The Liberty Alliance Project, an alliance formed to create open, federated, single sign-on identity standards for the digital economy via any device connected to the Internet, added seven industry leading companies as founding members and members of the management board.
Those seven companies include: American Express, AOL Time Warner, France Telecom, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard Company, MasterCard International and a major commercial bank. The other founders of the Alliance and members of the management board are: Bell Canada, Global Crossing, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Openwave Systems, RealNetworks, RSA Security, Sony Corp., Sun Microsystems, United Airlines and Vodafone.
With dozens of trusted, worldwide, industry leading companies participating and over 3000 inquiries for more information about membership, the Liberty Alliance continues to gain critical mass and represent hundreds of millions of customers, said Eric Dean, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board, in a statement to the media.
The Alliance is rapidly moving forward to develop a commercially viable, open, ubiquitous standard for network identity, authentication and authorization across a multitude of business systems and consumer products touched by the Internet – from cellular phones to Web browsers and automobiles, added Mr Dean, who is also chief information officer of United Airlines.
The Alliance also reported that it is opening the coalition to sponsor level membership, which provides full participation in Alliance activities for those companies interested in playing an active role.