eduroam and Identity Services

eduroam and Identity Services


In this video, we will discuss eduroam and how it fits in an identity management service portfolio. So, what is eduroam? eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming
access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows visiting researchers to use
their home organization identity to gain access to wireless networks where ever eduroam has
been deployed. eduroam is an example of a simple, single-service
federation, one that depends on the same type of identity infrastructure as do multi-purpose
federations The value of this is obvious: campuses do
not need to provision special accounts for visiting students and researchers, or worse,
allow open networks on their campus so anyone can use them. And, the user experience of visiting a different
campus is greatly improved by just logging in with a known, trusted identity and getting
straight to work. While the value is obvious, the costs may
be less so. In order for a user to be able to use eduroam,
they need to have a campus identity from a campus that supports identity federation. The campus needs to know who their users
are, and needs to provision and deprovision account information. Only after these first steps of establishing
identity services are done, do the next steps of actually installing the eduroam service
infrastructure make sense. More information on campus identity systems
and an introduction to identity federation are available as part of this video series.

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