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Aberdeen council rolls out federated ID management

Antony Savvas

Aberdeen Council has hired Salford Software to implement an identity management solution across the authority.

The Salford solution will provide local government employees with a single identity across the council’s many departments and services.

This will streamline the management of employee access, as users will only need a single set of log-in details to gain access to essential applications.

The finished system will support 14,000 government employees at around 100 council sites. The system will cover central IT systems, employee identity badges and also access to buildings.

“Like all councils we have a diversified workforce which encompasses workers in everything from schools, day centres, sheltered housing and waste management to social workers and road workers,” said Debra Storr, business analyst at the council.

She added, “This means that keeping track of the differing jobs, people and access to different local government facilities and computer systems is a very complex task. We need a solution that will allow provisioning of differing services to relevant employees as well as allowing data to be ‘updated once, updated everywhere’ across every relevant department or service.”

Phase one of the project will see the creation of an ID vault where all relevant employee data will be held. This will create an employee “white pages” across the council sites; it will initially go live on the council phone and e-mail systems.

Other core systems will then begin to be connected, with HR seen as the major way of driving the provisioning of other systems.

Implementation will begin immediately, with a first-phase roll-out at the end of April.

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