SeamlessAccess for R&E Federation Operators
Federation Operators will find SeamlessAccess a powerful tool that supports the crucial first step in federated single sign-on when a user tries to “find home,” i.e., to indicate which institution’s credential the user wishes to sign in with. Federation Operators can offer a branded default Identity Provider (IdP) discovery service to their members that will allow users to see the value the federation brings to the experience.
Today, services implement their own home-finding, or Where Are You From (WAYF), mechanisms with different vocabulary and user interface. This non-standardized format results in highly inconsistent experiences, making it difficult for casual users to navigate the sign-in experience. SeamlessAccess provides a consistent, intuitive, and easy-to-use home institution discovery mechanism. It dramatically simplifies the sign-in experience.
Further, with appropriately branding, this discovery mechanism visually conveys to the user that they are signing into the service with the same trusted credential issued by their home institution, underpinned by a globally trusted research and education community. It lends a powerful platform to help the end-user intuit the value of R&E identity federations.