Philips to give staff electronic IDs

Electronics giant Philips is running a project to create an electronic identity for its 200,000 employees.

Electronics giant Philips is running a project to create an electronic identity for its 200,000 employees.

The company is using Novell's eDirectory software and its DirXML tool to maintain the directory of staff and their job roles. Philips is also planning to open up the system to allow third parties to log in to applications.

Philip's Project Oxygen was unveiled at Novell's Brainshare Europe user conference in Barcelona last week, where chairman and chief executive Jack Messman outlined a strategy to make identity management the basis of all IT systems.

Messman introduced the concept of an identity-based IT infrastructure, which he said would allow organisations to work in a more agile manner. With an identity-based infrastructure, he said, "All IT systems and applications become identity-aware."

In Novell's vision, applications would be packaged as IT services, which would be made available to end-users based on their job roles. A directory containing job functions, roles and access rights is an important step in ensuring access to applications and data.

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