Helsinki, 20 November 2012 – Two years ago, the Finnish company Arkkeo was founded to make it easier for individuals to organize and manage all their important personal and family documents from a single, secure online location. Today Arkkeo officially opens its doors at www.arkkeo.com.
“We established Arkkeo because individuals continually struggle to manage all the paper documents they receive from the companies and service providers they do business with. We started wondering why all this paper was necessary and why documents couldn’t be transferred and stored electronically when nowadays it is possible to manage nearly everything else online. We thought about the solution in terms of developing a service, and we came to the conclusion that it would be to everyone’s benefit to do something about it.” says Arkkeo’s Founder and CEO, Tuomas Kohila.
Arkkeo enables its users to securely archive all the important documents from everyday life, such as purchase receipts, insurance documents, health documents, travel tickets and auto service documents. Using Arkkeo is easy and it’s free to get started. Individuals can register for the service, either on their own initiative or by responding to an invitation from a company who is an Arkkeo partner. Documents are transferred to an individual’s Arkkeo account automatically and securely by Arkkeo partner companies, or by using Arkkeo’s smartphone app an individual can take photos of existing paper documents and they will be uploaded directly to their account. And it is equally easy for Arkkeo’s business partners: the system links seamlessly to modern cashier systems and consumer document management systems so that receipts and other documents are deposited automatically and securely to users’ Arkkeo accounts.
Inside the Arkkeo service, individuals can categorize and archive their documents in a logical manner. The service is located in the Cloud, so documents are available whenever they are needed from wherever an individual happens to be. For example, if a personal health document is needed while an individual is on a vacation, it is just an Internet connection away. And you never have to worry about the safety of your documents because Arkkeo uses bank-level security to protect all of your important information.
“We currently live in an interesting time of great change on our journey towards a paperless society. Such a big change is often easier to observe afterwards. It’s easy now to see what big changes have been made in the world of banking or entertainment when we remember how different the world was when we still used bank books, check books and VHS cassettes.” explains Kohila.
“In five years we will probably be amazed by the amount of time we used to spend finding and managing paper-based documents.” Kohila predicts.
Kohila has had a long and successful career in the Finnish technology industry. In 2007, he was elected Software Entrepreneur of the Year in Finland. Kohila holds a Master of Engineering degree.
A number of companies have already joined the Arkkeo service as partners including healthcare firms and service providers. Arkkeo currently employs just under ten people and aims at internationalizing the service next year.