Onvia secures B2G e-bidding
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Aug 21, 2001
Responding to an increased demand from state and local governments for electronic
signature support in online bidding, Onvia Inc. is adding secure electronic
bidding to its business-to-government e-procurement solution.
The service stems from a partnership announced Aug. 20 between Onvia and
PrivateExpress Inc., a provider of Internet-based secure messaging solutions.
Government agencies will be able to use Onvia's BidWire product to create
requests for proposals and bid requests, designate them for electronic bidding,
and then distribute them through the Onvia B2G Exchange, said Mike Pickett,
chairman and chief executive officer at Onvia.
Suppliers will use Onvia to encrypt and electronically sign their bids,
which will be delivered to agency buyers via the PrivateExpress Secure Messaging
Network. The PrivateExpress LockBox software collects and stores the bids
until the designated close date, said Richard Ormond, president and chief
executive officer of San Mateo, Calif.-based PrivateExpress.
By using Onvia's BidWire product with PrivateExpress technology, government
agencies and their suppliers will save time and money, Ormond said. "Agencies
will experience improved bid administration and safeguard the security and
privacy of submitted bids, while suppliers will have much more time to refine
their estimates before they are due," he said in a release.
Onvia has more than 20,000 suppliers and more than 300 state and local customers