Liberty Alliance Showcases Interoperability and Global Adoption Momentum at Catalyst 2006

Consortium hosts Liberty in Action hospitality suite June 15, showcasing Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services deployments worldwide

Liberty Alliance – San Francisco, June 7, 2006 — Liberty Alliance, the global consortium developing open standards for federated identity, interoperable strong authentication and identity-enabled Web services, today announced it will host a hospitality suite at Catalyst on June 15 at the San Francisco Hilton, Yosemite Room C, from 6-9:30pm. The suite will showcase the interoperability of identity products and applications based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services and will include the Danish Government, eBIZ.mobility, HP, Intel, MedCommons, Novell, NTT, Ping Identity, RSA Security, Symlabs and Sun Microsystems.

“The Liberty in Action suite will demonstrate real world applications delivering business value today and feature some of the innovative new capabilities Liberty’s open identity specifications will deliver tomorrow,” said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director, Platform Capabilities Lab at Intel. “From federation deployments touching millions of consumers and enterprise users worldwide, to one of the industry’s first demonstrations of a federated social network using Liberty People Services, the hospitality suite showcases how important industry standardization is to the successful deployment of interoperable identity solutions.”

With the adoption of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services steadily increasing, Liberty recently announced that it expects well over one billion Liberty-enabled identities and devices by the end of this year. Proven interoperability of identity products is playing an important role in Liberty’s worldwide adoption momentum. Liberty Alliance is the only global identity organization with a history of testing products and solutions from multiple vendors for true interoperability of identity specifications. Technologies featured in the Liberty in Action suite are among the over seventy identity products and solutions from vendors around the world that have passed interoperability testing since Liberty launched its conformance program in 2003.

The Liberty in Action hospitality suite is showcasing a variety of deployment scenarios, interoperability of applications and includes products that have passed Liberty Alliance interoperability testing. These demonstrations represent the many vendors and organizations from around the world that have established Liberty Alliance specifications as the “de-facto” standard for deploying interoperable federated identity management and identity-enabled Web services.

Liberty in Action : Deployment Scenarios

eBIZ.mobility – Federated Telco Billing – With the proliferation of mobile devices and the potential of anytime-anywhere commerce there has been a steady rise in interest among retailers, banks, vendors, payment networks and mobile network operators in participating in the digital content payment market. But there has been no inter-operator standard for handling online digital content transactions in a secure and cost-effective manner that answers the needs of the ever-expanding consumer thirst for open Web browsing. eBIZ.mobility has developed a federated payment processing solution where purchases made over Internet access devices like PCs or cellular telephones are charged directly to telecom or ISP invoices. The product, OneTouch™ On-line Purchasing, is built to support micro-payments (even purchases less than $1) for digital media and content, like coupons, games, dating, ring tones, music and video downloads. The demonstration uses Liberty Federation.

HP – Large Scale en Masse Federation at HP – Today, large companies like HP are faced with problems of centralized access management and SSO for not only internal systems and applications but also for connecting to external environments. HP-IT’s centralized identity management system hosts 21 million users and is growing at a rate of 700K users a month. Such a large-scale deployment requires both flexibility and scalability, while at the same time providing robust security and user-based privacy controls.

To address the HP identity and access management challenges, HP-IT is implementing identity federation. The solution enables HP-IT to provide SSO to the large number of users who access a wide variety of systems: internal, external partner and customer systems. The key to the implementation is federation via the SAML 2.0 and Liberty protocols. This approach allows for interoperation with a growing number of partners with disparate external IDM systems while addressing security and privacy concerns. The demonstration uses Liberty Federation.

Intel – Intel Identity Capable Platforms (ICP) – Intel Identity Capable Platform technology is a client-based approach to enabling flexible access to any device, network or service through a trusted environment that cooperates with and extends infrastructure-based solutions, including federated models. This technology—working with the whole constellation of personal and business devices such as cell phones, laptops, and PDAs —will enable identities to be shared, transported and locally managed in accordance with provider/user policy.

This demonstration uses Liberty’s Web Services Framework (ID-WSF), Authentication Service, and Discovery Service.

Sun Microsystems – Liberty on the Desktop—a User-centric Identity Approach – Sun’s goal with this demonstration is to show that Liberty is more than an enterprise-focused solution and that its (ID-WSF) protocols strongly support a user-centric identity approach. Sun also seeks to address the use of Liberty in existing deployments for example: how do I Liberty-enable my existing services while minimizing impact?

In this demonstration, the user’s interaction with an IdP/DS (identity provider/discovery service) is handled by a Java applet that is local to the desktop. The user gets to choose both what data is provided to the WSC (Web service consumer) as well as which WSP (Web service provider) will be providing that information. The WSC then obtains reliable data and the customer is reassured that privacy is maintained. The integration with Liberty is almost seamless and form filling is an efficient way to minimize the impact on existing deployments. The module we developed is OS & browser independent. This demonstration uses Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services.

The Danish Government – Federated Identity in the Danish Public Sector –

The Danish Government has had a federated identity program since 2004. The goal is to promote flexibility and interoperability between Danish public sector institutions as well as private companies – based on a decentralized approach. The Strategic Office at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is overseeing this project and seeks to base its work on international standards and international initiatives whenever possible.

