz SignatureGemLCD 1 x 5 (found here).

Both of these lines of signature capture devices feature both Windows and Linux support. Bundled software includes:

  • Support for Word, Excel, Access, Acrobat, Notes and Domino, HTML, Java, ASP, VB, VC++, Delphi, Images, Crystal Reports, etc.
  • Supported Windows Operating Systems: 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Other Supported Operating Systems: Linux support using either the JAVA or the C++ Software Tool Kits.
  • Signature Encryption, Document Binding, Transaction Receipts

We sell these pads every day and our customers are very satisfied with the quality, the price and the ease-of-use. If you are considering going digital, or adding digital signature capabilities to your existing hardware or software, consider one of our Topaz devices. You can find our entire selection of Topaz signature capture pads here.

While these signature capture devices are pretty straightforward, you may have questions about how these can be used with your existing computers, software or hardware. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with those questions or post your question as a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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