New version focusses on cross-border document exchange
The government of Estonia has unveiled the 6th version of the central server for X-Road, its secure document exchange solution. The new version, published in early November, should make it easier for tax authorities and population registries, for example, to set-up the exchange of information. The solution can also be used between companies for securing their document exchange.
The country has started the upgrade to the most recent version, which will take most of next year. The upgrade to version 6 introduced changes in the security schema, improving the way the integrity of exchange messages is ensured. The update will require all users to update their existing X-road installations, explains the RIA, Estonia central IT agency.
According to the RIA, Finland will also upgrade to version 6. This should make it easier for the government in Tallinn to exchange documents with its colleagues in Helsinki.
The X-road update is financed in part by the European Regional Development Fund. Estonia’s secure document exchange system is developed as open source.
In 2013, the UK considered to use X-Road.