To that end, Denmark has started with a base adopted from the US e-Authentication SSO Architecture. The goals for the first phase of the Danish program include: support the ability of different authorities to use a shared login-service, enable simplified Sign-On (SSO), establish a structure that can be the basis for exchanging authorization information between independent organizations, embrace the use of different mechanisms and levels of authentication, support existing solutions and other forms of authentication including publicly-issued certificates. This presentation showcases Liberty Federation.
Liberty in Action : Interoperable Applications

NTT and Symlabs: Liberty People Service – NTT and Symlabs will demonstrate Liberty People Service, the industry’s first open Web services framework for managing social relationships in a federated social network. The Liberty ID-WSF People Service™ allows consumers and enterprise users to manage social applications such as bookmarks, blogging, calendars, photo sharing and instant messaging from a common layer within the Liberty Web Services framework. Liberty People Service has been developed to allow individuals to easily store, maintain, and categorize online relationships so that other socially-aware Web services applications can leverage information based on the consent and privacy controls established by a user in the federated social network.

MedCommons, Symlabs and Sun Microsystems: Federation and Identity-enabled Web Services in Healthcare – MedCommons, Symlabs and Sun Microsystems are demonstrating the standards-based federation of the key participants in a regional or national health information exchange including a health care institution, an independent personal health records service and a record locator service to manage queries for personal health information. The demonstration uses the ANSI-standard ASTM-CCR Continuity of Care Record as the interchange document format together with Liberty Federation (ID-FF) and Liberty Web Services (ID-WSF) to ensure identity based access, interoperability and a consistent user interface as patients and practitioners are asked to make informed information disclosure choices. The demonstration shows how a physician signed-on to the electronic health record (EHR) of her hospital sees a combined view of patient information that includes medications and insurance information supplied by the personal health record (PHR) identity service.

MedCommons, Novell, Ping Identity and Sun Microsystems: Federated Identity in Healthcare – MedCommons, Novell, Ping Identity and Sun Microsystems will demonstrate secure, standards-based, single sign-on interoperability solutions for multi-location electronic health record access and storage to medical information using SAML 2.0 supported functionality. The demonstration will showcase key patient benefits that include convenience of single sign-on, more control over privacy and ease of dealing with healthcare providers and payers. On the provider side, the demo highlights benefits that standardization delivers, such as improved access to medical information, better operating efficiencies that reduce costs, and easier, faster HIPAA compliance.

Liberty in Action : Product Interoperability – Liberty Interoperable™ Program HP – HP OpenView Select Federation 6.5 enables the secure and privacy-driven sharing of user information across business boundaries. Select Federation uses industry standards to link user identity accounts, which greatly reduces the administrative cost and time of enabling trusted business relationships, while limiting organizational risk and liability. Novell – The upcoming release of Novell Access Manager 3 is a comprehensive Web security solution. It provides seamless single sign-on across technical and organizational boundaries based on industry standards including Liberty Alliance protocols. It combines advanced capabilities such as multi-factor authentication, data encryption, single sign-on and SSL VPN to simplify administration and secure access. With Novell Access Manager, Novell will deliver a complete solution that leverages Liberty Alliance Federation standards to seamlessly enable organizations to extend the benefits of a unified, automated access and resource provisioning experience to their partners and customers. RSA Security – RSA® Federated Identity Manager enables businesses to easily and securely share trusted identities between autonomous business units and with customers and partners. A standalone, standards-based solution that delivers tight integration with RSA SecurID two-factor authentication technology, RSA Federated Identity Manager offers greater collaboration and revenue-generation opportunities for organizations, and increases end-user convenience and productivity through seamless federated single sign-on to partner sites. In addition, the latest version of the product – RSA Federated Identity Manager 3.0 – supports SAML 2.0, enabling customers to leverage the latest version of the industry’s most mature identity federation standard. Sun Microsystems – Sun Java™ System Access Manager 2005Q4 provides open, standards-based authentication and policy-based authorization with a single, united framework for securing the delivery of essential identity and application information, improving the user experience through single sign-on, and enabling trusted networks with partners, suppliers and customers. Sun Java™ Federation Manager 7 provides secure federated services by allowing spoke partners to more efficiently leverage the core security and identity infrastructures of the hub provider. Symlabs – Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager 2.9 is a multi-protocol federated IdM suite that supports ID-FF 1.2, ID-WSF 1.1, ID-WSF 2.0, SAML 2.0 and WS-Federation in Identity Provider, SP, ECP, WSC, and WSP roles.

About the Liberty in Action Hospitality Suite

Liberty Alliance invites all Catalyst participants to attend the Liberty in Action hospitality suite where Liberty executives and representatives from member organizations will be available to “meet and greet” attendees and discuss individual demonstrations. Refreshments will be served. Liberty is also launching a Web portlet in support of Catalyst activities, illustrating technical details and use cases for the demonstrations taking place at the suite. The portlet will go live on June 15 when the URL will be distributed to interested Catalyst participants.

About Liberty Alliance
Liberty Alliance is a global alliance of companies, non-profit and government organizations developing open standards for federated network identity, interoperable strong authentication and Web services. Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services provide consumers and organizations with a more convenient, privacy respecting and secure way to control online identity information. A list of organizations deploying Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services is available at The Liberty Alliance management board currently consists of representatives from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, NTT, Oracle, RSA Security and Sun Microsystems. Membership in Liberty Alliance is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations. A full list of members, as well as information about how to become a member, is available at /membership


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