Online services using security systems developed by the Liberty Alliance Project will be offered to millions of consumers by America Online Inc and D-Link Systems Inc.
Liberty’s Identity Web Services Framework (IDWSF) will provide authenticated access for third parties’ applications to AOL’s Radio@AOL music service and You’ve Got Pictures photogallery, AOL said yesterday.
The deal marks possibly the largest consumer availability to date of Liberty’s specifications. Radio@AOL and You’ve Got Pictures will be available to AOL’s 31.5 million subscribers as well as non-AOL subscribers under the D-Link deal.
AOL, a Liberty board member and co-founder, said it used Liberty rather than proprietary AOL software in order to attract partners like network company D-Link.
The Internet service provider plans to use a set of planned Liberty specifications in other yet-to-be announced AOL offerings. Liberty is currently beginning phase three of its work, providing specifications for an address book, geo-location and presence services.
Dulles, Virginia-based AOL said it is likely to adopt Liberty’s work on an address book.
Conor Cahill, AOL chief architect, told ComputerWire use of specifications such as IDWSF meant companies like D-Link could offer services like Radio@AOL with other radio services, without the need for adopting separate companies’ sign-in and authentication mechanisms.
Under the deal with Fountain Valley, California-based D-Link, D-Link’s Wireless Media Player will stream AOL multimedia content to non-PC devices like TVs. IDWSF outlines permission-based attribute sharing, identity discovery service, interaction service, security profiles and support for devices that don’t run HTTP-servers, like TV sets.
This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.