HP, Intel, NTT and Symlabs First to Demonstrate Interoperability of Liberty Alliance Advanced Client Specifications

Testing within Liberty’s Technology Expert Group validates Advanced Client functionality and establishes guidelines for this year’s Liberty Interoperable™ certification program

Liberty Alliance – June 27, 2007 – Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that Intel, HP, NTT and Symlabs have demonstrated interoperability for Liberty’s Advanced Client specifications. The testing was conducted by Liberty’s Technology Expert Group (TEG) to ensure the specifications meet foundational use case requirements and enable interoperable implementations. The final release of the Advanced Client specifications is currently scheduled for later this summer.

Liberty’s Advanced Client is a set of specifications and technologies that leverage the proven interoperability, security and privacy capabilities of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services to allow users to conduct a wide range of identity-based transactions from any device and when the device is either connected to a network or offline. During the preliminary testing event held last month, Intel, HP, NTT and Symlabs demonstrated interoperability and key functionality of the Advanced Client specifications including connected and disconnected single sign-on, secure access to Web Services and the complete provisioning lifecycle at the device level.

“Proven interoperability of identity products is allowing organizations of all sizes and in every market sector to more easily deploy and manage successful identity-based applications and services,” said Roger Sullivan, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Oracle Identity Management. “By validating interoperability and functionality of the Advanced Client specifications, HP, Intel, NTT and Symlabs are among the organizations playing an important role in driving the next generation of open, secure and privacy-respecting client-based applications.”

The Advanced Client specifications extend user-controlled identity management functionality to client devices such as cameras, handhelds, laptops, printers, and television set-top boxes, The specifications are part of Liberty’s roadmap to deliver an open and interoperable end-to-end digital identity management framework that provides security and privacy protection across all networks and devices. The Advanced Client relies on ID-WSF 2.0 (Liberty Web Services) which includes support for WS-Addressing and WS-Security specifications. More information about Liberty’s client specifications and its roadmap for continuously delivering enhanced functionality to client devices is available at https://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/strategic_initiatives/client_devices. Support from organizations participating in Liberty’s TEG testing of the Advanced Client specifications includes:

HP – “Enterprises and identity providers can leverage Liberty’s portfolio of proven interoperable client specifications to offer customers a wide range of new identity-based services across devices and networks,” said Jason Rouault, vice president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and Chief Technologist for Identity and Security Management, HP Software. “Liberty’s Advanced Client is delivering users new security and privacy controls for accessing and managing identity information across connected and disconnected devices.”

Intel – “Testing overall functionality and interoperability of the Liberty Alliance Advanced Client is a significant step in ensuring the technologies meet the identity management requirements of deployers and users worldwide,” said Conor Cahill, editor of the Advanced Client specification within the Liberty Alliance Technology Expert Group and Principal Engineer with Intel. “With the Advanced Client, organizations and service providers can now easily provision and deprovision a variety of identity-based services to any client device.”

Symlabs – “Liberty’s Advanced Client specification takes identity management to a whole new level by enabling disconnected operation, which means a handheld device with no network coverage can still SSO and use available services. We’re excited about this comprehensive solution for mobile identity, so to speed its adoption, Symlabs Advanced Client stack is offered as both an embedded toolkit for device manufacturers and a server product for mobile operators. The testing we’ve done through the Liberty Interoperable program not only assures complete and proper operation, it also demonstrates Liberty’s commitment to open standards that work in real networks.” – Sampo Kellomäki, Identity Architect, Symlabs.

Laying the groundwork for 2007 Liberty Interoperable™ testing

Testing by Liberty’s TEG serves as an important step in validating the functionality of Liberty specifications before they are published as final, and in establishing guidelines and procedures for later use in the Liberty Interoperable Program. Liberty Alliance is the only global identity organization that offers testing of vendor products to measure true interoperability of identity specifications. Passing Liberty Interoperable testing provides deployers with assurances that Liberty-enabled client-based applications, federated identity systems, identity-based Web Services, SOAs and social networking applications will interoperate from day one and provide users and enterprises with real identity management value over the long-term.

Liberty Interoperable testing is now administered by the Drummond Group Inc, the organization Liberty Alliance partnered with to enhance interoperability testing on a global basis. New features included in this year’s Liberty Interoperable program include Internet and full-matrix testing capabilities, These enhancements allow participants to test from any location and against more vendor products. The Liberty Interoperable Program is open to all organizations interested in testing identity products for interoperability with the nearly 80 products and solutions from vendors around the world that have already passed Liberty testing. Organizations interested in participating in the Liberty Interoperable Program can get more information by visiting https://projectliberty.org/index.php/liberty/liberty_interoperable

About Liberty Alliance

Liberty Alliance is a global identity consortium with a membership base that includes technology vendors, consumer service providers and educational and government organizations working together to build a more trusted Internet by addressing the technology, business and privacy aspects of digital identity management. The Liberty Alliance Management Board consists of representatives from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, HP, Intel, Novell, NTT, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. Liberty’s Expert Groups are the Technology Expert Group (TEG), the Public Policy Expert Group (PPEG) and the Strong Authentication Expert Group (SAEG). Members form special interest groups based on the need to solve regional and global identity issues and include the eGovernment, eHealth and the Identity Theft Prevention groups. More information about Liberty Alliance is available at www.projectliberty.org


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