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Liberty Alliance Members Demonstrate Identity-Based, Interoperable Web Services

Monday, March 22, 2004

Liberty Alliance, the global consortium developing an open federated identity standard and business tools for implementing identity-based services, today announced the successful completion of two projects based on Liberty’s new Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF). Liberty’s Identity Web Services Framework, part of the organization’s Phase 2 specifications, is now being used as the underlying architecture for unique new identity-based services.

At CTIA 2004, March 22-24, America Online, Inc., Nokia and Trustgenix will jointly demonstrate a prototype Nokia mobile handset offering Radio@AOL, the number one Internet radio broadcaster (as reported by Arbitron). The prototype will demonstrate how AOL is employing Liberty’s ID-WSF specifications, particularly the authentication, discovery, permissions-based attribute sharing and security features within the specifications, to enable any consumer to access and personalize the Radio@AOL service using a mobile handset.

“We’re very pleased to be participating in the first ID-WSF pilot that shows how access to our leading online radio service can be easily personalized and device independent,” said Conor Cahill, chief DMS architect at America Online, Inc. “We created this Liberty-enabled Radio@AOL demonstration with Nokia and Trustgenix in less than six weeks, which would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of all parties involved.”

Another company announcing its use of Liberty’s ID-WSF specifications for an identity-based service is Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile telecommunications network companies. Vodafone, Trustgenix and Gamefederation have collaborated to build a Liberty-enabled multiplayer mobile gaming proof-of-concept.

Using Liberty as the authentication mechanism, a user can discover a game site over Vodafone’s network, access it and personalize his or her experience. The proof-of-concept has been shown at a number of events, including the recent Liberty Alliance Mobile Business Tutorial given at last month’s 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

“The completion of these projects underscores Liberty's ability to bridge fixed and mobile Internet services," said Timo Skyttä, vice president of Liberty Alliance and senior manager at Nokia. "An identity-aware framework allows communities, such as those in the mobile and gaming industry, to provide highly personalized and attractive services while improving usability of the service at the same time. The Liberty-enabled pilots show how the whole ecosystem supports Web services, including mobile devices.”

“Trustgenix is proud to be at the forefront in supporting the Liberty ID-WSF specifications. Being able to provide technology for these projects in a short period of time clearly shows the maturity of the Liberty specifications,” said Atul Tulshibagwale, CEO of Trustgenix. “Open standards-based web-services are a cornerstone of modern IT infrastructures and our Liberty-enabled products, IdentityBridge™ and TFS-Carrier™, are helping customers adopt them rapidly without disruption to their existing IT environments.”

“Creating and implementing open standards has been a part of Gamefederation’s strategy since we started the game service technology GEX several years ago,” says Thomas Lindgren, CEO of Gamefederation. “Standards will benefit content developers by making it easier for them to reach a bigger market, since they don’t have to adjust their content to a plethora of different systems. In addition, operators, service providers and end users will benefit from more accessible content. We decided to join and move forward with the Liberty Alliance since we believe that it has a unique value proposition for the gaming industry.”

“Interoperability demonstrations and proof-of-concept tests such as these show how companies can come together and develop compelling services with very short lead times,” said James Vanderbeek, senior manager of strategy at Vodafone. “Vodafone is a committed Board member of Liberty and we expect to begin implementing Liberty into our network later this year.”

About the Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance Project is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe. The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, governments, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today’s digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalized data services, as well as web-based services. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

If you are interested in seeing the full list of Liberty Alliance members or are interested in becoming a member, please visit us at www.projectliberty.org.

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